More complaints about the U.S Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo
By Ezra Klein
Matt's post reminds me of possibly the most absurd part of the U.S.' video presentation at the World Expo: It ends with Kobe Bryant touting "teamwork" as a fundamental American value. Kobe Bryant! It's like me being the poster child for keeping your opinions to yourself.
Also, Citibank's sponsorship of the U.S. pavilion came pretty late in the process. From what I was told, it came when the United States basically needed a few more million at crunch time. That is to say, the donation happened recently. Recently, of course, being during the period of time when the U.S. government was a major shareholder in Citibank. And yet we still called the room "the Citibank room" and we still dissolved President Obama's face into a text screen saying the film was brought to you by Citibank. Maybe this was some subtle message about how we're so capitalist that we'd rather humiliate ourselves than act like we own a company that we do, in fact, largely own, but it's still silly. We couldn't have used our major shareholder status to demand they content themselves with a tasteful plaque?
May 24, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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