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IOC Defends Rejection of Girl Singer

An International Olympic Committee official on Wednesday defended the last-minute decision to pull a 7-year-old singer out of the Opening Ceremonies last Friday in favor of a cuter 9-year-old, who lip-synched a song sung by the girl deemed not cute enough.

As word spread that a China government official ordered the switch during a live rehearsal before the Opening Ceremonies, insisting that Yang Peiyi, 7, sing but be replaced on stage by the adorable Lin Miaoke, 9, the IOC and Chinese organizers came under fire.

But Gilbert Felli, the IOC's director of the Olympic Games, compared the choice to that a coach makes when he bumps a rower out of a four-man boat in favor of a stronger competitor.

"It's a casting or technical decision by the producer," he said.

Felli acknowledged some might disagree and consider the choice "not appropriate," chalking it up to differences of opinion.

Wang Wei, the executive vice president and secretary general of the Bejing organizing committee, said the music directors chose the "best theatrical effect for the whole Opening Ceremony." They were, he said, seeking the "best voice and the best performer."

By Amy Shipley  |  August 13, 2008; 5:35 AM ET
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Feel a bit sorry for both girls. Could see she was lipsynching (hey, if it's good enough for the Grammies/MTV awards...) but thought she was at least lipsynching her own stuff, not doing a Milli Vanilli act. On the plus side, there are now two famous young chinese girls instead of just one!
And what an opening ceremony it was!

Posted by: GodblessAmerica | August 13, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

HAS IOC GONE CRAZY? IOC HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY CHINA, I GUESS THAN? This whole event reflects how current Chinese society/govt does things. Some greater 'taste' has to rule and what happens to voiceless doesn't matter. They can be trotted over or made to compromise their life for the benefit for freaking greater purpose. It is like that belief of throwing someone into river or burn for the sake of some 'others'! Why don't you jump into the river or burn yourself instead of making someone else sacrifice? When China defends this behavior, it's like expected, fine. BUT IOC! Shame on IOC

Posted by: In Disbelief | August 13, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Come on, people! Relax, enjoy the music, ok? lol

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Gilbert Felli makes a poor analogy. When an athlete is replaced by another in a sport, that's it. His or her role is done for a game. He or she no longer runs, scores, defends, etc. on behalf of the athlete who replaced him or her.

Posted by: Matrixman | August 13, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I sure am glad this is the only thing China has ever faked.

Posted by: eagleapex | August 13, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Last night Brian Williams on NBC news told this story, but with a smirk on his face as if it was just a light-hearted anecdote. Given the reason for the change of girls and their ages, I don't find this to be at all amusing, but then I, unlike NBC, did not invest a few billions to make these olympics profitable.

Posted by: Tony S. | August 13, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

What upsets people about situations like this is the notion (I would actually say "fiction") of authenticity. Live singing = authentic, lip syncing = fake.

If you think about it, very nearly NONE of popular culture has any uncompromised authenticity about it. It's all manufactured -- some to a greater degree than others -- but if you believe that your favorite top 40 singer somehow represents a spontaneous flowering of the innate, human musical impulse, to some extent you are deceived.

The opening ceremonies are meant to be a spectacle -- a show! Why would one expect artistic integrity from it?

I'm not saying it's a great thing that the girls got switched - just making the observation that taking offense reveals something about OUR expectations more than it reveals something about the ceremony.

Posted by: James | August 13, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

C'mon folks....we're dealing with the communist Chinese government here. They have an image problem they're working on. OK?

Posted by: Geez Louise | August 13, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

I think it is reprehensible for all the news outlets to report this story. The girl who was "replaced" for not being cute enough will face this the rest of her life. Too much emphasis is placed on what a person looks like. What the news media has done to this girl's self-esteem is unbelievable.

Posted by: CJS | August 13, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The Chinese claim that the great wall was built to keep out barbarians. Look inside the great wall and you will find no shortage of barbarians: Are they living on the wrong side?

Posted by: Joe G. | August 13, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: DWIGHT-PHILIPPINES | August 13, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Fake or whatever. Do what you want, use steroids too. This just makes the IRC look stupid liars.

Posted by: Greg | August 13, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

what's the big deal? the chinese are showing signs of acting very western! Image is everything, and that's where brian william's smirk came from, he know's that is true. the triumph of appearance over reality is an American invention; we should be "proud" the chinese are copying it.

Posted by: mgbsc | August 13, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

what's the big deal? the chinese are showing signs of acting very western! Image is everything, and that's where brian william's smirk came from, he know's that is true. the triumph of appearance over reality is an American invention; we should be "proud" the chinese are copying it.

