November 14, 2008

China Debates Crackdown on Lip-Syncing

The Chinese Ministry of Culture says it wants to stop all lip-syncing during live performances in an attempt to avoid any controversies.

The Daily Telegraph said Friday that in the wake of the highly-publicized scandal involving a lip-syncing young girl during the Beijing Games, the ministry wants to ban such activities during all live performances in China.

The controversy regarding the Olympics opening ceremony event came about after ceremony organizers admitted the 9-year-old singer Lin Miaoke was not actually singing the song live.

Ministry official Sun Qiuxia said Chinese officials are intent on banning such practices in the future, the Telegraph reported.

People who perform for profit should not cheat audiences with fake singing or by pretending to play instruments," he said.