Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Australia - your fake moral outrage is ready.

So, bits of the Olympic opening ceremony were a bit fat fraud...

Olympic organisers on Wednesday defended the switching of a seven-year-old singer with a more photogenic double during the opening ceremony, comparing it with an athlete getting dropped for a big game.

Nine-year-old Lin Miaoke became a celebrity in China after she "sang" a patriotic ballad in front of 91 000 people and a television audience of millions during Friday's opening spectacular.

But organisers later admitted the real voice was that of chubby Yang Peiyi, who was deemed not attractive enough to go on stage, a decision that the International Olympic Committee's executive director Gilbert Felli defended.

There was also something about CGI fireworks. Now, for one who gives a rats arse what they do, it's not really that important. But let's be honest, who in their right mind expects a brutal, repressive dictatorship to act ethically? Really, if that's the worst thing you can find to complain about against China when they're probably throwing people into the Yangtze on a daily basis then you're giving them more credit than they deserve.

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