Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The inexplicable success of "American Idol" reject William Hung (the CD by the man who can't sing debuted at #34 on the Billboard charts last week) gets an interesting deconstruction in this piece and a spirited followup by the San Francisco Chronicle's Emil Guillermo. Is Hung's appeal linked to racism and the "me-no-speakee English" ethnic stereotype many Americans still have for Asian-Americans? You do have to wonder.
More than that, you have to wonder for the 40,000 people that actually bought copies of that CD.

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