Opening Ceremony Lip Sync Controversy
The adorable, pig-tailed girl who sang "Ode to the Motherland" during Friday's Opening Ceremony for the Olympics was lip syncing. The real singer's face was apparently deemed "not suitable" by officials organizing the games.
In an interview with Beijing Radio, Chen Qigang, musical director for the ceremony, said a member of China's Politburo concluded that Lin Miaoke's voice "must change" during a rehearsal. Unfortunately, the girl with the most beautiful voice, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, was not deemed cute enough.
"We combined the perfect voice and the perfect performance," Chen said.
In blog postings, some Chinese citizens have expressed anger about the last-minute switch, saying the stunt gives children the wrong impression that deception is okay and harms China's efforts to present itself as a reformed and modern society during the Olympics.
--Ariana Eunjung Cha
August 12, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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