Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The World is Safe from Lip-synching

...or some of it.

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching across the country, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art."

"Unfortunately, one can see on television old voiceless singers lip-synching their old songs," Niyazov told a Cabinet meeting. "Don't kill talents by using lip synching... Create our new culture."

Niyazov banned opera and ballet in 2001, claiming it did not conform to the national mentality. We can only wonder if karaoke will be next.

[Well that's something I think we can all get behind -Ed]

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