Chinese government calls 7 year old girl ugly

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(Yang Peiyi on the left, Lin Miaoke on the right. Both look adorable to me.)

I’m really enjoying the competition so far, but stories like this and the racist Spanish basketball advertisement are starting to take away from the Olympic spirit. Granted, there are also the tiiiiiiny issues of human rights abuse, pollution, and censorship that the Chinese government has failed to address, but is that really surprising? Not so much. This, however, is.

China’s made no secret that the 2008 games are their welcoming party to the table of world superpowers. To that end, they’ve controlled every last aspect of the presentation, crafting the exact image they want to project to the world. This happens everywhere – currently evident in Vancouver’s ongoing efforts to force their homeless outside of the city in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics – but it’s almost always troublesome. In this situation, the Chinese deemed a 7 year old singer named Yang Peiyi “not suitable” to perform at the opening ceremonies, even though they wanted to use her voice in a key part of the festivities. Apparently she wasn’t cute enough to represent the country on the world stage. So what to do? Simple, they found 9 year old Lin Miaoke to lip sync the song. Miaoke has since gone on to become an international celebrity, while the controversy over the decision just broke in the press. You can read the full story here.

At the moment, both girls and their families seem to be ok with the whole situation. That’s good, and I hope they continue to feel that way, but it doesn’t fix the larger problem here. The fact that a country would blatantly attack the self-esteem of one girl, and consequently, a whole generation, is appalling. China has all the tools to be a world leader, but there are certain areas where they’re failing miserably.

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3 Responses to “Chinese government calls 7 year old girl ugly”

  1. Mom says:

    Well it just gets worse and worse if you’re a girl. Call it what you will, but I call it Sports Slaves in any language, and from any country–especially the poor gymnasts. I know sports are good for pushing fitness and self-improvement, but when commercialism and jingoism get going, all the people suffer, and those on the bottom suffer first, and most of all. Dancers getting paralyzed from falling during rehearsal for opening night…14 year old girls, taken from their families at 3 to live in camps for this day…so they can fracture their little bones sticking it from abnormal heights and pretending to be all of 16. this is crazy, man! and smiling through the next round, broken ankles and all. It’s just sick, and I mean really sick.

  2. Hyphen says:

    Mama Hyphen on the blog! Good stuff 🙂

    I agree, there’s a lot of stuff going on with the Olympics that I find despicable. The gymnasts seem happy enough, but there’s really no way to tell, especially when the government will make sure nobody dissents in public. They showed footage of little 5 year olds practicing in the same gym as one of the rumored underage girls and it was just sad to watch. They really are forced into this, whether they like it or not.

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