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China obsessed with having ‘face’, resorted to fakes for Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. What next?


I am sure by now many of you already read in the news or around the blogs on the issues surrounding Beijing Olympics spectacular opening ceremony footage. I was browsing Negaraku.net and I saw some blogs wrote about it, namely my life 4 hire and teddY-risatioN.

It is true, China even admitted shamelessly and see nothing wrong with to have parts of the spectacular, over the top Beijing Olympics opening ceremony faked to put on a flawless, impressive show to the world. If this is not hypocrisy, I do not know what it is.

In order to put on a a perfect Olympics, Beijing has swept its streets of fake designer handbags, pirated DVDs and phoney corporate logos. That dedication to authenticity apparently does not extend to Olympics ceremonies.I f you watched the opening ceremony in front of the television, you were duped into believing it was filmed live.

Olympic Fireworks Faked For TV

The global television audience of more than three billion people watched in amazement as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks proceeded through the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest stadium – except they were watching a computer animation.

Even the giant television screens within the stadium itself broadcast the fake images.

Stunned viewers thought they were watching the string of fireworks filmed from above by a helicopter.

But in reality they were watching a 3D graphics sequence that took almost a year to produce.

It even included a ‘camera shake’ to mimic the effect of filming from a helicopter.

The dupe was revealed by China’s Beijing Times. Speaking to the paper, the man responsible for the animation said he was pleased with the result.

“Seeing how it worked out, it was still a bit too bright compared to the actual fireworks,” Gao Xiaolong told the newspaper.

“But most of the audience thought it was filmed live – so that was mission accomplished.”

The designers even added some haziness to simulate the polluted Beijing skyline.

(Source: Sky News)

The organiser has this to say:

Organiser said that the footprint fireworks were there for real, but thought it unsafe to try to film them – so they recreated them instead

Here is my take:

1. If you could not get the real footage, forget about broadcasting it. Forget about saving face, I think Chinese are preoccupied with this ‘saving face’ culture and will shamelessly resort to anything to maintain a ‘good, pretty, presentable face’. Image over substance, the end justifies the mean. It is really sad to hear what I saw on television and went gaga over it was nothing but a make-believe effect. Where is the pride of the Chinese people ? Down in the drain.

2. Some of the commentators at the blogs I visited equated criticism against this issue as ‘China bashing and another attempt to degrade China, especially by Western press’. It was China’s Beijing Times that first reported this ‘dupe’.

Furthermore, with this kind of revelation, you cannot help but to feel angry no? Anyone being deceived would feel the same way. Wait, I hear you. One by one please.

– We watch $200 million even more fake spectacular movies like Batman, Independence Day.. and we still enjoy it very much.

That is because we KNOW and we are willingly spend our hard earned money to watch the FAKE movies! See the difference? Unless China put a disclaimer before they put up the footage, then it’s another story. The organisers made billions of people thinking they were watching the real thing when they were not! After billions of people singing praises and glory about the stunning remarkable opening ceremony, then we know it was not real.

– Oh it is better then, they put up CGI effects instead of real fireworks, so it is even better! Less air pollution! Less fire hazards esp during the HOT summer now.

Huh?? Ehem, the firework WERE FIRED OFF! The fake fireworks were not replacement for the real ones. China feed the ‘perfect footage which took them almost 1 year to produce’ to international broadcasters after firing the real fireworks.

We I just do not see the need for them to recreate the whole fireworks display for the sake of grandeur and perfection. Utter crap.

That is not all, apparently the very cute girl singing to the song ‘Ode to the Motherland’ was merely lip syncing to the song. Not so bad right? Considering many singers nowadays cannot even sing live and always do miming, but what is more outrageous was, the girl is not the original singer at all!! She was lip syncing to the song originally sang by another not-so-cute girl!! The organisers kept mum about the issue, never even bothered to give ANY CREDIT  giving any credit  until it was leaked out yesterday and now China enforced a media blackout on the fake song issue. Typical of China.

Left: Original singer, the less cute girl – Yang Peiyi, Right: Lin Miaoke – the cute girl

(Image source: teddY-risatioN)

Chinese media blackout on faked Olympic ceremony saga

BEIJING (AFP) – China enforced a media blackout on the saga of the faked Olympic opening ceremony song on Wednesday and all references to the story were removed from Chinese Internet sites.

Beijing’s Olympic organisers admitted on Tuesday that nine-year-old Lin Miaoke, who was seen by millions around the world singing during the ceremony, was actually miming a song that was pre-recorded by another girl.

The show’s musical director revealed the real singer, seven-year-old Yang Peiyi who has uneven teeth and a chubby face, was replaced by government order because she did not present the right image of China.

(Source: AFP)

Ridiculous! What ‘right image of China’? So this is the right image of China? Resorting to lies and deceptions in order to have that ‘right image?’ Hilarious! It is disheartening and sad, they ruined an otherwise pretty awesome ceremony with those fakes. Little that we expect, for a big country like China to display symptoms uncannily resembles those countries suffering from inferiority complex syndrome.

The issue here is honesty. If China has been honest about all this before first hand, I do not see any problem for people to accept the facts, especially on the ‘fake fireworks’, as it involves safety issue and requires great planning, efforts to film the real fireworks. I have problem with China ‘sidelined the less cute girl and presented a cute girl miming to a song, without giving due credit to the original singer – the less cute girl.’

Now, instead of being honest and apologetic over the issue, China made some ridiculous statements and this only add oil to the burning criticism against China, especially after the Tibet and Taiwan issue. Opportunists and China detractors will pounce on this issue, that is for sure.

