Saturday, August 09, 2008

Olympic "Madness"

So we stayed up until midnight last night to watch the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Hubby needed ALOT of alcohol to get through the whole thing. And I only stayed up because Hubby got me interested to see who will be lighting the final flame. I wanted to know if China could come up with someone more historical and symbolic than Mohammad Ali. Then the moment came and of course they chose their own Li Ning. I didn't even know who the heck he was until Hubby gave me a brief background. How unexciting. After the whole thing was over, my brother emailed me, all excited about the opening and asked me how it went. I said it was quite a waste of money and too much hype. I think China should have spent the money on helping their own quake victims instead.

I have to admit, I don't know much about the Olympics. This is the first time I've actually watched an opening ceremony. I think the whole spirit of the olympics, what it stands for and the history behind it is great. Although I don't know what other countries did when it was their turn to host, all I can say is that the excess of the whole event last night was maddening.

All the unnatural plastered smiles on all the performers was scary first off. A commentator even said all the women looked exactly the same to him from his angle. I can see why. Everyone dressed the same, hair the same and the eerie smiles... can anyone say Botox? Then there was this little girl who sang some song. Scary! She was like a Chuckie doll, with her over exaggerated smile, frozen on her face throughout the song. There was no emotion whatsoever.

A large part of the ceremony featured all the inventions that came from China. Although it was great and all, I wondered if it was necessary. It was almost a justification of some sort. I didn't feel it was a celebration, but a blatant, arrogant show, so typical of China. I thought the Olympics symbolized so much more and instead I saw a 4 hour self-proclamation. Were all the other opening ceremonies like this as well? Because if it was, I'm glad I never bothered watching any of it.

Then when my brother mentioned China had spent $300M on the whole thing, I felt the whole thing was such a waste of money in light of the recent earthquake. If China really wants to prove to the world they are stepping forward, advancing and show they aren't all that bad, then they should have cut off a lot of the hooplah during the ceremony, spent the money on all the quake victims and explain to the world how they have decided to simplify things in honor of the quake vicims. Now think about how wowed the whole world would have been had they done that. But heck, who are we kidding?

So now Hubby and I are just interested to see how all the athletes from the non-polluted parts of the world fare against the 600 plus Chinese athletes who live on the pollution. Let the games begin!

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