What is this handbasket we’re in, and where is it going?

Lip Synching – not just for Ashlee Simpson anymore

I’m going to give China some credit here – the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics was outstanding; a visual spectacle the likes of which I’ve not seen before. The parts that were real, anyway.

Following news that some of the fireworks in the broadcast were cgi renderings over pre-recorded footage passed off as live (shame on you broadcasters – at least the organizers actually fired off the fireworks), we’re hit with another bombshell. The star of the show, the cute little girl who sang during the ceremony, wasn’t the actual singer. Indeed, the actual singer was fellow little girl Yang Peiyi, who was not permitted to perform because she was too “chubby” and had “crooked teeth.”

It seems a tad disingenuous to hide an unattractive girl with an angelic voice behind a pretty face, and I’d like to think of it as something we wouldn’t do in our culture (but that’s probably not true).  Someone out there probably doesn’t think that the fake crap happening during the opening ceremony is a big deal, and it may not be, but it just doesn’t sit right with me.  The lack of transparency isn’t a good thing.


August 12, 2008 - Posted by | Chinese Olympics

1 Comment »

  1. I think this says a lot about our global society. Who gets to decide who is “cute” enough? When did a “chubby” little girl become un-cute? We (apparently the Chinese can be included) are so focused on appearance that we just don’t get past the surface anymore. It’s a sad commentary.

    We don’t see this as much with males. I know, fellas, you have feelings, too, blah blah blah. But my daughter was just mentioning the other day the preponderance of men in sitcoms who are “of size” but married to wives who are…not. (Let’s face it, the women of “Still Standing,” “King of Queens,” or “According to Jim” can hardly even be considered “average” (as the average woman in the U.S. is a size 14 according to and the women in those sitcoms are probably a size 2 or 4.) There are few women on television or in the movies who are a size 14, yet there are men who are bigger than average and proud of it.

    That’s a rant for another day (or possibly another subject for you to tackle), but my point is that it’s just too bad that that powers-that-be don’t believe that public can handle a kid who’s not “cute” enough. Sad sad sad.

    Comment by Mom | August 12, 2008 | Reply

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