One of politicians commented on the fact that her songs were all about aspirations, dreams and the power of love. So he suggested that she speak a bit on China in relationship to the world, and how the country figures in context of aspirations and power. The message couldn’t be any clearer! “The whole world knows that China is the world’s upcoming super-power!” is what I expected Celine’s lovely soprano voice to announce. Instead she looked like she had unexpectedly encountered a mugger in a dark, and lonely alley. She kept repeating that she didn’t understand what they wanted her to say. I thought – Clever ploy Ms. Dion, but how much time are you going to buy with this?
Then in a desperate voice she repeated over and over, “We all can follow our dreams. To reach our goals we must be true to ourselves. We must listen to our conscience.” (An indirect hint at China’s anti-democracy, human rights record?) I thought good for her!
I can think of a million entertainers who while touring foreign countries, will bend over backwards to fan the host nation’s ego, saying everything they know their hosts want to hear. They are all billionaires, but a little insincerity costs them nothing, and probably earns them a million more fans and dollars in the country they are visiting. Celine got the permit of her China tour turned down (even after the tickets were sold!). Seems the Chinese think there is a conspiracy among western female singers to rouse anti-communist sentiments in China. Now I know Madonna did one such song, and maybe Gwen Stefani? But which one of Celine’s songs is anti-communist?
How many of us do the same, in our day to day lives, saying things we don’t mean, forcing our tongues and our smiles against the voices of our souls, just so we can get that pathetic little advantage?