You’re beautiful, Yang Peiyi

Posted by Tim Ireland at 13 August 2008

Category: Humanity

This entry was posted on
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
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BBC – China Olympic ceremony star mimed: A pretty girl who won national fame after singing at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was only miming. Wearing a red dress and pigtails, Lin Miaoke charmed a worldwide audience with a rendition of “Ode to the Motherland”. But the singer was Yang Peiyi, who was not allowed to appear because she is not as “flawless” as nine-year-old Lin.

Telegraph – Beijing Olympics: Faking scandal over girl who ‘sang’ in opening ceremony: At the last moment a member of the Chinese politburo who was watching a rehearsal pronounced that the winner, a girl called Yang Peiyi, might have a perfect voice but was unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth.

Dear Yang Peiyi,

One day, one hopes, you may enjoy enough freedom to read the following:

1. You are beautiful.

2. This is ugly:

New York Times – In Grand Olympic Show, Some Sleight of Voice: By Tuesday, the Chinese news media had already pounced on the story, instigating a national conversation that government censors were trying to mute by stripping away many, but not all, of the public comments posted online.


Tim Ireland


  1. beaubodor says
  2. Manic says

    Heh. How can China hope to keep up with Hollywood?BTW, now we know why Iain Dale was so taken with the opening ceremony… it contained an adorable sock-puppet!

  3. jailhouselawyer says

    I noticed Iain Dale's praise for the opening ceremony, which I didn't watch, and thought about that when it first emerged that some of the firework display was actually pre-recorded and there was computer enhanced fakery.Had Yang Peiyi instead been a swimmer or other medal winning athlete, I don't suppose looks would have mattered as it would have been her ability which is judged. By the same token, it should have just been her singing voice which mattered. I don't think slightly crooked teeth spoil her looks. Given a choice of a voice like an angel and crooked teeth, or straight teeth and fuck all else it has to be the former.

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