A Waste of talent and opportunity – Maybe Shobhaa De was right about the Olympics
Jackie Collins (1937-2015) was an author popularly known as the “queen of trash literature”.
After initially acting in British B-movies, she went on to write thirty-two novels about sex, infidelity and gold digging socialite adulteresses who usually fell for gangsters. Her writings were called “nasty, filthy and disgusting” and she was charged with “creating every pervert in Britain”.
Moving on to a certain Shobhaa De’s Wikipedia profile:
Shobha Rajadhyaksha also known as Shobhaa De (born 7 January 1948), is an Indian columnist and novelist. De is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has come to be known as the “ of India”.
Now here’s what India’s own habitué of rich people’s literature-viagra had to say about the 2016 Rio Olympics:
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
Okay, Ms.De’s elevator doesn’t quite go up to the top floor, it’s probably dust and cobwebs up there.
But still, she might be right about the Olympics being a waste of money and opportunity. Her statement would have been more dangerous and on-point if it weren’t accompanied by her room temperature level IQ.
General societal message: “Good evening Mr.Bond” said Queen Elizabeth, as the London Olympics painted a success story which will stay in the minds of people across generations.
Reality: Organizers of the 2012 London Olympics made a £53m loss in the 18 month period to the end of September last year, There were unsold tickets of a and a drop in the number of visitors, along with the
General societal opinion: The Olympics went back to its birthplace. A tradition was revived, sanctity was restored. Something along these lines.
The Olympics have always been a mess. The glamorous medals and the awe-inspiring closing ceremonies will never justify all the foolish decisions that were made along the way.
The mountains of cash that could have been used for other practical pursuits, instead of this:
The Olympics, what a waste of money and opportunity.