What we did not see here in the USA
Saturday, July 28, 2012
In my last blog post, I commented/complained that there seemed to be no conclusion or bridge between the extravaganza and the Parade of Nations. Well, there was but we in the USA didn't get to see it.
I am just lifting what Deadspin.com say about this video. It kind of makes me angry that NBC did not carry this but substituted a vacuous interview by Ryan Seacrest with Michael Phelps. This brought ears to my eyes.
Here's The Opening Ceremony Tribute To Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn't Want You To See
by Timothy Burke
The major transitional element of today's London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem "Abide With Me" by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the 2012 Summer Olympic hosts were named. (It's also been suggested the performance was a memorial to the war dead.)
Regardless, it was a rather significant and emotional moment in the opening ceremony, coming just before the parade of nations -- and it wasn't aired in the United States. Instead, viewers were treated to a lengthy and meaningless Ryan Seacrest interview of Michael Phelps. NBC regularly excises small portions of the opening ceremony to make room for commercials, but we've never heard of them censoring out an entire performance -- especially to air an inane interview. We've asked NBC why they didn't air the tribute, and if they get back to us we'll let you know what they say. In the meantime, enjoy the performance everyone else in the world saw. [BBC]