In an article called “Olympic organizers reveal lip-synched child performance” the CBC reports on how the Olympic opening ceremony included a Milli-Vanilliesque performance by Lin Miaoke and Yang Peiyi. Nine-year-old Miaoke lip-synced to the vocals seven-year-old Peiyi recorded previously.
Why, you ask? Because although Peiyi has a beautiful voice, they deemed her not pretty enough to actually been seen. Lovely. Chen Qigang, the ceremony’s chief music director, explains:
The reason for this is that we must put our country’s interest first. We had to make that choice. It was fair both for Lin Miaoke and Yang Peiyi … We combined the perfect voice and the perfect performance.
The country’s interests, indeed. It seems like the handiwork of Captain Rationalization.