NBC aired the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on Friday on a tape-delay, and edited portions of the ceremony for the American audience. One of the most noticeable edits was the omission of a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London. The choreographer for the performance criticized NBC for the omission yesterday, mockingly asking if it was cut for not being “commercial enough.”
Akram Khan said the tribute was intended to be “a reminder of our own mortality and the transfer of possibilities and hopes between generations.” Naturally, he was not happy that NBC cut it out of its U.S. broadcast (which was replaced by Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps).
“I feel disheartened and disappointed,” Khan, who is of Bangladeshi descent, said in an online video of a press conference held in London on Saturday.
Referring to the tribute, which commemorates the victims of the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings of London Underground trains and a double-decker bus, he asked: “Is it not accessible enough? Is it not commercial enough?”
Fifty two people and the four bombers died in the attacks.
An NBC spokesperson explained yesterday that they did “very little editing” for the ceremony, but they edits they did make were in line with making “the program… tailored for the U.S. television audience.”
h/t Chicago Tribune
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