Monday, March 1

Olympic Closing Ceremonies

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that almost all of the famous Canadians that they had come out and speak at the end live in America and many are now naturalized American citizens? Shatner said something about them dreaming big and the first thing that popped into my mind was -- yes, you dream of moving to and making it in America.

Sorry if that sounds cynical but, it's true (at least the part about almost all of the famous Canadians that spoke or performed living in America) -- Neil Young, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Catherine O'Hara; that's all I've seen so far -- all live in America.

Nothing against Canada but if I were suddenly to become hugely famous and had the wealth that goes with that -- I would still live in America.


UrbanStarGazer said...

I have to say . . . this was the worst opening and closing ceremonies I've ever seen.

I liked what China did for the Summer Olympics, that was pretty snazzy.

This is downright embarrassing.

emma said...

I didn't watch any of the Olympics, but America has always drawn Canadian performers. Actors/singers/comics can make a lot more money if they hit it big in the US than in their own country--ditto pretty much any other country in the world. A lot of people like to rag on the US, but we still get millions of people who want to move/work/play here.

Jilly said...

it's the taxes, we have some of the lowest taxes in the indulstrialized world. people can live very comfortably in other countries (health care, child care, schooling etc), but they won't be uber rich. america gives people the chance to be uber rich.

china had the bonus of being able to force people to do awesome shit for the opening and closing with dire consequences for people who messed it up. i think everyone knew canada couldn't top it and i wouldn't expect that level of artistry out of london in 2 years either.

Catz said...

I just watched the skating. Hubby called me in a few days later to watch some weird game with sticks that had football shape pieces on the ends.Then I lost interest.

UrbanStarGazer said...

There were at least 3, if not 4, giant blow up beavers and a giant blow up moose. I mean giant, like 10 stories high. It was very odd.

Shatner made some comment about them being able to screw in canoes, that was interesting that they actually let him say that.

emma said...

ya know, those opening/closing ceremonies have become style over substance. Cheers for Canada for bring it down . . maybe the next opening/closing will be some guy saying "The Games are now opened." and Tracey Ullman saying, "The Games are closed. GO HOME!"