What’s really sad about this story is that at even age 7, the pressure to look perfect is immense. Crooked teeth? Chubby face? No. We’d like to believe that even before the kids turn 10, they’re perfectly blessed with superior bone structures and a well aligned set of milk teeth. I don’t care much for the fact some of the fireworks were fake. But telling a kid that she isn’t cute enough even if she sings so well, is just cruel.
The recording to which Lin mouthed along on Friday was by the even younger Yang Peiyi. It seems that Yang’s uneven teeth, while unremarkable in a seven-year-old, were considered potentially damaging to China’s international image.
“This is in the national interest. It is the image of our national music, national culture. Especially the entrance of our national flag; this is an extremely important, extremely serious matter,” Chen Qigang, the event’s general music designer, explained to a Beijing radio station.
I understand if the music was pre-recorded. God knows live shows are hard to manage, especially with kids involved. Lip-syncing is what most professionals do anyway. But this case just makes me want to break something.