Boston 2024 hasn’t been having the best PR lately, and today (or, now, yesterday) was no different.
At 2:20 in the afternoon, Boston 2024 tweeted out a link to a list of the “10 best” Olympic movies, telling supporters to watch them and “get inspired.”
The first movie on that list was Leni Riefenstahl’s movie about the 1936 Olympics Olympia. You may recognize Riefenstahl as the director the famous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will.
The Nazi connections of Olympia are deeper than just that:
While official documentation ascribes “Olympia” to a company named Leni Riefenstahl Productions, the film’s finances were in fact controlled by Paul Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda (Berg-Pan, 1980). Furthermore, a frank assessment of Riefenstahl’s possible complicity must not ignore her work for the National Socialist Party (prior to “Olympia”) making a film titled “Triumph of the Will.” In “Triumph of the Will,” the power of the National Socialist Party is clearly exhibited, and everything the German government believed good about Nazism is on display.
(h/t universal hub)
Although the Evan Falchuk replied shortly after the tweet went up to question the Riefenstahl inclusion, the tweet stayed up for another 8 hours before Boston 2024 deleted it–without ever acknowledging doing so or doing anything wrong.
To make matters worse, the USOC Communication Director Patrick Sandusky defended the inclusion of Olympia, downplaying the Nazi ties. He then said–in what is hilarious either within or outside of context–that Boston 2024 is not “deliberately promoting the Nazi agenda.”
The list of “inspirational” movies also included Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film Munich, which is based on the Israeli operation to assassinate the members of the PLO responsible for killing 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
One has to wonder whether they even read what they tweeted out……