Tuesday, 8 April 2008

In Praise of The Body Beautiful

by Edwin Hesselthwite

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We at Little Man, What Now? have never been opposed to exercise and sports. It is true that in the 19th century the staff team was more of an explorative bent for exercise (Richard Burton and Captain Oates were both on the staff) than a competitive one, but Adam Hawks himself was regarded as the greatest curler of his age. In the more recent years of the early 21st century, LMWN became one of the leading lights in British Snooker blogging.

And yet The Olympic Games has always been treated as an object of suspicion by this publication, ever since it's inception in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war. The Olympics' modern themes: nationalised competition, the political impartiality of sport, the cultural supremacy of Ancient Greece, amateurism, drug-free bodily perfection, and the emphasis on grandiose theatrics all have their roots in the traditions of German Naturism and early fascism that was the focus of the 1936 Berlin Olympic games.

The events theatrics as established by Leni Riefenstahl and Joseph Goebbels are arguably the single greatest cultural hangover from the politics of the Third Reich. And following WWII when the Olympics became a proxy battle in the Cold War, these traditions served to lubricate the tensions between the two regimes, the apolitical aspect of the events allowed the daily politics of the era to be swept under the carpet for a festival of nationalism (which couldn't be more political). Not to over-egg the pudding, but when it's workaday (such as Athens or Syndey) these traditions are rather silly. When these issues become politically charged, as they are at present, they become altogether more menacing.

We are firm supporters of international sport, and believe there is a place for a major event showcasing athletics worldwide. It is simply that this event should not be a continuation of the discredited Olympic Games (and a tax rebate for The 2012 Games wouldn't hurt).

And so, today we begin a minor movement... Any blogger who chooses to place the banner presented above on their page will be linked to on the following list:

End The Olympics (a low key campaign)

Little Man, What Now?


Eric said...

My God, you people are such spoilsports.

The Olympics are an excuse to get round your mates house, knock back a few tinnies and watch Judo on television. It's got nothing to do with bloody politics.

And you no-sport bozos try to justify your pasty skinned-beerguts by drawing Hitler into it.

Godwin's law nerds, now fuck off.

Charles Pooter said...

Eric, if you want to watch grown men wresting with each other, there's nothing wrong with that.

But kindly pay for the boondoggle yourself.

Mac the Knife said...

Do please count me in. Anything to stamp out international masturbation on this scale is only to be applauded...

Mac the Knife said...

In as promised...


Ann O'Dyne said...

The Orympic Games
is silly.

The swimmers all have chronic chlorine poisoning, and that's just a starter.

The Orympic Games is corrupt.

totally corrupt.

China indeed.