|my friend's observations on american tv
||[Jul. 4th, 2009|10:54 pm]
My Pakistani friend and I just watched the Sox game over the internet. He's a cricket fan so I watched a Pakistan game with him, and this time he would watch the Red Sox on July 4th. At some point near the 7th inning, he remarked,
"All the ads are for food, and they keep showing random people eating!"
which I had to admit was true and did strike me as a little odd. Especially when it's the broadcasters in their booth eating burners behind a closeup of a Dunkin Donuts sign, and this has nothing to do with the game whatsoever.
Then during the seventh inning stretch we saw the independence day celebration, a uniformed soldier singing 'God Bless America' in front of an enormous 50ft tall flag hanging on the green monster while jets flew over. Now, I understand nationalistic displays are appropriate on national holidays, I just find it a little odd that it's during a sporting event, and that this itself is not particularly notable. Singing about God and Country and having jets and giant flags actually have meaning, and that's good to celebrate your country.
What's odd is when the celebration lasts 5 minutes and casually interrupts another event. Ponder this for a minute.