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Published:January 24th, 2010 15:03 EST
China Fines Two Singers For Lip-Synching

China Fines Two Singers For Lip-Synching

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Two Chinese pop stars have become the first victims of a ban on the use of lip-syncing in concerts introduced last year following controversy over the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

Starlets Yin Youcan and Fang Ziyuan resorted to miming during a concert they gave in September in the southwest province of Sichuan, the Beijing News reported Saturday.

The ministry for culture in August issued a regulation allowing for fines for singers who lip-synced, saying the practice `misled the public.`"


China is a dictatorship and the huge Chinese bureaucracy can micromanage every aspect of an entertainer`s career. There is no "Ministry for Culture" in the United States that can order a singer not to lip-synch.

The Chinese government claims that lip-synching is "misleading to the public". That`s not the case in America, everybody knows that pop tarts like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson lip-synch at all their concerts. Fans don`t go to a Britney Spears concert to witness her amazing vocal prowess, they flock to see her perform live hoping to witness a mental breakdown or a wardrobe malfunction.

Britney Spears sounds OK on record thanks to record producers and sound engineers who can work miracles. Who the heck wants to pay good money to hear Britney Spears raw in concert? Thank the Lord that Britney lip-synchs, she`s doing her fans a favor.

If Barbra Streisand lip-synchs that would be a sign of the end times, but it`s no big deal if today`s pop stars cheat a little bit.

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