Analysis: Tokyo Olympics go for the gold regardless of controversy

Nyjah Huston (left) and Jagger Eaton (right) of Team United States practice on the skateboard street course ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.


Whether you propose on tuning in to cheer on the participating athletes or tuning out when the Tokyo Games air Friday by August 8, there may be nonetheless lots to get into this weekend.

Just once I thought I had seen all of it by way of courting reveals, right here comes Netflix elevating (or reducing, relying in your tastes) the bar.

Contestants don animal-inspired masks, prosthetics and make-up on this new present.

As our critic Brian Lowry noted, the concept is not a lot completely different from different courting reveals — together with Netflix’s 2020 hit, “Love Is Blind” — wherein bodily attraction is faraway from the equation within the hopes of discovering real love.
But the very first thing I considered is “The Masked Singer” (thanks, Lowry, for additionally drawing that comparability), and I stored ready for both somebody to sing or Nick Cannon to come strolling out.

“Sexy Beasts” is at present streaming.

‘Ted Lasso’ Season 2

Jason Sudeikis stars in "Ted Lasso."

The comedy a couple of soccer coach recruited to teach a soccer staff (which the Brits think about to be actual soccer, in case you had been unaware) has received the hearts of viewers and critics alike.

Season two finds Lasso, performed by Jason Sudeikis, who can be one of many present’s writers, making an attempt to show the staff into winners. And that is a win for all of us who love the present.

The new season of Ted Lasso begins Friday on Apple TV+.

‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’

Tig Notaro performs onstage at Team Coco House during the New York Comedy Festival in New York City, November 9, 2018.

Of course, Tig Notaro has an animated stand-up particular.

The comic’s jokes solely profit from being drawn. How cool wouldn’t it be if this particular evokes different comics to do a twist on conventional stand-up?

“She’s never been this animated” is the tagline, which in and of itself is humorous if you’re in any respect aware of Notaro’s model of humor.

“Tig Notaro: Drawn” premieres Saturday on HBO. (Source and HBO are each a part of WarnerMedia.)

Two issues to hearken to

Two-time US Olympian Sasha Cohen is shown during the Team USA WinterFest Presented by Hershey's in Seoul, South Korea, February 19, 2018.

In retaining with our Olympics theme, let’s flip to somebody who is aware of all about it.

Olympian and determine skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen has a podcast, titled “Sasha Sessions: A Team USA Podcast,” that can draw you right into a aggressive head house.

Cohen chats with company from the sports activities world, together with a number of fellow former Olympians and some athletes who will compete on this 12 months’s video games.

Spotify gets into the spirit of the games with the "Olympic Channel Podcast."

Don’t simply skate by Spotify.

The streaming service affords the “Olympic Channel Podcast,” which guarantees “Inspiration and motivation from the Olympics with interviews from the world’s best athletes.”

There can be a day by day podcast with interviews and a few of the most fascinating information popping out of the video games.

One factor to speak about

Exciting information is popping out of Broadway.

That’s an enormous deal relating to the Great White Way, on condition that for years there was a name for extra various storytelling and performers.

While productions like “Hamilton” and its extraordinarily various forged have grabbed headlines, last year Forbes reported that “Less than 30 percent of all the Broadway performers on stage in a recent season were members of minority groups, and representation among Latino performers has reportedly fallen to less than three percent.”

The fact is that various tales make for a richer expertise for all theatergoers. Fingers crossed that it is a pattern that can proceed.

Something to sip on

A member of Team Mexico walks past the Olympic rings at the entrance to the Olympic Village in Tokyo.

How about we end the place we began?

The Olympics are a time-honored custom. But like many issues because the pandemic began, this 12 months feels bizarre.

Whereas earlier than we celebrated the marching in of the representatives from nations around the globe, the Tokyo Olympics are occurring underneath a cloud of debate as as to if the video games ought to be happening in any respect.

Put me down for one who voted — not formally after all — for suspending till the pandemic is nicely and really in our rearview mirror.

Because as a lot as a few of the athletes, who’ve skilled for years, have been trying ahead to competing — and sports activities followers need to watch their favourite occasions — how can we absolutely embrace an occasion that’s constructed on bringing the whole world collectively when there may be nonetheless such disparity in each Covid-19 infections and vaccinations?

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