Get 'em while they're young.
I know this story is all over the interwebs, but I can’t just let it pass. The 9-year-old seen singing at the Beijing Opening Ceremonies was revealed to have been lip-synching, because the 7-year-old with the actual great voice wasn’t considered cute enough. And the Chinese officials are claiming this is in the best interest of the country.
Because making a mini-celebrity of one girl because she’s pretty, and robbing a talented 7-year-old of proper credit because she’s not as pretty is in anyone’s best interest how exactly? And also, since when is any 7-year-old not cute, by sheer dint of being seven? If you click the link, it’s not like she’s got a cleft palate or something.
Thanks, China. Now girls around the world know they have little value if they’re not adequately decorative.