Posted by: mgbsc | August 13, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

OMG... are the athletes deployed by their government real or fake? pity on children who watch the opening ceremony they where fooled by the OIC and the Regime. isn't olympics is all about moments and glory for those who excel, poor little girl.

Posted by: fool proof | August 13, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I think this is appalling. That poor child will have this with her the rest of her life. Since when has China cared what the world thinks? This is just another example of how poor their human rights are. I agree that we here in America put alot of emphasis on appearance, but come on they are so young. And the guy who made the analogy is an idiot. Athletes are replaced because of performance issues or injury...not appearance. If Tom Brady were a dog he'd still play! Get real China and the Committee. It is a shame they value looks over talent. If the rest of the world did that we would never know or have known alot of great talent.

Posted by: paisley | August 13, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Who says the lip lyncher is cuter? Actually, from what I see, the thing the actual singer is the cuter kid.

Posted by: Sandra | August 13, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

We got duped and that pisses us off.

But the real concern should be, how as a parent do you explain to your 7-year-old child that she wasn't good enough to be seen?

Posted by: Diane | August 13, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Jesus, this is an Olympics ceremony, not a singing show/competition. I am more pissed off with what they did to that song, which is supposed to be faster, stronger, more grandiose, and just basically alot MORE to it. It is an extremely nationalistic song. Artistic directors made some small voiced little girl doing a version twice as slow as it's supposed to be just to take out the militant note. That's stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing. This was a SHOW. Anyone seen "Singing in the Rain"? Not only is there a subplot about dubbing in the film, but Debbie Reynolds is actually dubbed by Betty Noyes.

I think Americans are jealous that the Chinese were able to put on such a brilliant show. Meanwhile, we're stuck in the mud in Iraq with a president who doesn't even bother to dress properly during the Olympics!

Posted by: Drew | August 13, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for both girls. The singer is not cute enough - Great for self-esteem! The lip-syncher is just a cute face? But it is China we're talking about!

Posted by: cn NJ | August 13, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Wait, you mean this is a real live event? All this time I thought I was watching another staged reality show like Gene Simmon's "Family Jewels" or "Big Brother". Too bad, they had me for a while. Now I will just go back to my "Never-Neverland" world of "American Idol" and never watch this "Live" Olympic crap again.

Posted by: ThePrez | August 13, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Well its not the same as replacing one rower with a stronger one. The attempt here was to decieve the audience, and in the end its just poor taste both by the IOC and China.

But what would you expect from a country full of hacks? When is the last time China's produced anything of decent quality?

I am sick and tired of hearing from NBC how great China is and from our president that we need to engage the Chinese. This world would be a much better place without China and its cheap products which have ruined our country and the rest of the world!!!

Posted by: mrsure | August 13, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Just one more counterfeit product coming out of China.

A lot of pride, but not much integrity.

Posted by: DCLawyer | August 13, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Why are we surprised that Communist think about looks.

The US does it all the time. Look at movies, TV, ads, newscasters, etc. We have no diversity in ethnicity, size, looks, etc.

Posted by: Beauty | August 13, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Um, I think the cute little lipsyncing girl's image and self-esteem were also damaged. And I don't think she could ever sing "live" in public, again, or put out a cd - at least not outside China.

Posted by: Poor Little China Girl | August 13, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

It is a felony in China to lip-sync to a paying audience unless it is announced as such. This law was passed several years ago to combat fraud in the Chinese entertainment industry, but it would appear that public deception has become a new Olympic event.

Posted by: Mr. Interlocuter | August 13, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

mrsure you say:
"This world would be a much better place without China and its cheap products which have ruined our country and the rest of the world!!!"

now what economic or political experience qualifies you to make such an absolute statement?

Posted by: notsosure | August 13, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

If the IOC had any integrity, it wouldn't have chosen China for the games. From the underage female gymnasts to the Milli-Vannillization of the song, to putting poison in dog food and lead in toys, China is just plain dishonest.

Posted by: doobrah | August 13, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who downplays Lip-Sync-Gate fails to understand the HUGE symbolic importance of the opening ceremonies. China desperately wanted the Olympics to sell itself to the world. But the world desperately wanted China to be forthright and honest.

No shock, China failed that test from the very moment the cameras turned on. From the CGI fireworks to the Cyrano de Bergerac performance, it is clear that the raw opportunism and cynicism of the Chinese government knows few bounds. And I've not even mentioned the Chinese girls gymnastics team.

