During the all-around women’s gymnastics last weekend, we got to see Anna Pavlova cry when she was bumped from a medal position. I felt bad for the poor kid, but it wasn’t too excessive.
Then on Saturday, I watched Stacy Drogila, the American gold medalist from Sydney in pole vault, fail to qualify for finals. She really screwed up bigtime and she knew it, so after she wiped out, she had a meltdown. Who wouldn’t? It’s got to be an incredibly crushing sense of humiliation and disappointment for her. So why, for the the love of all that’s sacred, did the NBC cameras have to linger for minutes on her miserable, weeping form? :mad:
That was bad enough, but last night, I watched the women’s high drive final. Emily Heymans, an Australian who was diving brilliantly, totally screwed up and lost her medal chance. Not only did Emily cry, she totally lost her shit behind this little wall, kneeling with her face in her hands, then falling prostrate onto a mat. The girl was beside herself, and… millions of people got to watch it. For several minutes, which felt like an eternity. I felt so sorry for her, and I felt shitty watching it. I’m glad I had it on DVR so I could fast forward through it.
Is this kind of coverage necessary? Do other stations show that stuff? Is this the dark side of those feel-good, warm-and-fuzzy sequences they love to show? guess maybe some people enjoy watching that kind of thing… I think it’s pretty ghoulish and only adds to these people’s natural feelings of defeat and shame.