August 14, 2008
Bloggers Angered By Olympic Opening Ceremony Fakery
On Wednesday, bloggers all over the Internet scorned China's decision at the Olympic opening ceremony to replace a young female singer with crooked teeth with a pretty, lip-synching girl.
Bloggers felt cheated because the special moment was not real.
"Frankly, I think that's disgusting. Honestly, they're seven and nine years old! So young!" one American teenager wrote.
Ceremony organizers admitted on Wednesday that nine-year-old Lin Miaoke replaced Yang Peiyi because Miaoke was more photogenic.
"I find it sad that they ruined an otherwise pretty awesome ceremony with those fakes," said another blog.
Organizers also admitted to using pre-recorded shots of fireworks in the "live" television broadcast.
A quick search on Google blogs showed a vast amount of complaints with the once revered opening ceremony.
"Apparently, the little girl whose voice was used, Yang Peiyi, wasn't cute enough. It was deemed bad for China's image to show a little girl with crooked teeth," one complained.
Hollywood has used the same trick for years. Marnie Nixon's voiced was used in both "My Fair Lady" for Audrey Hepburn, and "West Side Story" for Natalie Wood.
Bloggers didn't seem to have any issues with Hollywood.
"Something about passing over a child for crooked teeth just seems, well, wrong," said one blogger.
Chinese authorities were labeled as "control freaks" by many bloggers.
"China wants the Olympics as a stage to present a picture-perfect image to the outside world and perfection was clearly the goal for the dazzling opening ceremonies," wrote another blogger.
Ceremony organizers remain unapologetic.
"The song was pre-recorded...The artistic directors just picked the best voice and the best performer," said Wang Wei, Beijing Games spokesman.
Image Caption: Lin Miaokie, 9, right, lip synched to a recording of "Ode to the Motherland" by Yang Peiyi, 7, left, during the opening ceremony. From left to right: CCTV/AP; Zhou Liang, Xinhua News Agency/AP
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