For those not fluent in German, Flughafen München means Munich Airport. And how does that relate to lip-syncing and travel? Well, roughly 200 employees at the airport got together to film an OKgo-esque video, in which they lip-sync to “Come Away With Me” by The Donots. Apparently everyone from baggage handlers to the CEO was involved in some capacity.
Would the pre-flight security process at your airport be less of a drag if you knew something like this was waiting on the other side of the metal detectors?
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Only a few months after China was ripped for having a nine-year-old lip synch a song during the Olympic opening ceremonies, the Ministry of Culture is declaring war on the art of pretending to sing music that is actually being played on the sound system.
A law is in the works, but the ministry said that it wants to seek public opinion before it begins enforcement. The “public opinion” stage is a mere formality. The parliament passes nearly all laws that are sent its way. A draft of the law states: “Performers must not cheat audiences by lip-synching, and concert organizers must not arrange for performers to lip-synch.” Two time offenders will be forced to relinquish their performer’s license for a two year period. First time synchers will merely be smeared by the Ministry of Culture.
Is all this just too ironic? No really. The Olympic lip synching incident was a major loss of face for Beijing. Cracking down is a way to regain some of their respect. Unfortunately, the impending law means that all that awful, awful Mandopop will become even more unbearable because there will be no studio-perfected soundtrack to keep us from hearing a pop star’s real voice.