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NBC Edits Out Anti-Discrimination Statement In Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Updated 02/12/2014 6:23pm
NBC Edits Out Anti-Discrimination Statement In Olympic Opening Ceremony
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Christina Dogas

Staff Writer

Russia’s anti-gay laws has been a huge obstacle since the start of the Olympics in Sochi. The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, made an impacting statement during his speech at the opening ceremony about discrimination. He urged Olympians not to discriminate against people from other countries and to treat everyone fairly. Viewers worldwide heard the statement, but the U.S. NBC edited Bach’s statement out. The network edited out most of Bach’s speech and it was very noticeable. Many people watching, instantly went to twitter and tweeted #NBCfail, which eventually trended. This was the second time NBC edited out an important part in the Olympic opening ceremony broadcast. During the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the opening ceremony gave a tribute to all victims of terrorism. It was a performance by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé who sang “Abide With Me.” Instead, NBC broadcasted Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps. NBC never gave an honest statement about both edits.

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