I certainly appreciated the artistry and the synchronization that went into the Beijing Opening Ceremonies.
But I’m with you, redrosetea. I’m getting pretty sick of these elaborate Olympic ceremonies with Hollywood glitz.
As far as I’m concerned, the best Opening Ceremony ever was Sarajevo. It was just children doing folk dances. Very sweet.
I live close to Chicago, and we are all hoping that we get the 2016 Olympics, and my daughter is hoping to work on the Opening Cermonies. I hope that we will not play “Top That Ceremony” in the Windy City. All I can think of is thousands of cows stampeding through the stadium on their way to the slaughterhouses, and I don’t really want to volunteer and end up as the back end of one of those bovines!
Another thing that is kind of depressing is that all these other countries have thousands of years of history, while we only have about 250 (or 450, depending on where you start keeping track). And a lot of our history isn’t very glorious. Is it possible that Chicago could do an Al Capone/John Dillinger theme–yuck. Nowadays we forget how terrifying those days were.
I personally think it would be fun to re-create the “Century of Progress,” with the huge light display and all the wonders of that World’s Fair.
At any rate, can’t we keep it simple and sweet instead of letting the Hollywood special effects artists battle it out and end up with a huge mess?
As for Beijing, what I wish is that the Opening Ceremonies would have been covered by EWTN. (Were they?)
While Costas and Lauer were commenting on the beauty of the Confucious philosophies, I found myself thinking, “How sad that these people follow a man instead of Jesus.” I would have appreciated commentary from a Christian POV, reminding us that even though China had all those children in the Ceremonies, their “one child” policy is heartbreaking and against God’s natural law.
Also, I found myself wondering why all the OTHER countries, even the Communist countries, who host the Olympics include their religious heritage in their Opening Ceremonies. I am willing to bet CASH that if Chicago gets the Olympics, there won’t be ONE hint of Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam, along with the Oriental religions, in the Opening Ceremonies, even though the city is filled with Poles, Irish, Latino, German, Chinese, Korean, and African Americans, and in the last couple of decades, Muslims all over the world. At least the movie, The Blues Brothers was all about a “mission from God,” and included numerous humorous glimpes of Catholicism Chicago-style. But I’m betting that God or any mention of any religions isn’t allowed in the Olympic Stadium in the U.S.A.
Yep, it’s gonna be that cattle stampede, followed by a huge Italian beef potluck out on the stadium floor! Or a parade of people dressed up in bratwurst and Polish sausage costumes, pizza, and beer costumes.