Wow, the Chinese Olympics folks are trying as hard as they can to make things look more perfecter than ever!
The opening ceremony appears to have been more than meets the eye. First we heard about how some of the fireworks were faked for television, supposedly because they didn’t want to shoot real fireworks up around the circling helicopters. I guess I can accept that, especially if they looked good. Which they supposedly did (I haven’t watched it yet).
Now we’re hearing that the little girl singing in the opening ceremony wasn’t singing at all…it was a far-less-cute girl backstage, a girl who had everything going for her except her face so she was shoved aside just before showtime:
…The show’s musical designer felt forced to set the record straight. He gave an interview to Beijing radio saying the real singer was a seven-year-old girl who had won a gruelling competition to perform the anthem, a patriotic song called “Hymn to the Motherland”.
At the last moment a member of the Chinese politburo who was watching a rehearsal pronounced that the winner, a girl called Yang Peiyi, might have a perfect voice but was unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth.
So, on the night, while a pre-recording of Yang Peiyi singing was played, Lin Miaoke, who has already featured in television advertisements, was seen but not heard.
You can just hear the Chinese government loudspeakers: ALL MUST BE PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL FOR OLYMPIC TEEVEE SHOW! PAY NO ATTENTION TO FAKE THIS OR UGLY THAT! ALL IS WELL AND GOOD AND CITY IS CLEAN AND AIR IS NICE AND WATER IS NOT GREEN AND UGLY HOUSES ARE NOT SEEN AND FIREWORKS ARE REAL!