I have to get some things off my chest. I love Team USA basketball, Gabby Douglas, and Serena Williams like all of America does, but let me be clear hear. The Olympic Games, from the Opening ceremonies to the Closing, no matter which country is hosting them, is an event in militarism, nationalism and corporatism all rolled up into one.
Think about this. For the umteenth time during the closing ceremonies, Bob Costas and Matt Lauer wonder aloud, see how wonderful it is that all of us countries are getting together to play nice. Shouldn’t we all be as one like that John Lennon song? To this, I must add a Barthian emphatic NO! First of all, under whose terms and agreements are the, what 7 billion people of the world going to assent to be unified? As I watched the Olympics in limited but critical fashion, I did some wondering of my own: “Why were Bob Costas and Matt Lauer the voices for America at NBC?” It certainly was not their vast knowledge of world history!
The Olympics are products dedicated to hegemony. Everyone must conform to this or that standard, and hey, look everybody, we now have peace! It’s not the Olympics themselves I find offensive, it is the mythology behind it: the idea that humanity work together to create some peaceful utopian society, without there ever having been any sort of conflict. In short, nations have to continually lie to each other, as if somethings never happened, oh, like colonialism (hey, let’s laugh at that white British guy dancing with those Indians!), and that international political bodies such as the United Nations and the International Olympics Committee do not have biases against non-western nations (a round of applause for China everyone, everyone–and you still can’t read this blog when you’re in that country, just a friendly reminder).
Also, I just wonder what Britain’s military had to do with the Olympics. I thought we were celebrating peace and harmony and all that jazz? Do we really need to have Two-Thirds world countries like Afghanistan and Iraq see vivid memories of their occupiers? The one good thing out of this year’s Olympics was that women were represented from every participating country. The bad news? The Spice Girls felt it was time for a reunion. #FAIL. The performers at this year’s games were a tribute to how successful really good agents are.
To see how extreme “patriots” get for the Olympics, how about that guy from Fox News, you know, when the USA won in women’s gymnastics. What was his commentary? Gabby Douglas and her friends aren’t patriotic enough. Really? Really? Do you think someone is over-compensating a bit too much? Thanks David Webb, that’s a real tea-bagging douche canoe thing to say! The sad part in all of this is that David Webb was named after the guy the government changed into Jason Bourne.
Fox New, proudly patriotic once more, displayed the best taste when discussing Serena Williams’ C-Walk after her victory. She can never be a patriot in their eyes cuz she’s black, but she can be criticized for being a thug: Thanks Fox News, now I know what the Olympics are all about.
So, Gabby Douglas’ hair isn’t like white people’s, she’s not patriotic enough, and she talks about Jesus too much. I think the latter speaks for itself. If you talk about Jesus, you have the means of resisting nationalism, hero worship and consumerism. Especially since Christ defeated the Gods of Mount Olympus!
Hey, but no worries. Everything is peachy-keen, and a-okay! Now back to your delayed-scheduled t.v. programming.