Good morning, Netizens...
I stumble onto the strangest stuff at the oddest times. On the left in the picture is the picture-perfect girl, Lin Miaoke, 9, from a Beijing primary school, who became an overnight sensation for singing as the Chinese flag entered the stadium at the World Olympics. She gave all kinds of interviews to the news media, including CNN and NBC, taking credit for her singing.
Whoopsie! The girl on the right, Yang Peiyi, is actually the young girl who sang the song "Hymn to the Motherland" on international television while Miaoke lip-synched the song and took all the credit. According to the UK Telegraph, Chinese officials eventually got around to admitting their deception, but one has to ask, will the notoriety of Miaoke enable her to sign a lucrative deal for movie rights, or Peiyi?
The deciding factor that determined who actually appears in the television footage as the Chinese flag entered the arena came about because of a member of the Chinese Politburo who was watching a rehearsal and then made the call. He is quoted as saying that the girl called Yang Peiyi, might have a perfect voice but was unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth.
"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."
Yikes! Officials have already admitted that the pictures of giant firework footprints which marched across Beijing towards the stadium on Friday night were prerecorded, digitally enhanced and inserted into footage beamed across the world. Is that why they practiced the firework display so many times before the live broadcast?
The real voice behind the televised image, Yang Peiyi is said to have reacted well to the disappointment. "I am proud to have been chosen to sing at all," she is reported to have said.
[Portions of this taken from the UK Telegraph]
So what other parts of the television broadcasts from China have been dedacted, altered or changed without our knowledge?
More important, do you care?