Tuesday, August 23, 2005

News From Turkmenistan

First, they ban lip synching. Will the air guitar be outlawed next? (Actually, that's not a bad idea, and didn't I see this in "Bananas"?)

From AP:
He has outlawed opera and ballet and railed against long hair and gold teeth, but now Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov is determined to wipe out another perceived scourge: lip synching.

Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching performances across the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art," the president's office said Tuesday.