Why Was There a Giant Baby Head in the Olympic Opening Ceremony?
In an opening ceremony that was hailed by critics as “bloody brilliant”, most people were awe-struck by British Director Danny Boyle’s amazing opening to the 2012 London Olympics. With Daniel Craig, JK Rowling, and some of our favorite Brit icons, the performance was filled with familiarity, interspersed with unique punk aspects of the British culture.
However, there was one part of the ceremony that had some people scratching their heads. And that question still remains: Why was there a giant baby head?
The child’s head was symbolic of the National Health Service (NHS) and a tribute to the Great Ormond Street Hospital staff. Born during post-war Britain in 1948, the NHS has been a celebrated national institution that provides free health care to all residents.
While some people found this social commentary to be a bit bizarre, Boyle explained, “Everyone is aware of how important the NHS is to everybody in this country. One of the core values of our society is that it doesn’t matter who you are, you will get treated the same in terms of health care.”
His comments may hit hard to American voters, especially in light of the health care debate and the drooping economy.
“It is hard to escape at least some small sense of advocacy in Boyle’s second act, particularly after a cigar-chomping elite let loose the gluttony of unchecked industry on the idyllic English countryside in the first act,” Mark Sappenfield from the Christian Science Monitor explained. “This was, it seemed, an opening ceremony for the 99 per cent.”
So while the health care debate may not be resolved after this opening ceremony, the 99% can at least sleep better after knowing the meaning behind the giant baby.