I'm sorry, the IOC is either naive, corrupt or both. China is a dictatorship, among the more brutal ones on the planet, and it is doing what all dictatorships do. Lie, dissemble, control and oppress. That the IOC awarded these games based on little more than empty promises and wishful thinking should never be forgotten.

Ten years from now, I have to wonder. Will we remember the 2008 Beijing Games the way we look at the 1936 Berlin Games?

Posted by: A terrible precedent | August 13, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"No shock, China failed that test from the very moment the cameras turned on. From the CGI fireworks to the Cyrano de Bergerac performance, it is clear that the raw opportunism and cynicism of the Chinese government knows few bounds. And I've not even mentioned the Chinese girls gymnastics team."

Hey Mr. terrible, look at yourself before you talk about others. Bad things are happening everywhere. We human being all share of that, but we are trying hard to do good things as well.

CGI fireworks? First, you were told at the time of broadcasting that only the last two were real live, the others were simulated. If you missed it, ask Bob. Second, if you are not healthy enough to understand “simulation”, let’s put it in a simple way: the fireworks were happening, but copper was unable to capture it. If you were a bird, you could see it by yourself, not via camera.

Lip sync: This is happening all the time, west or east. Pavarotti was lip syncing at the 1996 ceremony also. Like it or not, but please notice it’s not a China brand.

Girl gymnast: First, there is no proof of that. And we all know strict straining prevents puberty. Second, IOC just cancelled 6 (?) Olympic gold medals got by America 8 years ago because you guys drugged. Bad things for sure, but I don’t think America isn’t a great country because of that. Americans have done a lot more other good things.

I’m sick of ignorant people barking just whenever they see “China”. That’s a hate crime, dude.

Posted by: A Chinese | August 13, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

people are panicking over nothing. it's not like someone died over the issue or anything.

also, do not feed the trolls. just ignore them and they will disappear.

Posted by: anonymous | August 13, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

WOW - most folks seem to be condemning the Chinese for wanting the "cutest" girl, yet Audrey Hepburn lipsynched all songs except one in My Fair Lady. She was the "prettiest" one.
And what about the U.S's obsession with those "little miss" pageants, wherein little girls are dressed and made up like adults, often making the child look seductive. Don't you think they want the "cutest" girl? The Chinese didn't even approach that level. What's the expression about how people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones....?

Posted by: Deane | August 13, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I didn't think anything of this until I read the reason for her being replaced. In what country other than China is a 7 year old child not adorable.

Posted by: D Llama | August 13, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The morale of the story......Don't ever let the Chinese host the Olympics. We should keep it in our yard so that it can be absolutely perfect.

Posted by: Don't | August 13, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

It is hard enough for an adult to be told "they are not goodlooking enough" or "you can sing/act but sorry we need cute people".

as someone that has had problems with self esteem and still do, I find it disgraceful that this happened to a little girl. my girl is 7, and if her voice was great, yet was told "your not cute enough, or you have bucked teeath etc" i would be taking action..discrimination at it's best!!

this poor girl now will have to endure self esteem problems..all cos of of this "hollywood style act".

let kids be kids.. do NOT judge them by looks. the girl had a great voice and my heart is broken by this cruelty.

Posted by: michele | August 13, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Zzzzzz. Zzzzzzzz. Such a non-story.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

My comment is that there should be no comment. There are so many more important things going on in the world, this shouldn't have even made the news.

Posted by: Paul A. | August 13, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Go China! I am so proud of being a Chinese! Those of you who find any excuse to bash on China should really look deep within yourselves. I feel so so sorry for you. You must feel so insecure about yourself, your culture and your country.

Posted by: Mia | August 13, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

With all the things that are going on in the world, in China and around Olympics, it is really mind numbing that the media has become fixiated with a girl singing or not singing in 10 seconds of a 4 hour ceremony. That is really the most sad and most pathetic about the media and the Chinese basher/haters.

Did you utter a peep when Bush read to you off the teleprompter, words written by others, and in most cases Bush absolutely had no clue whatsoever?

Oops, did I point out something that you ignorance and bias have hindered you from realizing?

Did you react with the same venom and visciousness (towards China and Chinese, who are gracious, friendly and hospitable) when you learnt that Pavorotti lipped sang in Winter Olympic Ceremony at Turino Italy?

(What, you never heard of it? Blame your media for not reporting).

