• not “flawless” enough …

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    olympic_lies.jpgthe BBC reports that some “mime” occurred in the opening ceremonies at Beijing.

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    mime?

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    um … isn’t it called lip-syncing?

    They faced a dilemma because although Lin was prettier, seven-year-old Yang had the better voice, Mr Chen said.

    “After several tests, we decided to put Lin Miaoke on the live picture, while using Yang Peiyi’s voice,” he told the radio station.

    “The reason for this is that we must put our country’s interest first,” he added.

    notflawlessenough.jpg“The girl appearing on the picture must be flawless in terms of her facial expression and the great feeling she can give to people.”

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    there is so much to say about this … but, work won’t wait and words for this take a bit of time and contemplation, eh?

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    ethnocentric criticism be a tricky bidness, fo’sho.

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    13 Responses to not “flawless” enough …

    1. TimB
      August 12, 2008 at

      Gotta agree with you here Mikey – that was tacky. I know the organizers just wanted to put on a good show, but a 7-year-old is cute, period. Wouldn’t have made things different for me at all if either girl had sung – EXCEPT that I thought something was odd when they showed Miss Lin “singing” during the opening ceremony but figured they’d just pre-recorded her voice to avoid feedback issues.

      What’s next? Well how’s about we race at Patterson Pass and Mikey you take the climbs and I’ll just ride the downhill stretches to the finish line? That’s the same sort of thing, right? I mean, people’d believe a lard-butt like me riding that well on such a course, right?

    2. August 12, 2008 at

      Get me their phone numbers. I’ll just call them. Peiyi has the perfect voice, too. Bastards!

    3. Ali
      August 12, 2008 at

      holy crap!
      i’m gonna throw that article out to my 7th graders and let ‘em go to town. will make for a great debate. stay tuned for a mid-september blog report on how it goes

    4. JHL
      August 12, 2008 at

      I’ll try to avoid the super long post, but there’s an interesting bit in the nyt today that may (depending on your point of view) shed a little light on why we see this differently than other people might:

      If you show an American an image of a fish tank, the American will usually describe the biggest fish in the tank and what it is doing. If you ask a Chinese person to describe a fish tank, the Chinese will usually describe the context in which the fish swim.

      These sorts of experiments have been done over and over again, and the results reveal the same underlying pattern. Americans usually see individuals; Chinese and other Asians see contexts.

    5. Anonymous
      August 12, 2008 at

      I see poopy water

    6. August 12, 2008 at

      Straight up Milli Vanilli style. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0qTOkUPlGk

    7. shawndoggy
      August 12, 2008 at

      Dontcha remember pavorati also lip synced in 06? I’m gonna chalk this up to the who cares column.

    8. August 12, 2008 at

      CGI fireworks. Lip-syncing performers. What’s next, an American swimmer winning 8 gold medals? Enough of this fake t.v. crap. I’m going to watch more of “The Hills” for some reality.

    9. Anonymous
      August 12, 2008 at

      Actually Yang Peiyi is cuter anyway. Then again, I’ve always had thing for chicks with F’ed up teeth.

    10. TimB
      August 12, 2008 at

      So JHL – based on your cultural context theory (or rather the one in the Times), wouldn’t an American then choose the “cuter” individual for something like this and the Chinese person would care more for the overall show? Seems like that idea would have us go for the lip synch and a Chinese person worry more about how it all fit together. And like I said, the voice was off when I saw the show and knew nothing of this.

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    13. nitro
      August 13, 2008 at

      The communist really do have that marketing thing down.

      But there is a fair amount of difference in cultural values driving the reaction. Unless they imprisoned the little singer and forced her to sing while she was sewing cheap clothing to put on the racks at Walmart, I think that there is every reason to believe that they both felt proud to promote their nation. Not my value, but what the heck.

      And hey, next time put a spoiler alert for you Facebook feed. I’ve been avoiding CN and VN so as to have some suspense over the women’s TT being broadcast tonight.

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