Thursday, August 21, 2008

Young Singer @ Beijing Olympics

A 9-year-old girl and her song captivated billions of viewers during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on 08.08.2008. I was so touched by her wonderful voice and her sweet smile, but when I knew that what I saw was not what I heard, I am so disappointed, not these two lovely girls, I mean, they are so guiltless, I am disappointed in China attitude towards their own weak point. The musical director of the ceremony admitted that Lin Miaoke, who performed “Ode to the Motherland” during the opening ceremony, was actually not singing at all but lip-synching. She was lip-syncing to the sound of another 7-year-old girl, Yang Peiyi.

Do you wonder, ‘why so?’. Reportedly, Yang Peiyi was supposed to be in the opening ceremonies but Chinese government officials and opening ceremonies organizers agreed that though her voice was perfect, her face was too chubby and her set of teeth are too crooked and therefore not attractive enough to be considered suitable. And so she was ultimately shunned away from the stage and the world and got replaced by Lin Miaoke instead. “The reason was for the national interest,” said Chen Qigang, the ceremony’s musical director, in a state radio interview. “The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression… Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects.” The decision was made at the highest levels, Chen said. “The reason why little Yang was not chosen to appear was because we wanted to project the right image, we were thinking about what was best for the nation,” Chen said in the interview that appeared briefly on the news website before it was wiped from the Internet. “We had to do it,” he said. “We’d been through several inspections. They’re all very strict. When we rehearsed at the spot, there were several spectators from various divisions, especially leaders from the Politburo, who gave the opinion it must change.”

“I do not see there is anything wrong with it,” Wang Wei, vice president of the Beijing Olympic
organization committee said.

No newspaper reported on the issue on Wednesday and state broadcasters also avoided the subject. References to the story were blocked or deleted from the Internet.

Clearly, beauty is in the eye of the Beijing officials when it comes to duping a worldwide audience. As for Yang Peiyi, she’s been quoted as saying she was honoured to have had a role in the opening ceremony, even though few realized just how big her part really was. Asked by a CCTV journalist whether she was sad to have missed the opening ceremony, she replied: "No, my voice was there."
Not everyone has reacted so calmly. "Adults may lie, but leave the kids out of it," one angry Internet user wrote.

My question is-Can China (such a big

country!) tell lie to all over

the world and not even feel

shame? Does China already

get used to this kind

of "culture of fake" ???

My question is- Who are they to manipulate the girls? Who are they even to judge a 7-year-old girl if she’s pretty or not? What kind of message China is conveying to the world?

“I do not see there is anything wrong with it,” Ya! This is actually the attitude of China Government towards their own weak point, not only representing on this fake singer issue, but towards all their policy, how they stand on "4 June 1998" and "Free Tibet" and a lot of more on big and small cases of this kind of "FAKE" matters happening in whole China.

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