02/08/2014 08:47 am ET Updated Feb 08, 2014

NBC Cuts Anti-Discrimination Comments From Olympics Opening Ceremony


NBC gets criticized every two years for the edits it makes to its tape-delayed airing of the Olympics opening ceremony, and 2014 was no exception.

Viewers who had apparently already ingested most of the ceremony during the day on Friday complained about several omissions, from a section on Russia's Communist past to the performance by (perhaps better unseen) pop group tATu.

Among the more notable excisions: a statement against discrimination by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. The comments were widely noted when Bach made them:

As Deadspin reported, NBC cut that part of Bach's statement out of its broadcast—a strange choice given Russia's very publicly homophobic policies.

It was a choice made even odder by the fact that NBC had done a full segment on Russia's anti-gay laws the night before.

Head over to Deadspin for a full breakdown of exactly what got cut.