Activism and the GamesSubmitted Wed Aug 20 2008 10:28:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) by Jason Z.
The quadrennial -- or biennial, now that the summer and winter games are staggered --
hypocrisy irony of the "Olympic Movement" formulation from the mouthpieces of global capital is probably not actually any more finely described by Beijing's turn on the stage than by any other ruthless global hegemon's. Hey, Mary Lou Retton was sticking vaults and selling breakfast cereal while Central America was crawling with death squads.
But China has brought renewed hand-wringing from the guardians of right-thinking about the wrongness of bringing politics into a "Movement" so palpably political from the get-go, and so explicitly marked in its most memorable moments -- Jesse Owens in Berlin, the Blood in the Water match -- by political valences.
And then, of course, there's this:
Today's not the calendar anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos's famous protest, but it's almost (as of this writing) the very moment of the men's 200 meter finals, the event that put them on the podium to deliver it.
Here's the Beeb on that Olympic moment in that pregnant year: