Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dammit, Dammit To Hell


Beauty is a curse. But enough about me...

I recently read that the delightful young girl who performed in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics was not the same one who sang. Apparently, the singer was considered not attractive enough. Now, we're talking about a seven year old girl. According to the person responsible, and this quote is from CNN: "The reason was for the national interest," said Chen Qigang, the ceremony's musical director, in a state radio interview. "The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression. ... Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects." And apparently this was a decision which also involved party leaders. It would be like having John McCain or Barack Obama drinking aperitifs and passing on whether or not a kid hit the cuteness meter hard enough.

Now I know kid stars are rejected all the time. I know Hollywood makes these choices. But imagine the affect it has on the psyche. As a writer who is rejected on a regular basis (far too regular, if you ask me...and you aren't ,so screw you, you insensitive bastard) I understand the how it can eventually beat you down. But the effect on a seven-year-old girl must be devastating. Especially when you do the singing and the cute kid gets all the credit.

So here's to the rest of us. To the Imperfect. To the Near-Sighted, Flat-Footed, Over-Weight, Poor-Complected. Here's to the EveryMan, EveryWoman, EveryChild. EveryPet. And don't you worry, little Lin Yang, some day Miaoke will be sweating it over a sink of hot water, her face swollen from hormones and too many bon bons...and you? You'll have emerged like a butterfly to take your rightful place in the world. So THERE!!!! Um...no...um...actually, you'll still be unwashed and unloved and lost in a sea of undeserved mediocrity. Miaoke will still be beautiful. And rich. And they'll probably build statues to her where we'll pause and whisper: "Well, at least she's no Lin Yang". Dammit. Dammit to hell.

12 comments:

SQT said...

I just saw this on TV and I don't know what to say. We live in a world of screwed-up values where beauty always seems to trump everything else, but man, this is cold.

Vwriter said...

Yes, but we'll all still love you, Stewart. Really. Unless someone else comes along.

spyscribbler said...

What the heck? For crying out loud. All kids are pretty much cute. Geeze.

Travis said...

It's all about the image I guess.

L.A. Mitchell said...

China is trying so hard to put perfection out to the world. Sadly, what's a CNN blurb today, forgotten tomorrow, will write on the tablet of who these girls are.

Shauna Roberts said...

I felt sick to my stomach when I read about this in the morning paper. How horrible for that little girl! Both little girls, actually. The one who lip synched learned that she was valued only for the temporary cuteness of her face.

Lana Gramlich said...

...but no pressure, eh? *snort* What a world...
Blessed are the imperfect, I say!

Zoe Winters said...

What's most unfortunate about this is...this little girl will grow up believing she's not physically attractive. And the truth is, she's actually very cute. Her primary issue is teeth related and those are baby teeth.

If she takes care of herself, she's not going to be unattractive.

Meanwhile I think the "pretty girl" is kind of creepy looking. Not everybody finds this level of creepy perfection, attractive.

Stewart Sternberg said...

SQT, it is cold. And as Spy put it forward...All kids are pretty much cute. Of course, ugly is something to talk about, but not now. Rick, it's good to know I'm still loved.

Trav, it is about image. And it's also about who controls that image. I read a great article recently about how art is commodified, art and beauty.

l.a. good point. When this is all over, the girls will still have to deal with any of the affects.

Shauna I never thought of it from the "cute" girl's perspective. It seems better for her, because she isn't hidden. However, to be told that you are only as valuable as your immediate appearance. That seems cold. And before we fry the Chinese, I think it happens everywhere where marketing is allowed to dominate the process.

Lana, blessed are the imperfect. And the cheese makers, although I do think one could make that argument for all manufacturers of dairy goods.

Zoe, I love her exactly as she is. I'm with Scribbler, all kids are cute...it's their self defense mechanism that saves them from getting killed for their stupidity.

Zoe Winters said...

hahahaha OMFG mothers hide your children from Stewart, he will murder the ugly ones. hahahaha

Stewart Sternberg said...

zoe, to quote Norman Bates "I couldn't hurt a fly"

Zoe Winters said...

hahaha

Update to warning:

If your children are flies, they are safe from Stewart.

Go team!