Monday, March 01, 2010
Some Canadians were not amused at the campy finish to the Olympics
I guess some people don't appreciate a little bit of humour and self-deprecation. Anyone can do pyrotechnics, laser light shows and acrobats. These closing ceremonies were unparalleled because instead of trying to overwhelm, you got a few laughs instead. So Canadian. The absolute highlight of the evening was Michael Buble's rendition of The Maple Leaf Forever. Whoever came up with that production number is a genius.
Buble was perfect, and the Broadway production swirling around him was so wonderfully campy. The dancing Mounties, and then the giant wooden Mounties being wheeled out, and the dancing maple leaf babes, and the swaying coureurs des bois in their canoes, and the giant beavers and moose, and best of all, the giant hockey table game. It was all a bit of inside joke. These are symbols of Canadian stereotypes that have endured for years. Now perhaps finally put to rest.
Anyway, I have to run. I have guests coming over and the igloo is a mess.