Twice today I'm seeing a very problematic issue with the olympics and appearance.
First there is the story of Yang Peiyi. She is the perfectly adorable child whose voice was hear during the opening ceremony. She, however did not appear on camera as the officials felt that she did not fit the image that they wanted to portray. Wow, what a Message for a small girl to have to shoulder.
Secondly, there was a "feature" piece on the Olympic Hostesses for the Games. Apparently they had a required height, weight etc. It is a bit eerie how alike all the girls look.
Now, I really have not paid any attention to the hostesses, beyond the opening ceremonies when they stood with water bottles in holsters and cheering like Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders on the sidelines.
China defends all these descisions stating that putting forth a certain image is important for the Nation.
My personal opinion is that this is really rather reprehensible.
Yang Peiyi is adorable. She has talent. Sure her teeth aren't perfect, but she is SIX years old. To me she is really representative of high achievement and talent that is in China. She was chosen for her very beautiful voice and her ability to harness it. the other girl was cute, but just a pretty face.
So the image put forth by China to me is that they still do not value people as individuals. People are valued for conforming to a preset notion, rather than for thoughts, feelings or acheievements. So, while I will enjoy the games, I'm not thrilled with China. NBC has been touting the progress made by China. Clearly they have a far way to go.
Personally for Medal presenters at the Olympics, I think Special Olympians would be the best presenters.