The Daily Outrage: Aug. 14, 2008

Wag the World: What you see is not what you hear

WHO: Chinese Olympic officials

WHAT: In a last-minute move, the 7-year-old girl slated to sing “Ode to the Motherland” at the Olympic opening ceremony was switched with a 9-year-old girl. The new girl then lip-synched over the voice of the original singer.

WHY THEY DID IT: Intent on making every detail of the ceremony perfect, a top-ranking Chinese official said the original girl was not good-looking enough and demanded the change.

WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA: The truth, revealed by the event’s music director, spoiled the beauty of the otherwise spectacular ceremony.

WHERE TO VENT: The switch has become a hot topic among Chinese citizens and raced across the country’s blogosphere.

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