Twenty Twelve: Life Imitates Art

July 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

With the London Olympics just a few days away, I want to draw attention to a clever little show called Twenty Twelve.

Twenty Twelve is a BBC mockumentary about the Olympic Deliverance committee headed by Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville aka Lord Grantham Downton Abbey). The committee  seems composed of Pollyannas who speak in clichéd gibberish and who are extremely resourceful in promoting their own agendas.

In the case of the Cultural Olympiad, the committee drew up a three candidate short list, and choose who they thought was the most qualified person (who in reality seemed to have experience only in meaningless bureaucrat-speak). After she was offered the job, the higher-ups in the Olympic committee  informed the committee that actually the desired candidate should more fully represent a reflection of a diverse cultural criteria. I’m paraphrasing, but the point was the higher-ups who had promised a hands-off policy wanted a candidate who was a person of colour. After going with their second choice, who was a person of colour, the committee was informed that in addition to being a person of colour, the desired candidate would also be more of a woman. The job was offered to the remaining candidate, who declined it. Truly a bureaucratic nightmare.

But some of the issues seems eerily prescient, especially the traffic nightmare. Worth a look.

Twenty Twelves is on Comedy in Canada.

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