Katie Couric wants to hug and make up with the Netherlands. She’s tired of the twitter war and she wants to make amends.
Congrats #Netherlands on your count so far! My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way! I’d ❤️ to visit again & celebrate your success! https://t.co/NvYi7LwB2V
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2018
As I’m sure everyone has already noticed, Katie Couric has been in some hot water with the lovely, hilarious people of the Netherlands due to comments made during the parade of nations. She profoundly exhaled during the Olympic Opening Ceremony: “It’s probably not a news flash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speed skating… ‘Why are they so good?’ you may be asking yourself,” Couric playfully asked. “Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam.”
Adding a further non-sensical explanation, “As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters,” Couric said during the Opening Ceremony. “So, for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other and also to have fun.”
You just can't make this up.
NBC opening ceremony coverage. Katie Couric talks about why The Netherlands is so good at speed skating as The Netherlands enters the stadium.
And this folks is why Americans are less bright about the rest of the world as they spread fake news! pic.twitter.com/7YC5deTl2w
— Jos Duijvestein (@JosDuijvestein) February 10, 2018
If ice skating is a mode of transportation for the Dutch, I wonder if sledding is an equally suitable way for the morning commute? A nice toboggan ride to local grocery store would be a treat of a daily lifestyle, as long as you live on the top of a hill. Of course getting back home would be a chore. My Dutch sources have said that the Netherlands scientists hope to implement indoor plumbing, the horseless carriage and bifocals any day now. Of course I won’t be able to report back on the progress for months since the carrier pigeon takes a lengthy amount of time to get back and forth to Amsterdam.
Celebrities and TV hosts occasionally tweet or say something that doesn’t necessarily ring true, and when this happens, usually the internet trolls take full control of the conversation. And in this case with Couric’s comments, twitter went all in on the side of the Dutchmen, heavily mocking Couric.
Rush Hour in the Netherlands. pic.twitter.com/RRpDBV9pDX
— DirkJanMoedt (@moedtdj) February 11, 2018
Saudia Arabian athletes training for bobsleds. pic.twitter.com/lVZRD3tEFS
— Karen Hale (@zuiderelle) February 12, 2018
The last time I visited New York I bumped into Katy at rush hour on the Coney Island roller coaster https://t.co/f8hjHtyjEH
— Tom Pyle (@tompyle80) February 12, 2018
— Gert van Dijk (@Gert_van_Dijk) February 11, 2018
Indeed! This is the typical morning commute for the windmill workers in Amsterdam pic.twitter.com/Y15HX3gzGx
— Steven Ottens (@stvno) February 11, 2018
Hopefully the Netherlands will take the olive branch extended by Couric, we’ll have to wait and see what the next move is in this ice-skating chess match of a back and forth. As soon as the Netherlands answers her call, we’ll all be listening.
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