Boyz II Men risk a Barack-ing over Tokyo Olympic support

August 4, 2009

boyzAsk not what you can do for your country … ask its direct competitor if it wants any help with its Olympic bid.

Tokyo’s 2016 campaign has been short on glamour backers and is struggling to match Chicago’s trump card, American President Barack Obama – until now.

Boyz II Men, who sang at the closing ceremony at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, are hardly the hippest band in the world or likely to tip the vote, but the Grammy-winning trio publically supporting Tokyo at the weekend was an image boost of sorts, however bizarre.

Among their reasons were Tokyo’s “coziness” and their belief Tokyo should win because the Japanese “really love the Olympics”. They must have missed the memo on Tokyo’s public support lagging behind rivals Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, but moving along …

Among other nuggets of wisdom, Chicago’s bid is apparently “too business-related”. Perhaps Obama should put them straight on that point.

Did I mention them being American and supporting Tokyo was weird? I think I may have done.

PHOTO: Members of Boyz II Men arrive for the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation Benefit Concert at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, February 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Redmond


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Unpatriotic is what it is, and disrespectful to the first black American president. Indeed bizarre. Chicago will win the vote anyway.

Posted by Paul Desler | Report as abusive

Unpatriotic? Disrespectful to the first black president? Please. They can support whoever they want. Not supporting Chicago’s bid is not unpatriotic at all.

Posted by Ryan | Report as abusive