The Chinese are afraid

OK, what does it say about China that some bureaucrat thinks televising a 7-year-old whose voice is perfect, even if her teeth aren’t quite, might be more damaging to China’s image than being caught throwing her off camera and having a “cuter” child lip-sync? Have they never heard of Milli-Vanilli?

Given China’s one-child policy and a history of female infanticide, this little whiff of wistfulness for either a eugenics program or increased mandatory sub-teen cosmetic dentistry is no surprise. Either might have saved some Mao-mandarin from having to make the decision.

From each – this little girl, according to her ability; to each – this faceless bureaucrat, according to his neediness.

Totalitarianism and fear. That’s what it says.