Skip to comments.Choreographer angry that NBC cut segment (Christian hymn was cut out)
Posted on 07/28/2012 7:30:59 PM PDT by marthemaria
The choreographer of a somber segment in the London Olympics opening ceremony said Saturday he's disappointed that NBC decided not to show it to an American audience.
Spectators were asked to display photos of loved ones who could not be there during the segment. The music, a hymn called "Abide With Me," was described in the ceremony's program as an "honest expression of the fear of approaching death."
NBC producers did not air it, instead showing American viewers Ryan Seacrest's interview with swimmer Michael Phelps.
"I am disappointed," said Londoner Akram Khan, who choreographed and danced in the segment. "I am really sad that I couldn't show the work in America, and that really upsets me, because I don't think it's any more or less than the other pieces. It brings to mind the question ... that maybe it's too truthful."
The ceremony's program describes the performance as dramatizing "the struggle between life and death using such powerful images of mortality as dust and the setting sun."
Some in the British press have interpreted the segment as being a tribute to victims of bomb attacks in July 2005 that killed 52 commuters and four suicide bombers on London's transit network
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nbc dumped out a Christian hymn? I am not surprised.
You really think they would give a Christian hymn air time? LOL
NBC can fight God if they want. If God shakes the earth just one time, they will all fall to their knees.
Big mistake on NBC's part.
Amidst the frantic Olympic opening ceremony...beautiful hymn.
Yeah, not surprising. Anything that supports Christianity or American patriotism (nationalism) would be shunned by NBC and their Muslim controllers.
They probably had the producer from Miami who spliced the Zimmerman police phone call tape working on the Olympics—keeping up the standards they set with the Richard Jewell story. NBC is a hollowed out peacock.
posted earlier- the video is at the Deadspin link...it was also a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 attacks in London...
So the IOC had no problem honoring family members of the specators but wouldn’t allow any mention of the athletes killed in the 1972 Olympics?
I don’t blame the choreographer for one minute. I am right there with him. Of all the countries that can relate to the sorrow of a nation after a terrorist attack, we can. Yet, NBC sees fit to act as dictator, and edits the solemn programming out. Despicable.
The IOC chief said they could not have a single minute of silence for the 40th anniversary of the Munich 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes because it was “too sombre” and the Olympics were to be about “uplifting and hopeful themes”. But THIS long display focused on death and the 7/7 terror attack wasn’t “sombre”?
NBC???Rachel Maddow probably did not approve....not to mention schultz...Pathetic
Pretty pathetic, but not at all surprising.
what are the people doing running around during it?
It was broadcast in the Guangzhou Airport in COMMUNIST China. I heard it nad wondered why a decidedly Christian hymn expressing absolute trust in God’s promises would be broadcast in that place. Now, I know.
It's a shame that NBC didn't show this--they probably used the time for a commercial break.
Thanks for the link.
What a shame NBC edited this out it is very beautiful.
So very obvious why they did that.
We are all in big trouble. Prayers to God to save our United States of America.
NBC is the most shameless of the atheist Democrat networks.
This is absolutely no surprise.
Here is a clearer recording of the Hymn, done by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, with a bit of the history of the Hymn.
Abide with Me
Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out lifes little day;
Earths joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempters powr?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is deaths sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heavns morning breaks, and earths vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
And another recording by Hayley Westenra
NBC hates Christians.
Pray for America
Thank you for the link. Now I’m even more amazed they are “getting away” with cutting it.
According to the bbc http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19037588 it was cut because NBC thought the Americas wouldn’t be interested in a 7/7 tribute but would rather see Ryan Seacrest.