Remember that too-cute-to-be-true youngling that sang “Hymn to the Motherland” during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics on Friday night? The one who became an overnight sensation, giving interviews on all the talk shows the next day?
The show’s musical designer, Chen Qigang, has admitted that Lin Miaoke lip-synched the words to the tune over a recording done by another more talented, albeit less attractive, little girl named Yang Peiyi.
Chinese authorities pressured the show’s organizers to make the change at the last moment because Yang Peiyi’s buck teeth made her an “unsuitable” to represent Chinese culture to a worldwide audience. Chen told reporters that it was a matter of “national interest” to kick Yang Peiyi to the curb in favor of a child that was “flawless in image.”
But I guess things could be worse for little Yang Peiyi. I mean, yeah it sucks to be officially declared “homely” by your government. But at least they didn’t force her parents to abort her. This time.