Lady Gaga Was Meant To Be Part Of A Mario-Themed Section In The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

  • Lady Gaga Was Meant To Be Part Of A Mario-Themed Section In The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony
    POSTED Jul 29 2021

    Lady Gaga and Mario
    Lady Gaga and Mario.  Photo of Lady Gaga by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, photo of Mario by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Nintendo.

    If you're wondering why there was no tribute to Mario, one of the world's most famous video game characters, in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, then we've got the answer for you.

    Japanese magazine Bunshun has got a hold of the original plans for the Nintendo-themed part of the opening ceremony, and it was meant to feature none other than Lady Gaga. What a world that would have been.

    Lady Gaga (who is Italian) was meant to speak at the ceremony via video link, then jump into a warp pipe from the Mario games, before Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe popped out of the pipe in Tokyo.

    Lady Gaga and Naomi Watanabe are linked thanks to Naomi's remake of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's Rain On Me video, so it actually makes a lot of sense. 

    Sadly, Nintendo bailed at the last minute, meaning we didn't get to see Lady Gaga disappear into a Mario pipe, which seems like a sentence that only 2021 could provide. 80% of Japanese people were against the Olympics, so Nintendo made the decision to remove themselves from the opening ceremony, not wanting to face the wrath of Japan.

    READ MORE: This Reddit Thread About Music's 'Butterfly Effect' Moments Has Blown Our Minds

    Unfortunately, the real loser here is the people watching the ceremony (and of course, Lady Gaga). Hopefully she gets to live out her Mario-themed dreams in the future - maybe in a future music video?

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Submitted by ben.madden on Thu, 29/07/2021 - 10:05

Lady Gaga and Mario
Lady Gaga and Mario.  Photo of Lady Gaga by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, photo of Mario by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Nintendo.

If you're wondering why there was no tribute to Mario, one of the world's most famous video game characters, in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, then we've got the answer for you.

Japanese magazine Bunshun has got a hold of the original plans for the Nintendo-themed part of the opening ceremony, and it was meant to feature none other than Lady Gaga. What a world that would have been.

Lady Gaga (who is Italian) was meant to speak at the ceremony via video link, then jump into a warp pipe from the Mario games, before Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe popped out of the pipe in Tokyo.

Lady Gaga and Naomi Watanabe are linked thanks to Naomi's remake of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's Rain On Me video, so it actually makes a lot of sense. 

Sadly, Nintendo bailed at the last minute, meaning we didn't get to see Lady Gaga disappear into a Mario pipe, which seems like a sentence that only 2021 could provide. 80% of Japanese people were against the Olympics, so Nintendo made the decision to remove themselves from the opening ceremony, not wanting to face the wrath of Japan.

READ MORE: This Reddit Thread About Music's 'Butterfly Effect' Moments Has Blown Our Minds

Unfortunately, the real loser here is the people watching the ceremony (and of course, Lady Gaga). Hopefully she gets to live out her Mario-themed dreams in the future - maybe in a future music video?

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