My opera singing, voice-over specializing bud in the states, who has a set of pipes you can hear through email, sent me an article on the boring-down of the next Supergirls competition in China. Crying, “unhealthy songs, non-mainstream dress, potty words, Simonesque judges who humiliate contestants and “wild hair” are a few of the things to get banned Tears, wild hair, “low taste,” and unhealthy songs are banned when China’s latest version of “American Idol” goes on the air next month. In the words of my friend: “So, where’s the fun in that?” In related news: Beijing, actively fretting over their Olympic image, announced that its goal to wipe out Chinglish in time for the Olympics might have been a bit wistful. And nothing shows that better than the name of one of the aforementioned show. It will be
called, “Happy Boys Voice.”


This name was infinietly preferable to the earlier and obviously much too Chinglish name, “Boys Happy Voice.” And during this sequel to ‘Super Girls Voice,” the show that drew 400 million viewers, regulators want only “healthy and ethically inspiring” songs and say the contestants should “avoid scenes of screaming fans or losing
contestants in tears.” There will no overnight fame for enraptured fans here.

American Idol Crying Girl

So, back to Beijing: “You can’t talk in absolutes,” says Liu Yang, deputy head of the Chinglish police. “We’ll work as hard as possible to extinguish the problem and get more city residents involved,” he added. “Of course, it will still happen occasionally, but I think we can ensure that once mistakes are found, they are rectified.” And they did a good job rectifying this one: Beijing’s “Hospital for Anus and Intestine Disease”, once lit up in garish neon lights in the central business district, is now the “Hospital for Proctology”. Again, where’s the fun in that? How boring is restaruant food going to be of you can no longer order “Stupid meat,” It is small to fry the chicken miscellaneous” or “mixed elbow with garlic mud”, huh? The number two Chinglish Dick is still unsure as to what country wil be used as a standard for the upcoming changes: “Every country is different when it comes to English signs, like the US and Britain having varying standards,” he said. I am not sure America will hold the linguistic high ground here:


“It’s hard to say that a certain country is the only one worth relying on or considering” says word cop Liu.

by Lonnie Hodge @ OMBW 

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