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In Case You Missed The Queen, The Corgis and Daniel Craig as James Bond During the Olympics Opening Ceremonies (Plus a Few Rants…)

Corgis, Craig and The Queen

NBC is on my last good nerve.  Brittani ~ The Girl You Want posted about her displeasure with some of the Opening Ceremonies last night, and I have to agree with her regarding the inane and non-stop chatter from Matt Lauer and Meredith Vierira, who both treated American audiences as if we were complete and utter idiots.  Seems we are not the only bloggers people to feel that way:

 

Ugh. THESE two dorks.

via Slate.com

At the top of the bizarre set piece celebrating the virtues of texting, Vieira explained that World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Leewould soon be making an appearance. “If you haven’t heard of him, we hadn’t either,” she said.

Later, Lauer and Vieira described the technology that was lighting up the audience. “These are little pixel screens at every seat that allows the creative team here to actually turn the crowd into a giant LED screen,” Lauer noted. Vieira’s jokey response: “One more thing I don’t understand.”

Aside from Chris Berman-esque nicknaming, this is my least favorite sportscasting tic. Vieira is surely very intelligent. She has an army of researchers by her side both before and during the opening ceremony. And yet, likely out of a desire to seem more “relatable,” she plays dumb. This reverse snobbery is insulting to viewers—if she acts dumb, how do you think she feels about the yokels watching on the boob tube?—and perpetuates the poisonous idea that it’s uncool to know stuff.

 

At the very least, the commentary by these two goons seemed insulting to the British, with their “If it doesn’t smack of toothless middle America, it’s DUMB!” – attitude.  You’d think we as Americans never went to school the way Lauer and Vierira spoke down to their audience. And apparently, some were that stupid, since I kept hearing <insert hillbilly accent> “Ah don’ git iiit! Whaaah’s there a bunch ‘o Abe Linkinnns marchin’ around? I jus’ don’ git iiit! with regard to the themes of Danny Boyle’s impressive history-lesson of an Opening Ceremony. I’m embarrassed for a multitude of reasons.  Full. Body. Eyeroll.

But wait.  I was supposed to simply post the video of Queen Elizabeth, Daniel Craig and the CORGIS! (When I’m irritated I go completely off-topic.) Stupid NBC is being stingy with videos, as per usual, so I am happy to have found the one most of us loved the best…

(Returning to rant…)  Everyone wondered how London would “top” Beijing from 2008.  Instead of thousands of glazed-over robotic kids from four years ago, we were given feelings last night, weren’t we?  We were also give a sly and cheeky wink about America’s so-called health-care system with the darling children and dancing doctors and nurses.

"Starrr-MAN!!" Love the Bowie Masks. I wonder if they will show up on Ebay.uk??

 

And really? British music RULES. The End. Sex Pistols (who were cut short!); David Bowie; U2; Arctic Monkeys; David Bowie; Dizzee Rascal; Chemical Brothers; David Bowie; Underworld; Pet Shop Boys; David Bowie.  Oh…see what I did there? It always comes back to Bowie.  How incredible to hear his iconic song, “Heroes” played as Team Great Britain entered the arena?

Oh, you can purchase all 35 songs from the Opening Ceremonies on iTunes!

Photos: Corbis, BBCOne

The 2012 London Olympics Kick Off With James Bond, Fireworks and Lots Of Dancing

 

It’s safe to say that NBC is the absolute worst, and I’ll come back to that, but for those of you lucky enough to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony live you were spared inane commentary and really got to enjoy this spectacular show.

Although I personally wasn’t as impressed with the ceremony as much as I should have been, there were a couple of boring moments, Director Danny Boyle really did do a great job showcasing London and Great Britain. The $42 million dollar spectacle included appearances by author J.K. Rowling during a section that featured book villains including Lord Voldemort terrorizing a bunch of kids and Rowan Atkinson as his character Mr. Bean.

Daniel Craig as 007, met with Queen Elizabeth to literally drop her off at the Stadium. Wasn’t the scene of her and her corgis scurrying down the halls of Buckingham Palace cute?!

Unfortunately, Boyle didn’t incorporate any “Rage Virus” infected people in the event, and there definitely should have been some sort of ‘Attack The Block‘ reference. There was a tribute to the Industrial Revolution featuring actor Kenneth Branagh as mechanical engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, complete with top hat. This, and the “Frankie and June” saga went on a bit too long, but I loved the mix of music during this segment paying tribute to the best of British music industry over the decades. While we got a little bit of Soul II Soul, Amy Winehouse and even The Prodigy, they left out the Spice Girls among others.

Oh, HEY Fiji!

Then came the Parade Of Nations, or as I’d like to call it, “Where I’ll Be Vacationing To Find My Husband.” Who knew there were so many hot athletes in the world. The flag carrier for Fiji was a favorite, as was the one for Romania. All the things we’ve heard about going down in the Olympic Village, you can bet there will be on hell of a party before and after the games.

Made in China.

So let’s talk about the Team USA’s uniforms. I didn’t think they were that bad for outfits not actually made in America. That was a huge misstep on Ralph Lauren and his company’s part though, and can we get rid of the berets next time?

Stella McCartney DID NOT design these uniforms.

People didn’t seem to like Team Great Britain’s uniforms either. Made by Next, whoever that is, they looked like Jiffy Pop snowboarders, and Stella McCartney took to Twitter to make sure that everyone knew she had no part in that. She did however design GBs Olympic Village outfits.

Oh, Becks.

Finally, it was time to light the cauldron. David Beckham delivered the flame via speedboat on the River Thames. Many thought he would be the one to actually light the Olympic torch, and I have to say I liked DivaJulia‘s idea of him kicking a soccer ball to light it, but they went with a more subdued approach.

2012 London Olympic Flame

Seven young athletes,Cameron MacRitchie, Adelle Tracey, Katie Kirk, Desiree Henry, Jordan Duckitt, Aidan Reynolds and Callum Airlie, ran with the torch before getting individual torches from their mentors and lighting one petal which spread creating a flower of fire.

Inside the cauldron

It was pretty cool to watch, and the ceremony ended with a performance by Sir Paul McCartney.

NBC decided they were going to make watching this year’s Olympics an absolute chore from the get go. First they decided it was a good idea to employ Ryan Seacrest to help cover the games. I feel like this needs to be said: No one actually likes Seacrest but himself. I can’t even imagine his fake girlfriend likes him. This is the same network that fired Ann Curry for basically being too serious. Then you have Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira talking over every damn thing that’s going on. Their stupid, (it was stupid okay?) commentary wasn’t needed at all! We know that J.K. wrote the Harry Potter series, we didn’t need lame ass jokes about Bermuda‘s shorts.

"Do shut UP, Mr. Lauer."

There’s the Queen, cheering wildly for the host country, Great Britain,” Matt said. Cue the Queen clearly not giving a flying eff about what was going on. Worse yet, they cut a very poignant performance from of “Abide With Me” by Emeli Sande, a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London Terror Attacks. What did they show instead? An interview between Failcrest and swimmer Michael Phelps,  which I’m sure no one cared about. Even I changed the channel. Don’t even get me started on them cutting to Mittens Romney in the stands.

Stay classy, NBC.