“Greece does not wish to be drawn into an American culture war. Yet that is exactly what is happening,” she said.
Complaints focused on a parade of actors portraying naked statues. Among them were the Satyr and the nude Kouros male statues, both emblems of ancient Greece’s golden age.
Angelopoulos, who said the handful of U.S. complaints were dwarfed by the 3.9 billion people who watched the ceremony, had a blunt message.
“As Americans surely are aware, there is great hostility in the world today to cultural domination in which a single value system created elsewhere diminishes and degrades local cultures,” she said in her commentary.
“In this context, it is astonishingly unwise for an agency of the U.S. government to engage in an investigation that could label a presentation of the Greek origins of civilisation as unfit for television viewing.” (Reuters)
I find it increasingly troubling that a nation that once held freedom high is now crippled with authoritarian, repressive thought and governance. Terror takes many forms, and it’s so sad that America is intent on cultivating a hatred and fear of beauty, of the human body, of breasts and genitalia.