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Question #23136 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear Horatio and the rest of the board,

oooh! I would like to join the Horatio fan club! So, let's choose from the list . . . why on earth was Susan Sarandon carrying the Olympic flag into the stadium? Her's isn't exactly the first name I think of when I think Olympics. For that matter, how did the rest of those eight women get there as well?

- The Answer is 42

A: Dear How Many Roads must a Man Walk Down,

I have actually created a Horatio Fan Club blog that you can join and make posts with other Horatio fans. E-mail me for an official invitation.

As for Susan Sarandon... well, clearly the entire Olympic Flag carrying was a political statement. On one level, the host country is allowed to make political statements at the opening ceremonies (we sure did in 2002 with the 9/11 flag... as cool as that was). At the same time, I think having Sarandon there was just a little over the top.

According to Reuters, the Turin organizers bragged that this would be the first flag carried all by women... with "a strong civil commitment."

According to the statement: "(These are) Eight women representing all women in the world symbolizing peace, fraternity and communication among cultures."

The eight bearers were all political activists. Traditionally the bearers include people from all 7 continents. This year they were:
Italian Actress Sophia Lorean (AKA: the most beautiful woman in history... I mean, she still looks good at 72)
Chilean writer Isabel Allende
1984 Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco
American actress Susan Sarandon
Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
Italy's International Olympic Committee member Manuela Di Centa
2000 Olympic gold medalist Maria Mutola of Mozambique
Cambodian activist Somaly Mam

Now, as far as I can tell, Susan Sarandon's only real activist work is whining about the evil Republicans. I mean... we couldn't find a more prominent American woman to walk with the flag? That's depressing. And, to call her commitment to anything "civil"... it's a travesty. I don't think that woman has ever been civil unless she was playing a character (and even then...?).

I think that, with the choice of Susan Sarandon, the organizers were trying to make a statement about American foreign policy. I surmise that it was an intentional decision and a wanted symbol. I can't think of any other reason to have her there.

I'm glad they did an all-woman flag bearing... I just think they could have chosen a better woman from the USA... or from Canada for that matter. I mean... The Client was good... but not that good.

That is all.

Horatio