The opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics will apparently have at least one bizarre scene that would seem to play to negative stereotypes of Brazil.
According the Brazilian publication UOL, a recent dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony included a scene where supermodel Gisele Bündchen is possibly mugged by a robber.
“Another curiosity was on account of a passage where Gisele Bündchen, parading to the sound of ‘The Girl from Ipanema,’ was approached by an actor on the scene that resembled a robbery. In the end, however, occurred the message of peace…
Still in the first hour reserved for the performing arts, the flight of a replica of the plane 14 Bis drew the attention of all. Soon after, the course is free for Bündchen’s parade of more than 100 meters. At this time, there will be a simulation of assault.”
It does seem like the ultimate message is a positive one, as opposed to one that is promoting a real-world problem as something of a punch line.
Still, one of the overriding concerns for many in the lead up to the Rio Olympics has been the safety of the athletes and the tourists. It will be interesting to see if backlash from this report will cause a last-minute edit to the show.
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