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Olympics Closing Ceremony

What on earth was that tightrope walker setting fire via handshake to a business-suited effigy about?

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sioneva
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
I felt that way about much of the closing ceremony.
nmg
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Recreation of the cover of the Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here.
nmg
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
black_faery
Aug. 13th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. I had to explain it to my housemate and boyfriend too! Suspect it may have gone over the heads (no pun intended) of a great many of the audience. But then, there were apparently fans of the kid who was singing Floyd who thought it was his new song. *HEADDESK*
hungry_pixel
Aug. 15th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
I am reminded of a certain Mr Tucker belittling you for not knowing...something about the Rolling Stones. I'm not convinced a kid should belittled for being "too stupid" to know it wasn't a new song. You know...what you know! I wouldn't have had a clue either, as I'm not a PF fan. I would have assumed, from the context, that it was an oldie, because they are an old band, but there were other bands there doing newish stuff.
black_faery
Aug. 15th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't say they were "too stupid" (although I did have to go back and re-read my comment to make sure that I didn't!). I was merely headdesking at the thought that such an iconic song has now reached the stage of being not known by so many of the audience. It's like...hearing someone singing "We Will Rock You", and not knowing the original was by Queen...
owlfish
Aug. 13th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
_nicolai_
Aug. 13th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
More perfidious socialist content in the Olympic ceremonies!
cursor_mundi
Aug. 13th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
NBC not only broadcast the closing ceremony on delay (and censor bleeped Eric Idol), but they provided useful commentary on some of the more obscure stuff like the Floyd album tribute, and title cards on screen for the artists who were performing.

Even so, no one tried to explain the giant octopus filled with gyrating women. I've decided it was a hilarious embodiment of / commentary on Great Britain's global influence, but I'm willing to revise that opinion.
owlfish
Aug. 13th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I was just reading that NBC cut about 50 minutes out of their airing of the closing ceremonies, including several of the songs and the phoenix ballet number toward the end.

But at least you had the Floyd album tribute explained! (And probably other things too).

I loved the octopus - good use of space - whatever it was meant to symbolize!
zcat_abroad
Aug. 14th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Perhaps the octopus was a James Bond reference? Octopussy is one of the films where the villain was a woman, and there were lots of images of women in skimpy outfits - early 80s style...
cursor_mundi
Aug. 14th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
But the octopus was there for aaaages, and if there was Bond music, NBC cut it along with The Who and I guess a phoenix ballet performance (which would have explained or justified the giant hovering phoenix at the end of it all...) , and goodness knows what else. So I think it's just that GB has their tentacles in a number of different directions, y'know? Or that the Union is many arms and one head, etc etc., God save the Queen!

NBC has a lot to answer for in their broadcast choices. Apparently there was an additional satellite or cable channel (or more!), with whole events (gasp!), but I didn't have access much of the time, and certainly not at home; also, no opportunity to check the streaming. And the fact that NBC tried to excuse their cuts and interruptions by claiming they'd tweeted about it just cheesed me off! Great, EmoPeacock Network, glad you told the people who weren't actually watching the telly (but not the people watching!) what you were planning.
naxos
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Octopus's garden (in the shade) perhaps? To be honest I have no idea.
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