Ususally the tackiest part of any Olympics is the opening and closing ceremonies, but the Beijing Olympics showed some sign that these Olympics might be different. The Chinese Olympic Committe had hired Steven Spielberg as an artistic advisor for those ceremonies.\r\n\r\nSpielberg, probably the best film director of our generation, would have had a profound effect on the quality of those ceremonies. But not now. He has resigned that position as a statement of moral outrage over China”s support of the Sudanese government, who is responsible for the crimes againt humanity in the Darfur region of Sudan. I applaud Mr. Spielberg for the courage of his convictions. If only more people were like Mr. Spielberg.\r\n\r\nThis decision does not surprise me at all. After all, Spielberg is the director who brought us “Schindler’s List,” a film that I conisder one of the top five films of all time and one of the most important films of all time.
Posted on February 13, 2008 by John Botscharow