I will quote someone responded to CNN when it was hyping up this turd yersterday:
"It is just a show, the producer is allowed to do whatever he/she feels fit for the presentation and performance. And you need to get off the back of Chinese, and get a life".

I am sure the (western) media will continue dig deeper to find even minute negative stuff against China and Chinese. In this case, your ignorance is a bliss. Stay in your world of ignorance and hatred along with jealousy.

Posted by: China Rise | August 13, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Chinese women faked their gymnastics victory!

Posted by: Chris | August 13, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Fake sining to 'Ode To The Motherland'? I guess the patriotism in China is fake too.

Posted by: OverseaChineseGuy | August 13, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the story above is intentionaly misleading. I am a Chinese American, who first heard this from a chinese person on a Chinese channels. What he said is that they deem the 9 year old's voice was not power enough during the rehearsal. So they use the 7 year old's voice instead. They never put the 7 year old's in the rehearsal. So it is not that they switch the 7 year old to 9 year old at the last minutes because the 7 year old is not cute enough. By the way, what is the problem to choose the prettest girl? If snow-white was a ugly princess, do we still like her the same? It is human nature to like the pretty stuff.

Posted by: Christina | August 13, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

If this is really a non-issue and just "China bashing" from the Western world as some supporters have claimed, the Chinese government would not be scrambling to remove all mention of this instance from Chinese websites, message boards, and other media outlets.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

If everything in China is fake, I bet Michael Phelps' gold medals were fake too! May the US athletes fake their victory!

Posted by: jroybol | August 13, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh for God's sake stop whining about China bashing. This is not China bashing. It is a news worthy story, and a very sad one. I for one am getting sick and tired of chinese people just getting on forums like this and attacking anyone who leaves a negative comment about ANYTHING related to China. Grow up for Gods sake. Be big enough to accept that your country can do something wrong, just like the rest of the world.

Frankly, I think this was an absolute disgrace. The idea that this decision went all the way the top levels of the government to decide that one seven year was not good looking enough to sing in the ceremony is sickening. Think about that people. HIGH LEVEL officials made this decision according the director. Dont tell me for one second that this would EVER happen in a western country.

The director tried to excuse it by saying that it was in the national interest. Ironically, instead of showing his country in a good light, he has actually given the world the clearest example of one of the worst aspects of Chinese society: the absolute OBSESSION with appearance over substance. Believe me, as someone who has lived in China a long time, the chinese are far more obsessed with appearance and looks than any western nation. What kind of message does this send to young children??

Posted by: Robert | August 13, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sd | August 13, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

You could curse China anyway you want, but you could do nothing about it.... LOL.

Why not start from Yesterday, you just stop to use anything made in China, turn off the TV, strip off your cloth, seal off Walmart, buy back all the bounds from China, and you get what you asking for.

Whining losers, get a life OR get lost :-)

Posted by: BigBen | August 13, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

china sucks~

Posted by: kl | August 13, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It's one thing to lip-sync to your own voice, or to lip-sync to a different voice in a movie (where the real singer will be acknowledged in the credits). It's a completely different thing to tell a young girl "sorry, you're not cute enough, but we're still going to use your voice" and tell another "you're really cute, but you don't sound very good," then try to pass the singing off as belonging to the cuter little girl with no credit being given to the real singer.

I definitely don't buy the whole "last minute change" argument. It's not like the opening ceremony just went into rehearsals a week ago; productions of this magnitude are rehearsed for months and months ahead of time. They knew what they were dealing with as far as the looks and vocal talent of the two little girls. If they really hated the looks of the real singer they could have worked around it; plan a dance number or some sort of display with her singing being heard in the backround rather than pretend one was the other.

Kudos to the musical director. Without him coming out to the media the little singer would never have gotten the spotlight that she so deserved.

I really don't see how having an opinion against this automatically makes people racist. It would be equally as reprehensible if it had happened at an American Olympics.

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 13, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

you go Elizabeth! take that big ben ;)

Posted by: Luxury&&glamour | August 13, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

i agree with u kl, CHINA SUCKS!

Posted by: myesha | August 13, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with China's action to lip sync especially in the opening ceremonies. I'm sure the originally singer would have gotten the world's attention based on her singing and she was cute. Such action just propagates our need for beauty rather than quality or substance. What I dislike is how this incident is made into such a big deal. Lip Sync happens everywhere around the world. Fakeness and beauty over skills happens all the time. China made a choice that the west does not agree but it is unfair of you to judge and make judgment about their choices. In North America, it's ok to get a boob job and choose a less strong actress/singer because she does not have the body shape and the boobs to go with the desired look. Maybe we need to discuss that? Or maybe the child pagent where little girls are dressed up and make up to look like Barbie dolls? China, America, Asians, Westerns, we are all no different when it comes to beauty and portraying beauty.

