Olympic Games opening ceremony


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    More than 1 billion people watched the Olympic Games opening ceremony yesterday. Hope, you too. Thus, just short poll about this ceremony: [b]How it was for you?[/b] Also, if you have any questions related to ceremony - feel free to ask me.



  • I would have loved to have watched but was unable. I'm going to try and pick it up on YouTube.



  • I didn't watch.
    Was it as good as Lillehammer 1994? ;)



  • It was nice. Good Show. The only downer: Ironically, just we Germans must wear the ugliest suits. OMG what kind of colors - Awwwwwful! :S :sick:

    I would have posted a picture for example - but I am ashamed too much… :blush:


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    @Ice007:

    The only downer: Ironically, just we Germans must wear the ugliest suits. OMG what kind of colors - Awwwwwful! :S :sick:

    As I knows, it was "promotion" of LGBT that (as some people think) "oppressed" in Russia. It's funny, but Russian team had entered to the stadium under the song of "TaTu" group that use lesbian theme on the scene :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q3jAQkuyTo



  • Bitte was? Ugly? Well to each their own. I think they're pretty. For me the embarrassment was the USA's uniforms (I'm an expat in Deutschland)
    A frightful mess! Looked like the clothing factory in Bangladesh had exploded during production.



  • @Shpankov:

    It's funny, but Russian team had entered to the stadium under the song of "TaTu" group that use lesbian theme on the scene :)

    Mhhh… I love t.A.T.u. and especially Нас не догонят.

    Btw: Some suspect it was a PR stunt from Putin…


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    @Ice007:

    Mhhh… I love t.A.T.u. and especially Нас не догонят.

    Me too.

    @Ice007:

    Btw: Some suspect it was a PR stunt from Putin…

    Definitely. I guess, he want to say: in Russia there is no oppressing of LGBT. And it's true. In fact, Russian laws forbid promotion and advertising of LGBT, but not the different sexual preferences of people.

    There is funny joke in Russia.
    The old man have plans to emigrate from Russia. His friend ask about reasons. He say:

    • Well, I am worried about government's attitude towards gays.
    • Hmm, but today this is absolutely legal, what's the problem?
    • So, I remember times when it was illegal. Today I see that it's normal. I don't want to wait when it will be obligatory.


  • @Shpankov:

    There is funny joke in Russia.
    The old man have plans to emigrate from Russia. His friend ask about reasons. He say:

    • Well, I am worried about government's attitude towards gays.
    • Hmm, but today this is absolutely legal, what's the problem?
    • So, I remember times when it was illegal. Today I see that it's normal. I don't want to wait when it will be obligatory.

    LOL… good one. :lol:



  • @Shpankov:

    In fact, Russian laws forbid promotion and advertising of LGBT, but not the different sexual preferences of people.

    "Promotion" can mean many different things …

    I wonder if two homosexual people kissing on the red square in Moscow are allowed to do so - or if it is forbidden for heterosexual pairs too.

    If the later: Fine by me - equal rights for all, either everyone can do it or no one.
    If the first but not the last it would be suppression of the natural behavior of homosexual people and violate the principle of equal rights.


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    @QuHno:

    "Promotion" can mean many different things …

    I wonder if two homosexual people kissing on the red square in Moscow are allowed to do so - or if it is forbidden for heterosexual pairs too.

    It's allowed for all people. No problem.



  • I think it's easy right now to turn a critical finger at Russia, conveniently forgetting our own legal wrangling and issues in our own countries. We sometimes forget that 'people who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones.' In other words, before we presume to tell Russia how to deal with certain issues, we need to clean up our own backyards.


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    Totally agreed. And for me personally it seems very strange when one good neighbor come to house of other good neighbor and start teaching how to do this and that :)



  • Maybe the really colorful German uniforms in Sochi silently said something in response to Russian homophobia.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-olympic-uniform-for-sochi-seen-as-pro-gay-protest-a-925756.html[url=http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-olympic-uniform-for-sochi-seen-as-pro-gay-protest-a-
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  • Nope - Bogner (the designer of the German outfit) just has a bad taste.

    … and I believe we should not interpret too much in some colors - or else someone will say that the rainbow (i mean that thing you can see in the sky) is a symbol of whatever someone with his fantasy interprets into it. Sometimes the colors of a rainbow are just what they are: The colors of a rainbow.

    I have seen the opening ceremony by now (I didn't watch it live) and it was a nice and decent ceremony.
    Now let us watch the athletes fighting for the medals cheer for good athletes independent of nationality, sexual orientation or whatever artificial reason someone may find not to cheer - and stow away those pseudo whatever discussions for a while. We as normal people are allowed to enjoy the games, we don't need them as platform to show off that we are the greatest, best whatever thing since invention of the wheel ...

    BTW:
    Who remembers the games in Lillehammer?
    The spectators there cheered for every athlete - even if (s)he didn't manage to be one of the medalists. IMHO the games there were among the friendliest and happiest games I have ever seen. That is the right Olympic spirit. We should keep it up.


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    Totally agreed!



  • "Promotion" can mean many different things …

    It's about mass media, not people.


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    Hmm, seems some people watched the edited version of opening ceremony.



  • I'm pleased to see that my "home and native land" (Canada) is doing well in the medals' department. Go Canada - Go!


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