I loathe TV commercials. But last night, during the short amount of my life which I will never have back, I thought the commercials were better than the Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony.
I tuned in the first time while they were dancing around hospital beds in honor of the National Health Service. I imagine that that was on the highlight reel the DNC and Sr. Keehan made for Pres. Obama.
The second time I tuned in, there was a rapper. Since rap did for music what B&D did for romance, I switched channels.
From what I could tell in the Tweet-o-sphere, not many people liked what they heard and saw.
And today someone told me that they made the Queen into a Bond Girl. Really?
As it turns out, they had a “cunning plan” for the Opening Ceremonies.
I like what Tom Hoopes wrote over at CatholicVote.org:
Olympic Opening Ceremony shows have become a way for a nation to tell the world how it sees itself. Four years ago, China told us it sees itself as “All Under Heaven.” What did Britain say?
10. Opening scenes: The British people see themselves as having gone from being Hobbits to being Orcs.
9. National Health Care is a song and dance that becomes a nightmare.
8. Modern Britain sees itself in the wildness of Caliban from Shakespeare’s Tempest, not the greatness of Henry V.
7. Their national trajectory, as displayed in the presentation: From greatness to decadence, from power to party, from class to crass.
6. It opened with the hymn “Jerusalem” and honored terrorist victims with “Abide In Me.” Even now, Christ is Britain’s only real hope …
5. The Sex Pistols were featured. Either the Sex Pistols have sold out to the mainstream’s consumerism, or the mainstream has sold out to the Sex Pistols’ nihilism … or there’s no difference.
4. China saw itself as a sea of perfectly coordinated drummers. Britain sees itself as a sea of perfectly uncoordinated partiers.
3. Danny Boyle’s presentation saw two revolutions as key to Britain: The Industrial Revolution and the sex, drugs and rock-n-roll revolution.
2. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” is a kind of national anthem now.
1. On the positive side: Mr. Bean is truly awesome.