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Well isn’t this special. I’m so going to follow Guy Adams on Twitter

If you’re NBC, you do not have to put up with some little person hurting your feelings, because it hurts sooo much; you fight back. You throw your weight around and shut that little person up (irony alert: shut up!).

NBC, I hope someone takes you to the frackin’ Supreme Court of these United States for this. You too, Twitter.

Critic of NBC has Twitter account suspended after network complains

Throughout the Olympics, Guy Adams has taken to Twitter and ripped NBC repeatedly for its coverage of the Games in America.

Namely, he’s criticized the network’s reliance on using tape delays, a frustration shared by millions of viewers.

A few of his tweets:

“Am I alone in wondering why NBC  thinks its [sic] acceptable to pretend this road race is being broadcast live?” he wrote in one.

“Matt Lauer: ‘Madagascar, a location indelibly associated with a couple of recent animated movies,'” he mocked on another.

Adams encouraged Lauer “to shut up” and called out Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, as the “moronic exec behind the time delay.” And he said Zenkel should be fired.

Subversive in the extreme, eh?

Mac tells us in a downstream thread that he watched the Opening Ceremonies on BBC One and pronounced it splendid.

It was like being in the movies next to some idiot who would.not.stop.talking.

Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!, I yelled. Again and again I yelled. But they wouldn’t.

And so, for me, went the Opening Ceremonies of the 30th Olympiad. The  ‘narrative’ from NBC was intrusive, ignorant, not respectful and utterly, utterly annoying.

During one of the loveliest moments of the entire ceremony, hundreds of ethereal creatures floated around the stadium on invisible bicycles, finally sending one of their own skyward. Matt Lauer talked over the entire thing (apparently I needed to know who invented the bicycle). The music? Who needs music.

Their greatest sin was that they stripped away the majesty; dozens of nations gathering in friendship and competition has, even amidst the celebrations, a solemn aspect. It is always history. They don’t get that part.

Lauer even  talked through the transfer of the torch –  drowning out the articulate and relevant stadium announcers – and, in fact, getting a lot of it wrong.

“This is the most moving part of the Olympic ceremony” said Lauer, as the Olympic flag was carried in. “I think it’s best to just watch.”  But he couldn’t. Eight seconds in he was back at it.

Plus the camera angles were terrible. Shut up!

UPDATE SINCE I WROTE THIS: I see that The Guardian had the same reaction.

Commentators Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira reunited for the cameras as if it was Beijing 2008 – or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or just a regular morning in 2011.

Theirs was the job of interpreting, explaining and trampling all over Danny Boyle’s fast-paced, high-def presentation of Great Britain from the time of maypoles and hay bales to the current day. And they did what they were paid to do. . .

The most egregious moment of commentary had come earlier when Matt and Meredith mentioned that there was to be a tribute to “someone” called Tim Berners-Lee.

“If you haven’t heard of him, we haven’t either,” chuckled Meredith about the inventor of the world wide web sitting on stage.

“Google him,” laughed Matt with no apparent sense of irony.

Way to go NBC, play into that old stereotype of the unschooled American.