Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Beijing Olympics: Opening Ceremony Singer, and Fireworks, Were Fakes

If you watched the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, you saw this pretty little Chinese girl sing "Ode to the Motherland" while her country's flag was raised. Millions around the world praised her for her singing, and some in the media said she was a rising star.

Today, word comes out that this little girl was actually lip-synching, because the one who actually did the singing was not deemed "pretty enough" by the Chinese Politboro.

If you click here, you'll read the AP article, and see a picture of the little girl who did the singing. I saw nothing wrong with her appearance, but the Chinese government deemed her "too chubby" and didn't like the appearance of her teeth.

Chinese bloggers are outraged right now, as are many other bloggers around the world--including me.

The article I linked comes off of CNN, which also has this interesting piece of information. Apparently the Beijing Olympic Committee used some computer-generated fireworks during the Opening Ceremony, arguing that the air quality prohibited some of them to be seen very well.

I hope, I hope, I hope, that the torch-lighting was real. (It has to be; how can you fake something like that?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The one broadcasted was CGI.
However, the fireworks were actually shot. It was too dangerous to fly some one up there amidst all the fireworks. They did it for safety.

But the fireworks are real and did go off, and people there saw it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbZrI8onelg