Rio Welcomes World With Sultry Music, Plea to Protect the Earth From ‘Global Warming’

by Dave Urbanski | The Blaze / Associated Press  |  published on August 6, 2016


RIO DE JANEIRO — With fireworks forming the word “Rio” in the sky, performers decked in silver and sweet, sultry music, Rio de Janiero is welcoming the world to the first Olympic Games in South America with a message: Let’s take better care of our planet.

After one of the roughest-ever rides from vote to games by an Olympic host, the city of beaches, carnival, grinding poverty and sun-kissed wealth lifted the curtain on the games of the 31st Olympiad with a three-hour gala that celebrated Brazil’s can-do spirit, biodiversity and its indigenous people. It will trace its history from forested land, through colonization by Portugal, and into a nation of astounding diversity and contrasts.

Before the show, in a video broadcast inside the 78,000-seat Maracana Stadium, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the games “celebrate the best of humanity” and appealed for an Olympic truce, calling on “all warring parties to lay down their weapons” during the two weeks of sporting achievement.

Performers decked in silvery suits folded and unfolded glittering silver sheets that transformed into giant cushions they then beat like drums. Fireworks lit up the skies and the peace symbol, tweaked into the shape of a tree, was projected on the floor of the stadium where Germany won the World Cup in 2014.

As well as a showcase for Brazil’s history, culture, diversity and hopes, the gala also represents a triumph, because there were times after the International Olympic Committee selected Rio ahead of Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid in 2009 when it seemed that the city of 6.5 million people might not get its act together for the world’s greatest sporting mega-event.

  • studi30

    LOL! Lay down their weapons? The WHO has ranked Brazil at 32nd in murders per 100,000 population. With 21 murders per 100,000 with all weapons, not one Brazilian citizen can own a gun. The US is ranked at 111th with 4.2 murders per 100,000 population and there are 450 million guns in civilian hands in the US. That is the most civilian gun ownership in the world.

  • Centurion

    The International Olympic Committee are nothing but a bunch of communists. They selected a quasi-communist country over free countries. The lagoon where a lot of the water sports are to be played is a sewer dump. We hope the Olympians brought their haz mat suits.

  • ONTIME

    Yea right…….beat more drums, sing more songs, let the politicians steal more money and Ma Nature says, kiss my arse…….stupid is as stupid does…..

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  • justinwachin

    The sermonette on global warming was the ultimate in hypocrisy. Like many of you I have seen the pictures of garbage in Brazil’s waterways and read about the health dangers of the water. Maybe rather than lecturing the rest of the world on the environment Brazil should clean up its own environment and stop destroying the rain forest. Their push for concern over global warming was about as ridiculous as seeing the leaders of ISIS lecturing the world on the mistreatment of Jews and Christians.

  • Bob

    Let’s see: We pave over half of Rio for parking lots, have thousands of flights to bring in more people causing more traffic, light up the sky with fire works, work our electrical grid overtime to power up the stadiums and arenas, then wank about man causing climate change? Rather than tear down half the city to build new venues for the Olympics and World Cup they should let the jungle reclaim the land to help the earth recover.

  • Rodney Steward

    I guess the pushing of Global, sorry it was changed climate change got them enough money to finish the projects for the games, but who in the He$$ would want to go to that bankrupt rat hole, and carry your own water and food!

  • Kent2012

    ban kiki moon job is another african pretender…it is time to rid the USA of all of those brightly colored moo moo wearing aholes along with the commie jerkoffskies and the rags…let some other fools entertain the turboturds, oh and pay for it…let the Donald have the building to make a new NYC world attraction..

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