Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fireworks and Little Girls

Warning: Another Olympic/China rant. If you are tired of these diatribes, here's a cute corgi you can look at instead for your viewing pleasure. I perfectly understand if you'd rather see the corgi. If you don't like corgis, well then, you're on your own.

I can understand the issue with the digitally added pyrotechnics used in the opening ceremonies that only benefited the television viewing audience. Supposedly, it was a safety issue that involved not wanting to use a helicopter pilot to follow and tape the path of the "footprints" (which I thought were amorphous blobs, but what do I know?)

But, in the case of the cute little pony-tailed girl who sang "Ode to the Motherland", where it was revealed later that the voice was not her's, but of another little girl who just wasn't cute enough to take center stage in the "Bird's Nest", the explanation in the end was "National interests".

On a "talk-back" segment on CNN today, someone pointed out that people should stop picking apart the opening ceremonies because it was "entertainment", after all. Okay, I could buy that, that is until "National interests" came into play.

It's those same "National interests" that hid away protesters, told people who wanted to petition the government to stay home, and sent some of those who voiced opposition against the Olympics to prison.

Nothing "entertaining" about that now, is there?

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