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Invasion of the Olympics
Tue, 07/31/2012 - 18:18
And now, the movie poster for The Olympics – or as John Stewart puts it, deference to the IOC’s bullying over unauthorized uses of the trademark “Olympics,” “The Quadrennial corporate sponsored international ring-based sports event.”
This poster was made by Smuzz, a British illustrator of sci-fi books, among other things who lives in Lancashire. Funny how the Games™ seem more of an excuse for corporate branding and image-polishing than something that belongs to the athletes themselves or to Londoners.
For those of you who (like me) have trouble reading the fine print on the poster, it reads: “£25 billion taken from depleted public funds. Square miles of public land permanently truned over to private contractors. £553M on security. 13,000 armed forces personnel – more than Britain deploys in Afghanistan. New police powers. Wholesale destruction of public parks, sports facilities, allotments, conservation areas, and public spaces. The Olympics – a self-governing multinational – transforming public property into private assets in every city it lands. Policed by G45. Sponsored by Dow Chemicals.”