Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cuteness, in the national interest

You would think that Chinese leaders might have something better to worry about, like maybe the constant threat of billions of people rising up and smiting their thuggish oppressors, but at least one member of the ruling Communist Party Politburo had bigger fish to fry: keeping some homely little kid from screwing up the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. As millions of TV viewers watched last weekend, cute-as-a-button Lin Miaoke, above right, sang "Ode to the Motherland" as the Chinese flag was brought into the stadium. But wait. It wasn't Lin doing the singing, it was Yang Peiyi, above left, who is not quite as photogenic. A Politburo member came to a rehearsal before the Games and gave the directors of the show a clear indication that showing Yang's face was not what the grand poo-bahs of China wanted. Chen Qigang, described as the general musical designer of the ceremony, tried to explain it this way: "The reason was for the national interest. The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings and expression. The reason why little Yang was not chosen to appear was because we wanted to project the right image; we were thinking about what was best for the nation." Project the right image? China already has an image of brutal, bloody repression - as well as providing the world with crappy, lead-laden merchandise. A cute kid lip-synching a Commie anthem isn't likely to have much effect on public perception of the Beijing regime. Their zealous approach to making sure the right kind of face was shown on TV is almost Hitlerian. You know, the "master race" and all that stuff. Yang, perhaps with a bayonet at her mother's throat, said she was honored just to do the singing, but even a 7-year-old knows when she's been shunned. The Chinese dictators kill their own people, so do you really think they're worried about the feelings of a little girl. She should just consider herself fortunate that she wasn't smothered at birth for being the "wrong" sex.



Blogger Ellipses said...

It's hard not to make the obvious joke...

Both kids are cute, though... and I didn't watch it anyway :-)

-ellipses... is surprisingly good at math

August 13, 2008 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Both kids look cute to me.

Did the Chinese goverment think that Tyra Banks and all the judges from Next Top Model were going to be rating the kid's looks or something?

August 13, 2008 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

It's obvious that both little girls are cute as can be. And I'm quite certain that Brant is right when he describes how the singing girl's mother was, ahem, convinced, to let her daughter stay in the shadows.

This is a country whose leaders want zero population growth (I guess they finally figured out that a billion people is quite enough), and to achieve that short-sighted goal, parents are "encouraged" to have only one child...and a male at that. But when the government needs a ruse, I guess those chicks come in handy once in a while, don't they?

The entire premise of Chen Qigang's defense of this idiocy is just ridiculous. There are one billion people in China. All of them are good looking? All of them have perfect features that represent some sort of master race? Puh-leeze!

I guess those in power over there think that by putting only "pretty" things out there for public consumption will trick all of us into believing that all is well in China...when there is oh so much wrong with that country to begin with. Making a cute little girl the face of the country won't mask the horrors of what it must be like to live there.

August 13, 2008 at 7:13 PM  

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