Liberty Forward Party wants to ban lip and hand syncing performances
On May 13th, Senator Lee Myung Soo from the Forward Liberty Party submitted a Public Performance Act to the Korean government which would ban artists and performers from lip-syncing or hand-syncing during performances or broadcasts. On a personal note, I honestly don’t mind the lip-syncing because it’s quite hilarious when one is caught and made public. Here’s a perfect example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCVGRDSB7EM It makes me laugh every time.
Anyways, if you don’t know what lip-syncing or hand-syncing is, the definition is: acts of mimicry, in which the artist pretends to be singing or playing an instrument.
There are some cases in which lip-syncing and hand-syncing are unavoidable (example please?) and the bill proposed that spectators must be told that such acts would take place before the performance. Any breaches of this law will result in at least $10,000 USD fine or a year in jail.
Senator Lee stated, “In the past, viewers were able to watch a whole variety of different genres for performances including ballad, dance, and trot. These days, it’s only dancing idol groups who are given the main focus. Due to the concentration of this particular genre, singers are trained more in their visuals rather than their singing ability.”
He continued, “For example, at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a cute little girl with physically appealing facial features became a hot topic for singing the opening anthem, but it was later discovered that there was actually another girl of the same age singing for her behind-the-scenes. Ever since this global embarrassment, China has been working on legislating a law for the prohibition of lip-syncing. Even in our country, many people buy expensive tickets to watch artists sing or play live, but artists who lip-sync or hand-sync make spectators lose trust, and also obstructs the development of our music industry. We submitted this bill as a way to solve these kinds of problems.”
The bill has already drawn strongly divided views, as one netizen expressed, “It doesn’t make sense that singers can take thousands of dollars just for lip-syncing at an event,” while another netizen voiced out, “There are times when singers need to perform intense choreography, and it’s the idol dances that are the core of the Hallyu Wave, so trying to prohibit this by law doesn’t make sense.”
I conclude this article by showing you my favorite lip syncing artist of all time…OF ALL TIME.
*now before you start writing hate comments, I just wanted to clarify that I never hated on him in this article. I merely just stated that he’s my favorite lip syncing artist. This is not to say that he lip syncs every time, but there has been times in which he has. But even if you do decide to start a debate or write hate comments….
HATERS GONNA HATE.