Yang Peiyi and Lin Miaoke

Yang Peiyi and Lin Miaoke

Source: NYT

I read something that disturbed me very much.

It was reported that the little girl who starred at the Olympic opening ceremony was miming and only put on stage because the real singer was not good looking enough, which was according to the show’s musical director.

The chief music director, Mr. Chen Qigang had this to say, “We were thinking about what was best for the nation. The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings and expression.”

What values are we teaching? Even if the child looked as hideous as lets say, me, it is absolutely despicable what they decided to do.

Apparently the singer, Yang Peiyi did not pass a “cuteness test”.

I do not agree at all with the message this sends. Especially being the Olympics, the audience is global and many. This tells the children that ability and talent are not enough if you don’t have the looks. This is absolutely ludicrous. We are teaching the children that looks are more important than substance. Or even the teaching the children that looks are as important as substance is utterly wrong.

This obviously is no fault of the young girl who lip synched but the fault is clearly on the shallow minded, value twisted organizers of the opening ceremony.

As far as I can see, they remain unapologetic about this decision.

As far as I am concerned, I think we should let rest only for the sole reason not to traumatize two young, innocent girls but I make this point (among many others) so that the adults who decided this can learn a lesson themselves.