Report: Skit showing Bundchen getting robbed cut from Rio 2016 opening
A controversial skit that appeared to depict Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen getting robbed by an impoverished child won't be part of Friday's opening ceremony at Rio 2016, according to multiple reports.
The opening ceremony, which will be watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world, is supposed to be a secret. But thousands of people watched a dress rehearsal, leading to some aspects of the performance being leaked.
This particular leak included the revelation that the show was to feature Bundchen being accosted by a young, dark-skinned boy, ostensibly from the slums, who seems to rob her, leading to a police chase.
"It's totally unacceptable," said a local university official who was invited to see the rehearsal, according to The Washington Post. "It's got to be dropped."
The opening ceremony's creative director, "City of God" director Fernando Meirelles, suggested this interpretation of the scene is incorrect and it was meant to depict a child asking for a selfie with Bundchen before getting chased off by security guards.
Meirelles called it a "tremendous misunderstanding," adding in an email to The Post that "I'm not that clueless."
"It was a gag that was not funny so we cut it," he said. "There was nothing that looked like a robbery in the scene except two security guards chasing after a vendor. They are three professional clowns."