Pop Rocks: Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Ring Fail Dominates
Amid all the problems and complaints that have surrounded Sochi and the $50 billion that was spent for the city to host the Olympic Games, you would think that the most horrifying problem of all time was the fact that a mechanical ring didn't open during the initial ceremonies. Sure, there are all kinds of problems with accommodations, packs of stray dogs roaming the streets until they are shot, reports of homeless humans being ushered out of the city and families forced into tiny apartments after their homes were razed in favor of Olympic needs. But, my God, did you see the ring malfunction?
The greatest tragedy in the history of opening ceremonies...you would think.
During the opening ceremonies on Friday, a set of lit-up snowflakes dropped from a gantry inside the enormous stadium built only to house the opening and closing ceremonies -- there's a good use of funds -- slowly expanded to create the Olympic rings. The only problem was that one of those rings didn't open. Oops.
These were the games where Russia was going to reinvent itself in front of the world. Instead, there are #SochiProblems hashtags on Twitter outlining the myriad number of problems all over the Olympic home city. There have been cries of corruption amid the record amount of money supposedly spent on the games. Of course, there is the controversy surrounding Russia's stand on gays and lesbians -- namely, they find them icky.
But the minute that damn snowflake didn't open Friday night, all hell broke loose on social media. To make matters worse, there was even a rumor spreading -- thanks to a satire website -- that the man who was supposed to get the snowflake to open was found dead, allegedly killed for his involvement in this tragedy. Then there were the reports that Russian television actually doctored the video so that those watching in Mother Russia saw a perfect five-ring opener.
All this for a frigging animatronic snowflake.