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To think that the Opening Parade at the Olympics is not the place to take selfies?

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Nanny0gg Sat 06-Aug-16 21:59:34

Is there nowhere sacred now?

PrincessHairyMclary Sat 06-Aug-16 22:01:49

I think if I'd worked hard at something since I was 3-4years old and got to the most important competition of my career Id take a selfie too. I'm sure them capturing the atmosphere is much more important than the aesthetics to the viewer.

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Aug-16 22:04:02

Blimey, why ever not?

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Sat 06-Aug-16 22:05:11

I think it's just the way of the world now unfortunately. If it's not on social media it hasn't happened.

hazeyjane Sat 06-Aug-16 22:05:39

I don't know, a big once in a lifetime parade seems like the perfect place to take selfies.

is nowhere sacred now? if it was the pope's funeral I might agree with you.

Ginmakesitallok Sat 06-Aug-16 22:06:31

I think that if there is anywhere to take a selfie it's at the opening parade at the Olympics. Why should the Olympics be considered "sacred"? confused

MargotsDevil Sat 06-Aug-16 22:07:54

Honestly? I'd rather see that than the people who were taking selfies at the altar of the cathedrals I visited recently. One of them whilst there was a service in progress confused I'm not religious but I found that to be incredibly disrespectful.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 06-Aug-16 22:08:08

it was the same at London 2012 and also the commonwealth games.

SaggyNaggy Sat 06-Aug-16 22:08:14

When ypu think about it the opening ceremony of the Olympics is a far more suitable place to take a selfie than in the bathroom mirror whilst drunk doing the tongue out v sign.

OddBoots Sat 06-Aug-16 22:09:16

I normally find selfies annoying but at a once in a lifetime event that they have absolutely worked their socks off to be at I think that is the perfect time for a selfie.

lilydaisyrose Sat 06-Aug-16 22:09:41

I thought the same at London 2012 OP. The parade spoilt by all the athlete's mobiles in front of their faces.

Nanny0gg Sat 06-Aug-16 22:10:03

But it's being filmed and there's thousands of press photographers there from every country!

(and I know it happened at 2012 too)

FuturesAChanging Sat 06-Aug-16 22:15:06

If you go back 10/20/30 years athletes still walked in carrying cameras/camcorders. It's nothing new. I would take a selfie, but not record the whole thing. If I was in the audience I would take a few pictures but not film it, I would record the tv

FeckinCrutches Sat 06-Aug-16 22:15:43

Perfect place to take selfies! And lots were filming the crowds rather than just taking selfies I'm sure.

Fishcake72 Sat 06-Aug-16 22:15:54

Yes you are!

chipsandpeas Sat 06-Aug-16 22:20:20

if i was at the olympic opening ceremony as an athelte or spectator then id be taking selfies galore

i dont see whats sacred about it

JinkxMonsoon Sat 06-Aug-16 22:22:30

It's their moment that they've been working their arses off to achieve for years. It's a massive achievement that most people can only dream of. They can take thousands of selfies for all I care.

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Sat 06-Aug-16 22:22:52


It's not as thought it's the commemoration of the Somme. It's just sport.

CrotchetQuaverMinim Sat 06-Aug-16 22:27:07

I think it's a great place for it - I always enjoyed seeing them doing it, thinking how much they were enjoying the atmosphere, and how the ceremony really was all about the athletes, not just the spectacle. I liked seeing how much it meant to them, and it was their games - they were just these sponsored, groomed, media superstars that we saw interviewed and profiled, but real people who were capturing this special moment for themselves. And when it seemed to get in the way of the formality of it, or spoiled the view or the symmetry or camera shots or whatever, it was easier to remember that it wasn't actually for the TV viewing audience who wanted it all to look perfect.

CrotchetQuaverMinim Sat 06-Aug-16 22:28:53

And yes, as someone said, they've been taking cameras in with them for years and years. Not instantly uploaded to social media, and not so obviously selfies, but the same phenomenon.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Sat 06-Aug-16 22:32:56

My BIL represented his country at two commonwealth games. He was a medalist at one of them. He plays a minority sport. There are no official press photographs of him in either opening ceremony. He was not featured on the TV. He also cannot be seen in the closing ceremonies. Believe me - we looked! The only photos we have are of him in this are the ones he and his team mates took. If you are not Andy Murray / Mo Farrah / Jess Ennis-Hill or in the right place at the right time then you will not be shown.

(Hilariously my FIL was a coach at a different Commonwealths. He was shown in two different shots at the opening ceremony (out of a grand total of four for their country!) He hadn't even realised he would get to march until the day before. Presumably everyone was watching and saying "why is that man in his 60s there?")

Whathaveilost Sat 06-Aug-16 22:41:13

I think it's brilliant!
I love seeing the athletes looking happy and proud.
It makes me smile when I see them.
Doesn't bother me in the slightest

Flashbangandgone Sat 06-Aug-16 22:52:36

I think it's reasonable to take a few photos/selfies at an event like that. What I don't get though is people who seem to want to spend the whole time videoing an event like that rather than enjoying it, as though it's more important to experience the experience of the event afterwards, than experience the event at the time...

NeedAnotherGlass Sat 06-Aug-16 23:10:43

I think that anyone who has earned the right to walk out in their team kit, can take as many photos as they want to. It's not about the spectators, it's about their personal achievements.

Muddlingthroughtoo Sat 06-Aug-16 23:14:58

Can't think of a better place to take selfies! Olympic selfie, now there's one to put as your profile pic.
The athletes and coaches are just normal people, they aren't pop stars and A-listers, they are so amazed and grateful to be out there. Let them capture it! It's not a solemn ceremony.

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