Viewers knew they'd be in for a visual treat when they tuned in to watch the Closing Ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but we didn't expect dancing vegetables. But that, among other oddities, was exactly what we got, and the dancing vegetables at the Closing Ceremony freaked everyone out, but paid homage to an important person.
The dancing vegetables were part of a tribute to famed landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who designed the beautiful wavy sidewalk patterns at the Copacabana boardwalk. Set to the classic bossa nova hit "Chovendo na Roseira" by Brazilian artist Tom Jobim, the vegetables, which viewed from above resembled Burle Marx's designs, were supposed to evoke feelings of admiration for the famous landscape architect and artist. Instead, they caused speculation and confusion among Twitter users. One user tweeted that she thought she was watching a Fruit of the Loom commercial, while another said she "didn't realize Rio was known for their dancing broccoli".
Perhaps a bit more communication from the organizers of the Closing Ceremony about the purpose for the dance would have warranted less social media head-scratching. Or, it's possible that fewer closeups on the vegetable suit-clad dancers and more aerial shots would have made the entire tableau (which I thought was beautiful) make more sense. But then those watching along on social media wouldn't get to see some of the hilarious reactions.
A Lot Of People Were Really Confused
Because, apparently, nothing says Rio Olympics like a bunch of dancing veggies, right?
And Some Were Horrified
I see next year's biggest horror flick in the making.
Others Were Mesmerized By Their Weirdness
It was pretty spectacular when you get past the idea that they're supposed to be life-sized vegetables prancing around for humans to watch.
Some People Got Hungry
This Person Really Put It In Perspective
When you put it that way...
While the out-of-context dancing vegetables were certainly strange, they added unique color and flavor (pun intended) to the Closing Ceremony. It wasn't the Japanese PM shooting out of a Mario warp pipe, but it sure was something.