I read a report this morning from BBC about Lin Miaoke, the cute 9 year old girl that captivated the world with her singing of “Ode to the Motherland” during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. It appears that she was not singing, but rather, miming the song of another young girl, Yang Peiyi (age 7).
Mr. Chen, the music director of the ceremony, went with the more “flawless” looking girl instead of the less presentable one because, in his words, it was a choice for “our country’s interest”. In addition, Chen stated that Lin had greater stage presence.
For me, I think it is another social commentary on the value of image over substance in humanity.
Do you have any thoughts on this?
The following is the performance that is being referenced from the opening ceremony:
Also, check out the following CNN update on the story: