August 12, 2008
The unquestioned star of the Opening Ceremony was a little girl who performed "Hymn to the Motherland" in front of the entire world. I remember watching her and thinking how adorable and talented she was, the "poster child for all of China." Well, it turns out that she wasn't as talented as we all thought. It was in fact, a seven year old singing to the whole world on a pre-recorded tape, not the cute, pig-tailed Lin Miaoke (left), whom we all came to know and love according to a report from The Telegraph.
"This was a last-minute question, a choice we had to make," the ceremony's musical designer, Chen Qigang, said. "Our rehearsals had already been vetted several times - they were all very strict. When we had the dress rehearsals, there were spectators from various divisions, including above all a member of the politburo who gave us his verdict: we had to make the swap."
A "grueling competition" had been waged to choose the performer, but at the last minute the "swap" was made because the seven year old girl simply did not portray the image that the Chinese wanted to convey to the world, she had buck teeth according to the story.
I can't tell you how bad I feel for Yang Peiyi (right), the name of the seven year-old, and her family because she was unable to proudfully claim her rightful place in Olympic history. This is now the second report to dispute what we thought was presented to us during the Opening Ceremony. The first report came earlier this week saying that some fireworks were actually faked during the proceedings.
How many more times will we be duped?
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