I sarcastically remarked in my previous post:

It is not uncommon to hear remarks praising Chinese people as ruthless, conniving, greedy and materialistic bastards

This ‘fakes’ issue certainly does not help to change people’s perceptions about Chinese people. Lastly, (ehem, to save my sorry arse I need to have some sort of disclaimer, seeing so many off topic comments at other blogs writing on this issue) before you blast me for highlighting only the negative things about the opening ceremony and brand me as an anti China bastard, think again.

I acknowledged the great, spectacular and stunning feats by many performers during the opening ceremony especially the part where Li Ning ‘running’ across the CGI scroll to light the Olympic flame. I was stunned, totally impressed when they showed suspended performers ‘running across the continents on the globe’ and of course, the beautifully choreographed dances.

But, this post is specially done to highlight China’s hypocrisy on the ‘fakes issue’ and not to write a summary on positive and negative things about China, or to present a balanced view on China. Neither that I am writing to impress you.

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21 Responses to “China obsessed with having ‘face’, resorted to fakes for Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. What next?”

  1. Novinthen wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    pity the so called not cute gal! this is outrageous man!

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  2. foongpc wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Bongkersz, so now you have switched from Malaysian politicians bashing to China bashing? Ha ha! Just kidding. Yes, a lot of people are angry with these issues. And of course China’s critics have a field day blasting China. But despite these, I still think China did a great job with the opening ceremony. I hope they don’t do anything funny with the closing though : )

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  3. Novinthen wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Damn in really angry la.. really pity the gal.. how would it effect that gal? for life long she will think she is so freaking ugly she cant even be featured in a tv even when she got talent!!!

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  4. bongkersz wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Haha! I do not bash any entity that doesn’t deserve bashing mah 😛

    Yes I agree China did a great job with the opening ceremony, no doubt about that and this is just a totally different issue.

    ps: I’ll collect the awesome award from you later and make a special post for that 😳 ➡

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  5. bongkersz wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Worse is they never give her any credit for her effort, no mentioning of her name before this. If this issue was not leaked out, we would never know. :vangry:

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  6. Novinthen wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    well, so dumb of us.. China already famous for fake good. now they have fake CGI fireworks and fake singers oso. lol

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  7. atreyu strange wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I don’t mind the fake CGI fireworks bcoz at least they were good at faking it. But that lil’ girl, ouwch, I feel bad for the one who had to lip-sync, simply bcoz, NOW THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS SHE CAN’T SING!! Yikes~ 😯

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  8. willchua wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Yeah, totally disappointed with the fake. They has enough time, money and human resource to prepare for a good show. It don’t have to be best of the best among all the Olympic opening. Just as long it’s their best effort, we all will still be proud of it.

    Hopefully from now on they will start to reflect why fakes are bad and start to produce something authentic by their own capacity.

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  9. willchua wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    By the way, i think both gals can sing, just that one can sing better and another has cuter looks but she can also sing as well, just that not as good as the 1st gal.

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  10. Archie wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    i also pity with the NOT cute gal LoL.. the world is about money and beauty

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  11. teddY wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    I am actually angrier with the fact that the original singer of the song was not given due credit at all when the organisers replaced her with a ‘flawless’ looking girl. My, the ‘flawless’ word definitely hurt her a lot. It’s just unethical and unfair to do such a thing just because they wanted to uphold the standard of beauty. It just doesn’t make sense why Beijing wants to make the Games so PERFECT.

    Anyway, thanks for the link, I sincerely appreciate your credits and trackbacks *bows* 😀

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  12. bongkersz wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Credits given when it is due bro, no problem! 😀

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  13. k3sh wrote on Aug 14, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    well not bad..they can fake anything..wonder what they can’t fake.. ➡

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  14. angeles wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 1:35 am

    how cum u knw “what nxt” is kambing?? now they cheat their gymnasts age?? gosh… if that’s true, it’s baaaad… *disappointed*

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  15. mog wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Do you mind if I place a link to this entry of yours in my blog? Your post on this issue captured everything I wanted to say, and more. It couldn’t have been more precise.

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  16. bongkersz wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Go ahead mog, my pleasure 😳 Thanks for the trackback!

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  17. mog wrote on Aug 15, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Thanks! It’s done. Feel free to visit my blog at my email address.

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  18. snowman121 wrote on Aug 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    what is the big deal, it was a entertainment show!!!
    If they give credit to every performer, the show will last two years!
    stupid china-bashers, I don’t think any past or future olympics can even come close to the success Beijing had!

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  19. bongkersz wrote on Aug 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    You are missing the point, idiot. People only asked credits to be given when it is due.

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  20. snowman121 wrote on Aug 29, 2008 at 12:52 am

    what is the point? There are almost a 20,000 people took part in creating the show, they are all due for credits and was acknowledged by the directors repeatedly, the two girls included. No one was trying to hide anything and the Chinese talked freely about the switch. For people like you, anything about China is negative, so stop pretending you really care about the girls, you guys just want to demonize China period! A lot of people in the west are really sour about the success of the Beijing games, clearly you are one of them. Jealousy only burn yourself.

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  21. bongkersz wrote on Aug 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Stop trying to be sarcastic, nobody is asking China to give credits to EVERY performer – 20,000 one by one.

    Talk freely about the switch my foot, what’s the media blackout for then if not trying to hide the story? How about the comment by the music director on the reason the poor girl was sidelined?

    Did I not acknowledge the opening ceremony by China is a huge success or you conveniently ignore that part?

    Jealousy? Haha! Just because China hosted the games successfully, it’s not like in future there will be no other country that can do better. Don’t let arrogance get into your head, China fan boy. As I said, the strive for perfection at all cost, to put a fake, plastic face for the world to see how great and beautiful the ‘image’ of China is what Chinese people are proud of, I am not.

    If you are that smart, you would read my post again and understand I was far from bashing China, with countless on issues to pick from rather that the games. Pftt!

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