I guess what China did is kinda similar to Bush reading a book upside down. He was just handed a book to read to the kids to make a wonderful photo-op but really he wasn't even reading to them because the book was in the wrong direction. I guess that is the artistic choice, isn't it?

Posted by: parasite | August 13, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The real singer seemed cute enough to me. It's sad that the goal of absolute perfection has overtaken a fundamental olympic principle and ideal; that achievement must be genuine. i.e. it should not be bought, artificially enhanced, or faked. I hope at least that the guardians of these kids are able to convince them that they're both world class performers in their own way.
Kudos to the Chinese for being able to present the Olympics at all, given their recent history. I don't think the Americans could do such a great job of it any more.

Posted by: Brian | August 13, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

as a chinese american, I feel terrible about what happened to the little girl who couldn't go on stage? I am proud to be living in America where I am free and well off so I don't have to be around my native scumbags.

Posted by: michael i | August 13, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm a chinese american and i must agree that the lip-synched was indeed a very terrible decision. However, the ranting on china is really childish. China has many great aspects that are barely mentioned. If you're gonna rant on China than you should at least first rant on all the you westerners who take advantage of China to produce their products at a cheap price.

Posted by: Someone | August 14, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

it was ok

Posted by: sheila | August 14, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

pathetic whining loser SUCKS !

Bush ROCKS ! LOL !!

Posted by: BigBen | August 14, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

To michael i, you call your people as native scumbags, I guess you should call yourself american scumbag. But wait a minute, how dare you call yourself American ?

We Americans do not need any native scumbag, why don't you go back to where you belong OR just GET LOST ! LOL !!

Posted by: BigBen | August 14, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

According to IOC, it is OK that registration is one’s name, and competition is another person.
What an Olympics!

Posted by: lyz95 | August 14, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

China is now being ridiculed world wide for a decision they thought would "save face." Good!!!!!! They can put all the glitz they want on these Olympic Games but the world knows the true China and their terrible track record on human rights violations. The only news outlet to defend them outside of China will be NBC News. This does not surprise as NBC itself is a sham of a news organization. This is evidenced by the plummeting ratings of their news shows. Hey Michael Phelps, better check those gold medals, they are probably laced with lead!!

Posted by: Mike | August 14, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow....everyone has said so much already, so I'll comment on what's already been said. I personally liked the "If Tom Brady was a dog, he'd still play", yes he would, but he wouldn't be doing endorsement commercials and dating supermodels. Or, how about our American Idol? Every week when you tune in, there's a bunch of "average" people on the stage right? C'mon people, we can't all sit around and pretend that looks don't mean anything in this world. When was the last time you saw an unattractive person doing the NBC nightly news? This world is all about image, and the opening ceremonies is all about showing your image to the world. So the chinese didn't want an "average" girl to walk the stadium floor, so what? Buuuuuut, if what all you guys are saying is true, and looks dont matter, lets see how many record companies go after the "ugly" girl for her amazing vocal skills.

Posted by: Nick | August 14, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

There goes again. The Western media and presses are trying to stir up mole hills to make mountains in bashing China and the Chinese people again!!!

Probably, they are trying to 'avenge' the exposure by the Chinese people recently on the Western media 'fakery' on the Tibet reporting incidence.

For instance, look at the two titles of media reporting by the same news agency, the Guardian UK:

1. Pavarotti mimed at final performance· Millions watched tenor's opening of Olympics
· Star's conductor Leone Magiera reveals secret
Tom Kington in Rome The Guardian,Monday April 7 2008

2. Olympics: Child singer revealed as fake
Tania Branigan in Beijing, Tuesday August 12 2008 12:34 BST

Both instances involved in music lip sync in the Opening ceremony of the Olympics - 1. During the Winter in 2006, Turin, Italy and 2. During Summer in 2008 in Beijing. China.

Furthermore, 1. concerns a famous old man (Opera singer) who has passed away (May his soul rest in pease) and 2. concerns two young girls who will have full life ahead. What a coincident: they occurred on the opposite ends of the time scales - Winter-Summer, Old-Young!!!

The point I want to make is that the language used in the titles to capture the attention of the reader:
1. is non-issue and mild ('mimed in final performance')whereas in 2. the langusge is very serious and strong ('revealed as fake').
In the case of 2. 'revealed' impled prior secrecy and 'fake' equals forgery which is a serious crime in the West!

