The flurry of news articles decrying fake fireworks and lip-syncing at the Beijing Olympics
is replete with sensationalism. The lip-syncing story remained the top story for Yahoo! News all day. After all, it's a slow news day, with Russia winding down its war operation. The popular opinion seems to be of apathy, much like that when it was revealed that Pavarotti lip-synced his last performance
. However, comments are laced with the common stereotypes.
I will not reproduce these comments because I trust your imagination can figure it out. The subtext in those comments and news stories is not only about counterfeit and cheap, knock-off goods, but of deception. Disregarding the fact that these "deceptions" were fully disclosed by the government and producers of the opening ceremony, comments center around China's secrecy and mystique.
How infuriating it is to see a stereotype over a century old continue to thrive. How aggravating it is to see the media continue its spiral into mindless entertainment by forcing this story upon the public. How predictable it is to see the commentary devolve into racial stereotypes. If I ever needed a reminder how powerful the Fourth Estate is, it was delivered today. With that power comes responsibility, and they are failing it.