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NBC skips tribute piece in Olympics Opening Ceremony


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#151 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:14 PM

So ... other than complaints against NBC for not airing the ceremony in it's entirety ... what did the reviewers think of the ceremony itself?

Reviews collected by The Guardian ...

London 2012: Opening ceremony – reviews

Writers, critics and campaigners give their view of Danny Boyle's spectacular curtain-raiser to the sporting spectacular

http://www.guardian....iews?intcmp=239

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#152 OFFLINE   Fraaaak

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:42 AM

Incorrect. The clip is available at the beginning of this very thread. It was the BBC's announcers who mentioned the sadness "the very next day" - not the stadium announcers. The stadium announcers followed what was in the media guide ... "people who could not be here tonight".

If that isn't enough, why not go to the person responsible for the segment? As noted in the Deadspin article from the first post: Metro reporter Cassandra Garrison told me the segment's choreographer Akram Khan did not mention 7/7 in his press conference on the performance, explaining it instead to be about "mortality."

And as a reminder, from the media guide:

Memorial Wall
Spectators have been invited to present images of loved ones who couldn’t be with us tonight. In a moving moment, those who are absent from us are digitally present.

Akram Khan and Emeli Sandé
Emeli Sandé sings ‘Abide With Me’. Fifty dancers, including the choreographer Akram Khan, dramatise the struggle between life and death using such powerful images of mortality as dust and the setting sun.


Calling this a 7/7 tribute is revisionist, intended to evoke the emotions Americans have for 9/11. "How dare they cut a 7/7 tribute" comes across much stronger than "how dare they cut a tribute to spectator's family who couldn't be here because they died for one reason or another."

When the choreographer doesn't call it a 7/7 tribute before the show and the media guide makes no 7/7 reference it seems odd to call it a 7/7 tribute after the fact. But it makes nice fodder for tabloids.


The FACT is that the pictures of the people displayed on the in stadium video screens and the BBC broadcast WERE the victims of 7/7 along with others - how is calling that a tribute to the victims "revisionist" - it could be that both interpretations of the segment are correct - it can be a tribute to the victims of 7/7 as well as others who could not be there - the two are not mutually exclusive.

Edited by Fraaaak, 02 August 2012 - 09:02 AM.


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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:21 PM

The FACT is that the pictures of the people displayed on the in stadium video screens and the BBC broadcast WERE the victims of 7/7 along with others - how is calling that a tribute to the victims "revisionist" - it could be that both interpretations of the segment are correct - it can be a tribute to the victims of 7/7 as well as others who could not be there - the two are not mutually exclusive.

But to paint it AS a 7/7 tribute only when they wanted to attack NBC for not airing it? Obscene and insensitive to the real victims of 7/7 and their families.

One site attacking NBC for not airing the tribute noted that two American soldiers who died this year were pictured on the "wall". 7/7 victims? Hardly.

And getting away from the anti-NBC angle of the story ... step back to the reviews I linked a couple of posts back. See what people who saw the whole event wrote about the opening ceremony and what they liked (and disliked). Do you see any mention of the (alleged) "7/7 tribute"? Any mention of the tribute at all? Even by one of the many critics quoted?

It was a tribute to the dead and a dance number dramatizing the struggle between life and death. But it got more press from it's absence than it did from it's presence.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:38 PM

In starting this thread, I partly wanted to keep the discussion of this particular screwup by NBC - and that's what it is in my mind, a screwup - out of the general thread on the Olympics coverage.

What I was ticked about is that even though NBC made a business decision to pay billions for the rights to Olympic coverage in the U.S., sometimes even those running a multibillion dollar business have to think broader than their normal tunnel vision. One just can't always do whatever one wants because it's their money.

In this case, they represented Americans regarding a serious British endeavor. It's ok to delay for the time zone difference to allow more Americans to see it. It is rude to cut elements out - it's like getting up in the middle of a live concert and leaving because you're bored. You can do it, you may have a reason to do it, but if the reason doesn't border on life-or-death you don't do it.

It was worse because it was a tribute to the dead. It was made worse because Bob Costas got to spew on the air about not having a specific moment of silence over the Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed by terrorists 40 years ago. And it was worse because those giving the color commentary hadn't done their homework.

But mostly it was bad because NBC represented me and I just cannot tolerate rude and stupid. I'm now over it and am enjoying the athletes performances.

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