What a blatant bias in titling involving the same issue one in the West and the other in the East!

My comment for Washington Post is please do more research and come out with the complete picture both West and East (not one-sided). Your current statement seems to imply the problem lies with the Chinese side rather than the policy of the IOC. State the facts and NOT speculation and hearsay opinions.

The issue should be stated clearly for the benefit of the readers to comment and pass judgement.

The issue is why does the IOC allow such practices during the Opening (or Closing) ceremony, not condemning the Italian or the Chinese for providing entertaining shows. This will at least attempt to remove the racial slurs by racists in public discussion.

My wish is that the Western media provide more positive reporting about the East to their audiences so that the West and East can coexist in greater harmony. After all the West have designed courses in human management to urge us to uphold positive thinking and try to avoid negative thinking in our life. The media should be the leader in preaching positive thinking rather than to indulge in negative reporting just for the sake of monetary gain.

Posted by: Chang, Malaysia | August 14, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, we are living in a world that many put much emphasis on the "worldly ideal look", worldly riches, fame, and popularity. I feel bad for these two innocent girls. In God's eyes, these girls are beautiful. Each girl has been blessed by both beauty and talent. What made me sad were the way limit-minded adults who influenced these girls in negative ways.

It is my hope and prayer that an adorable 7 year old Yang Peiyi will be allowed to sing her heart out at the closing ceremony. Faking brands and other polluted food products has never been OK'd and satisfied by consumers for many years, and now faking human voices? They are obviously regarding human soul and self-esteem as a game. What a shame! It is a shame that IOC allowed this to happen.

Banning a girl with chubby cheeks or imperfect teeth to sing during the 2008 ceremony to allow an international audience and fans to listen and to witness her god given beauty and talent is like banning disabled or incapacitated persons to share the world with us.

Why bother having people with disabilities participate in Special Olympics when you couldn’t even accept this 7 year olds girl with imperfect teeth to sing? What a joke!

Posted by: sophia, UT, USA | August 14, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

China has placed to much emphasis on look! The 'ugly' girl is really very pretty and there is NOTHING wrong with her! The 'pretty' girl has been played and conned into thinking it was her singing and is much more than a pretty face I'm sure! Come on China! You can't just pick and chose a face without a voice or a voice without a face! At 13 I can even see that the world is VERY stereotypical and a horrible place to live but hurting a 7 and 9 year old and ruining self esteem is going to far! The games were about INTEGRITY, joining TOGETHER and giving people a FAIR chance and China isn't showing much of that right now are they!

Posted by: DISGUSTED! | August 14, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

only people who have lived both in china and canada or the usa should have a right to critizize ether place. my life was completly changed when i five. i lived in rural china, then took a 747 to vancouver, i was completely overwhelmed. i have lived in canada for 11 years now and speak very fluent english. but the weird thing is no one else in my family can speak english so when i at home i have to be chinese. but the second i leave my house i am completely western. anyway back to my point the west should leave china alone and china should leave the west alone. no one should critize each other until they spend a day each others country.

Posted by: chinese guy who longer has to live in china | August 14, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

People who are defending this action by comparing it to hollywood and modelling world etc are forgetting something: when I go to the movies or look at a commercial I know that it is fake. When I looked at the opening ceremonies, I did not parts were faked and there was no attempt to make it clear that parts were faked.

When Pavarotti's voice was pre-taped, it was:
a. His own voice
b. Pretaped because he had cancer and could not sing, not because he was chubby and not presentable.

If China had been upfront about substituting singers and pre-taping the fireworks etc., ONLY then would I have had the same expectations about it as per Hollywood, actors etc. (though I would still find it heartbreaking in terms of the message to the two girls in question and to girls everywhere)

Posted by: Sarah | August 16, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Lin Miaoke | August 16, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Robert wrote: "HIGH LEVEL officials made this decision according the director. Dont tell me for one second that this would EVER happen in a western country."

Robert, as someone who lives in a western country where French agents do housecalls to sink Greenpeace boats in our harbours (the Rainbow Warrior affair, one dead) and Israeli agents come to steal passports from people in wheelchairs, I wish I could share your absolute faith in the standard of leadership we have.

Our own Prime Minister got caught signing someone else's art as her own for a charity auction so I wouldn't think a spot of fakery or artistic meddling would be beyond any of them.

Politicians are people too, and we all like to think we know best...

Posted by: kiwi | August 19, 2008 6:09 AM | Report abuse

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