Let The Games Begin. Over-The-Top Opening Ceremony Kicks Things Off In Tokyo.

The cauldron sits near a stage during the opening ceremony in an empty Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Tokyo Olympics kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony, and despite the lack of spectators it was an over-the-top spectacle. 

The them of the ceremony was “Moving Forward.”  Give some credit for the IOC on that one, because it’s one of the few things they’ve done right leading up to the games. 

Now that the games are underway, expect an onslaught of bad news about coronavirus and COVID to dominate. With thousands of miserable media members covering the game, they will no doubt bombard people looking for a simple distraction from the rigors with non-stop negativity about the Games. 

A very familiar and popular face isn’t part of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo for the first time in over a decade.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is one of America’s most popular and successful swimmers, and he made news by saying on Fox News Friday that he is disgusted by any U.S. athlete who doesn’t respect the flag or anthem during medal ceremonies. 

“Everyone has their own right to speak up on their own terms, but if it’s anything on disgracing the flag, I don’t commend that. I’m American, I love America, so if it was me, I definitely wouldn’t [protest], but that’s just me.”

At the U.S. track and field trials an unknown hammer thrower Hamed Gwen Berry turned her medal moment into a political moment, angering millions as she turned away from the flag in contempt. 

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