The Cassandra principle soothsaying legacy primetime societal critique animated series of all-time, took a brutal shot at the International Olympic Committee and spelling bee politics with the brilliance of an unassuming whiskey. The snarkiest know-it-all daughter Lisa, was paired with the legendary George Plimpton as the Spellympics merged the topics of teenage proteges, overbearing adults, and bureaucracy intermixed with nuanced humor capped by the ceremonious release of an angry swarm of “bees” to commemorate the spirit of the competition.
Plimpton played the aloof, yet benevolent master of ceremonies and his dry wit nullified Lisa’s insufferable sanctimony. As the Beijing Winter Olympics forge on with just the right amount of totalitarianism introduced in thankfully distracting from the hellfire intrigue of ice dancing, the serious question remains would one rather endure US network coverage of the games, or watch an incessant repeat of the aforementioned Simpson’s episode? And the IOC has yet be considered in the brutal calculation of Nancy Pelosi urging American athletes to shut their pie holes regarding China’s human right’s violations during interviews. Unfortunately for the competitors, many who have likely reached their athletic pinnacle in achieving a dream, the guiltily addictive behind the scenes drama is far more compelling than the actual events, as viewers feel compelled to arm themselves with a Rand, Orwell, or Huxley title while ingesting Xi’s guards cart off the next television reporter during live coverage.
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While firing reasonable criticism towards an authoritarian government which exploits its citizens to maintain a rigid power structure for inner party members, it is becoming challenging even living in the First Amendment bastion of the US to avoid Beijing’s tendrils of militarized censorship. With specially trained and gifted members of the People’s Liberation Army adept at hacking utilizing an array of cyber-skills, the information war has yet to reach its crescendo, as the true battlefield for the future is within the digital realm. While the fate of an unregulated internet hangs in the balance, the issue of the Olympics still has to be resolved on a multitude of levels.
China has already doubled down on threats to media members who are outspoken against the country’s treatment of residents, as a Dutch reporter was literally dragged away by security during an interview. No words are needed to describe this unsettling video.
The polarizing politics outside of the rink and off the mountain, including Russian federation athletes actively protesting by donning forbidden Russian flags on their Opening Ceremony uniforms, is must see TV, and with the Orwellian backdrop of a contemporary dystopia projecting a surreal nightmare, China’s empty gesture only adds to the epic self-flying drone wreck. With the US diplomatic boycott of the games, Vladimir Putin is hamming it up for an array of publicity shots in further driving a chasm between the East and West, as cynics believe that war is imminent, and George Washington’s upcoming birthday will be the last in a civilized world.
Fear-mongering aside, in the aftermath of the Closing Ceremonies, a multitude of politicians are going to have to answer for their callous rhetoric in bowing down to China. Fortunately, Biden’s approval numbers are perilously low, and the midterm elections are likely to flip the Senate for Republicans, as the next two years could be a stalemate in at least digging the nation out from the blizzard of Covid-19 and politicized proclamations disguised as mandates.
The most disappointing trend from the Beijing debacle, is that many Americans are watching the 2022 Olympics in a carefree manner, while receiving multiple deliveries of affordable Chinese-produced products through Amazon in annihilating small businesses. While the vapid mentality is understandable considering the 15-second attention span, and an aversion to studying and processing the valuable lessons of history, it is somehow all Trump’s fault.
While the infrastructure of the Olympics has always been a colossal sham, at one time it was all about athletics coalescing with patriotism, as battles were fought on the ice and on the hills. However, since the gravitation to staggering the Summer and Winter games to happen every two years, instead of both coinciding every four years, stagnation has set in, and with the terrible decision by NBC to compartmentalize its coverage of specific events, the entire franchise has become convoluted. Add into the mix the implacable dragon of China, and the whole mess is worth avoiding, hence one faces the wrath of Beijing’s vaporization team.