That was then and this is now…
From the opening ceremony to closing ceremony I’ve realized that I was never represented as a host. Because I’m not a fiddler nor am I an aboriginal (to be fair the Host Nations were not 100% correctly represented – e.g. the Inukshuk does not represent any of the four Host Nations). I am a Canadian born Muslim with Indian ancestry. Not an ounce of my culture, beliefs or what makes me Canadian was represented.
Where was the presentation of minorities that make up the multicultural fabric that is Canada in the Olympics? Did I miss this segment? Was it on Pay Per View?
Canada had its chance to eliminate several stereotypes we have in the world. Rather we decided to dedicate our tax funds and our international air time to further your misconceptions of us. But, hey at least now you know we can make fun of ourselves. We are good at that. So don’t feel left out when you’re making fun of us instead give us a call so we can join in with you.
The Olympic Games have become a modern day battlefield where the country with most medals basks in its supremacy. Moving away from the amateur sports competition it has become about the best professional and therefore has become exclusive to those athletes who can afford the latest and most expensive gear.
So, when an athlete wins a medal how does a nation benefit? Who do the ceremonies represent?
Maybe I will have an answer by 2014.