Monday, 30 July 2012
Ai on the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony æ
Brilliant. It was very, very well done. This was about Great Britain; it didn’t pretend it was trying to have global appeal. Because Great Britain has self-confidence, it doesn’t need a monumental Olympics. But for China that was the only imaginable kind of international event. Beijing’s Olympics were very grand – they were trying to throw a party for the world, but the hosts didn’t enjoy it. The government didn’t care about people’s feelings because it was trying to create an image.
A truly impressive showing of Britain’s cultural might. I guess monumental is the only thing left to go for when you’ve destroyed most of your country’s culture a few decades prior and have only been preoccupied with developing economic power since.