Duluth couple blasts "pagan" Olympics, write that it "made one think of pedophiles"

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Heathens! The London opening ceremony.
Dennis P. and Rosemarie Mitchell are disappointed in the London Olympics. According to the Duluth couple, this year's games, and particularly the opening and closing ceremonies, "made one think of pedophiles" and of "Satan being glorified."

Or so they write in a letter to the Duluth Budgeteer News editor, which is currently tearing its way around the internet as a "wonderful" example, says Deadspin's Barry Petchesky, of how "there is nothing in the world like the letters to the editor section of a small newspaper."

The Mitchells rail against even the gymnasts and swimmers, those fan favorites, for their "sexualized," "buttocks"-exposing leotards and "hip-huggers trunks stopping just above their pubic region." No gender bias here: The couple is offended equally by male and female athletes.

The competitors' clothes so disturbed Dennis and Rosemarie that they gave up on watching sports altogether, and resigned themselves to the Olympic ceremonies. But the entertainment was no better.

They call the opening ceremony "dark, loud, sexualized with scanty clothes and revealing cleavage on women, and with disturbing pagan noise. Connecting children, beds plus frightening villains made one think of pedophiles." Really? Most of the rest of the world was thinking of Britain's literary history.

Even the color scheme was sinful. "The black and red colors of sex and violence dominated most of the closing. The nuns were obviously there to mock Christianity while one could only think of Satan being glorified." It's true, black and red always connote sex and violence.

Who could have been behind such theatrics? "The English seem to have put teens who worship Satan in charge."

The Mitchells, of course, see this as a larger societal problem. Referring to the athletes' tight and skimpy gear, the couple writes, "These styles are also now worn in our schools and colleges, which no one seems to have objected to."

There was one moment of relief for the couple. "The comical entrance of the queen was one of the few bright spots." Leave it to the Queen of England to uphold some decorum. But Elizabeth aside, the future is dim. "Rio Di [sic] Janeiro has nothing better to offer with more dark juvenile entertainment and women parading around sexually, displaying cleavage and little talent."

The complaint doesn't seem to be a prank. On Twitter, after MinnPost's David Brauer wondered if the letter was really "from UMD undergrad with a sense of humor," the Duluth News Tribune confirmed that the Mitchells are locally known. "It's legitimate," @duluthnews tweeted. "We've heard from the couple before."

For further verification, another tweeter remembered this 40th wedding anniversary announcement, which explains that Dennis and Rosemarie married in New York City in 1970. What could they have thought of that city of sin?

The anniversary announcement also gives us faces to put to the scathing Olympics rebuke. Here's the couple, then and now:
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submitted photos to the Duluth News Tribune
Dennis and Rosemarie Mitchell, Olympic critics.
Between the Mitchells and Rep. Kerry Gauthier, Duluth has enjoyed a fine few days of national attention.


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drnttmit
drnttmit

To the Olympic letter commenters, We just found out about  the comments written in regards to the letter my husband and I wrote to the newspaper about the "Olympics being too sexual." Yes, we are "for real" and will repeat how dark, sexualized and loud and obnoxious the Olympics were. Thirty years ago our opinion would have been shared by most Americans. We question if those who asked if we "are real," "are real" themselves? To find our opinion so alien to them shocks us and is very sad and disheartening since this reflects the tragic downspiraling of today's morals which young people think always was this way and consider normal. We have no issue with the hard work of the athletes in regards to their choice of sport. Appearance though does affect the visual enjoyment of it and the Olympics, as most of today's society, has removed dignity, and respect for the viewers and plain good taste in appearance, entertainment and music. Those of you who think we are "not real" need to look back at Olympic footage from the 1980's and before and you'll see a "real" difference in quality and modesty. Someone stated  the original Greek Olympics "were naked" which I may add also only included males. Christianity brought decency and clothes into it making it fit for families. Being that Christianity now is mocked and being rejected is reflected in our declining morals and increasing paganlike ways  with public sexuality such as cleavage, bikinis, and vulgarity, and many loud, obnoxious singers in music. Yes, a couple of nice songs were included within all the noise with little impact. We are trying to protect our grandchildren from this over-sexualized, vulgar, and loud society which we and our child did not grow up in. One male stated how he likes to look at the sexy women which he should do in the privacy of his home with his wife and not expect it from women in the public arena or the Olympics. It is degrading and a disrespectful statement by him. I am ashamed that other women flaunt their sexuality for all to see which is what happens when Christianty is rejected. Modesty laws were for our protection (especially for women and children) and keeping a dignified and civilized society. What is today's definition of a "real" lady and a "real" gentleman? Do these readers  even know what an etiquette book is or classical music, such as the "real"  Beethoven? Do I dare add a Christian prayer asking Jesus (who is "real") to help our country and world and guide future Olympics to reflect a higher level of morality and decency again? God ("He's real") bless all who shared their thoughts both positive and negative and may this discusiion make a "real" positive impact.      Rosemarie Mitchell

catfromDuluth
catfromDuluth

Does they ever know that first olympians were naked. Did they ever see.. statue of an ancient Olympian? F-t people always hate "sexy" looking figures.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It's nice to see there are very silly people outside the 6th Congressional District.

MEow
MEow

The picture of that guy makes me think of pedophiles.

Hurray
Hurray

I like cleavage and little talent.

Alan Musielewicz
Alan Musielewicz

... and teachers in New York. Remember Bob when I found out teachers had the highest rate of pedophilia right where you grew up and that was also at the height of clergy pedophilia. You never stood a chance. Stray quarters were left right where you saw them.

Alan Musielewicz
Alan Musielewicz

... and teachers in New York. Remember Bob when I found out teachers had the highest rate of pedophilia right where you grew up and that was also at the height of clergy pedophilia. You never stood a chance. Stray quarters were left right where you saw them.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

LOL! Too funny. That couple should avoid tv altogether.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

You know what makes ME think of pedophiles? Catholic priests.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

You know what makes ME think of pedophiles? Catholic priests.

A1batross
A1batross

You know what makes ME think of pedophiles? Catholic priests.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

You might be a pedophile if... anything other than a pedophile makes you think of pedophiles.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @A1batross  I usually think of gym coaches, teachers, and State Reps from Duluth.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland Your stupidity brings up an interesting point.  When teachers and Democrats catch pedophiles who happen to be teachers or Democrats they turn them in.  Catholic priests and Republicans of course cover up and protect pedophiles.  The Pope personally helped cover up the molestation of 200 deaf orphans.  Republicans protected Mark Foley for months when he was accused of sexually harrassing teenage boys.  You stood firmly with kirk the convervative pedophile when he weirdly typed out his sexual fantasies involving sex with minors.    Nice company you keep Cin.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann Interesting.. A. Catholics align with Dems. As a reformed Catholic I've seen them back the liberal agenda even though the "left" is against them.  You know that we could go back and forth for days about scandals involving politicians. And sorry, must have missed Kirks post, but I kind of look at him like you guys must look at Biden.. He says stupid shit from time to time. Saying he represents all conservatives is like saying Maxine Waters represents all liberals.

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