Post #6 : Response to “In Grand Olympic Show, Some Sleight of Voice” by Jim Y.

According to the article, “In Grand Olympic Show, Some Sleight of Voice,” in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese lied to the whole world; they used the appearance of a cute girl and the voice of another. Both girls had different strengths and weaknesses; Miaoke was cute but she was not a good singer and Peiyi was not as cute as Miaoke but was a good singer. Despite this fact, lip syncing at an international ceremony was not a good idea. Using two different girls reminded the world once again about its obsession over physical beauty.

Although lip syncing was not a wise decision, lying to the world was not a bad idea. If the Chinese had not lied and had told the public about their decision to use two girls, the public would have condemned the idea, stating that the Chinese were people who valued external beauty over inner beauty. If the Chinese did not get caught lying, lying to the public would have been okay and Miaoke would have stayed in their minds as the cute girl at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. If the world found out, the Chinese would have received the same criticism as they would have if they had announced their plan to the whole world. Therefore, I believe that lying to the world was a better choice in that the Chinese had a chance to fool the whole world and avoid criticisms of any sort.

Miaoke and Peiyi

Miaoke and Peiyi

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