The first week of the Beijing Olympics has seen its fair share of world
records and team triumphs, but it has also sparked a number of
controversies that serve as a fascinating window into the West’s still
uneasy relationship with the world’s nascent superpower. Who better
than the king of Comedy Central to make sense of the opening ceremony’s
laughable lip-synch, Spain’s foolish photo,
and the somersaults of smack-talk sparked by “women’s” gymnastics?
–Will Di Novi
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