Olympic Closing Ceremony 2012: Most Ridiculous Moments from London Spectacle

Luke PetkacFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  A general view during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Until this year, I've never watched the Olympic closing ceremony. I always figured that once the events were over, the Olympics were over. But this year, I finally caved and forced myself to watch them. And now I'm devastated that I have to wait four years to watch another.

The closing ceremony is literally the most ridiculous, unintentionally comedic thing to ever grace this earth. I'll try my best to give the highlights, but you really should try to watch them for yourself. These things have to be experienced.

In no particular order, here are the most ridiculous moments of the 2012 closing ceremony.


Everything was made of newspaper

Seriously. There were newspaper cars and newspaper pianos, and everyone looked like this. I'm sure there was a meaning behind all the newspapers, but unless it was “the closing ceremony will confuse you,” then I'm not sure that the point was made.


Batman and Robin made a brief cameo

No, it didn't make sense live either. The best thing about the Caped Crusader's brief appearance is that, in an entire city of elite athletes, they picked the least fit-looking man possible to play Batman. It seemed like a blunder. Or maybe it was intentional. I don't get British humor.


They unveiled the design for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

I'm 85 percent sure that this is a much larger model of one of my fourth grade art projects. Seriously.


This happened


Fatboy Slim DJ'd on a giant, neon octopus

He also starred in one of the most terrifying .gifs I've ever seen. I will admit, though, as nonsensical as the octopus idea was, it did look pretty cool.


Monty Python member Eric Idle led a sing-along

The good news about this part is that I think the laughter it caused was intentional. And no, I don't know what he was wearing. Stop asking. 


The Spice Girls sang

My theory is that London always had its heart set on hosting the 2004 Olympics, and they just invited the acts they would have booked back then for 2012. Although, it did lead to this scene, in which Posh Spice inexplicably forgot that she's a member of the group.

Overall, the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony was a thoroughly satisfying and utterly ridiculous way to end a great event. Rio can't get here soon enough.