If ever the expression "gimme a break!" was appropriate, it's the latest news that the little girl who was slated to sing at the opening ceremony, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, who is believed it just so happens to have the best voice, was replaced since her replacement was more...how shall we say...TV-friendly. Meaning that lip synching was used to match the voice to another face. What a display of sportsmanship!
Perhaps the powers-that-be have forgotten the purpose in holding the Olympics in the first place.
This from CBSnews.com: "A 7-year-old Chinese girl was not good-looking enough for the Olympics opening ceremony, so another little girl with a pixie smile lip-synched "Ode to the Motherland," a ceremony official said - the latest example of the lengths Beijing took for a perfect start to the Summer Games."
Full story here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/12/world/main4344591.shtml
As if this wasn't enough to make a person spit - read the entire story - seems that those beautiful opening fireworks were helped along with the addition of digitally inserted images for TV. Kind'a makes a person wonder how much of the competition is real.
Well, doesn't it?