Whether you watch American Idol or not, most everyone knows who William Hung is. The self-proclaimed Ricky Martin of Hong Kong was booted off American Idol for his pinwheel dancing moves and his off-tune, off-beat renditions of "She Bangs."
After being booted off of AI, William professed his love for music by stating “I want to make music my living!” Today, he has a CD or two out, does public singing appearances (where he is requested), and has even thrown out the first pitch at a Dodger’s baseball game. Sure, it’s just the Dodgers, but isn’t this going a little far?
Most people, even the ones that live under rocks, should be able to realize that William has no talent. As Simon Cowell so eloquently put it, he can’t sing and can’t dance. I don’t know how well he did in engineering school, but something tells me he should have stayed there.
It seems that in many instances, William Hung is not alone. Celebrities with no talent are coming out of the woodwork everywhere. Two that I can think of off the top of my head with a significant lack of talent are Paris Hilton and up and coming wannabe-Britney Spears Diandra Newlin. Now we need to ask ourselves why these people are getting star treatment.
How does Hollywood or stardom in general go from Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, and Cary Grant to… William Hung and Mimi… no, not Rodgers… Carey? Let’s face it Glitter will never be one of those movies we look back on with misty eyes. Likewise, I am more apt to get misty-eyed, as I shoot my radio, when I hear the offbeat, cracked out version of a Queen song done by William Hung.
I always assumed that you needed to give permission to let someone else redo your songs. I don’t know if Queen thought it would be funny to hear a slaughtered version of their song, or if William just forgot to ask, but it was a sad day when I heard "We are the Champions"… and on national television no less.
The problem with people like William Hung is that they allow other people with no talent to get their foot in the door. If you don’t believe me check out Paris’, "Stars are Blind" video (good lyrics by the way…I wonder if she wrote them herself) or Diandra Newlin’s soulful rendition of "Xanadu" or "My heart will go on." The only thing I can say for Paris in this instance is that her song isn’t a remake.
Looking at the title I bet you’re wondering what my point is. Well looking at all these second rate vocal mishaps I have to wonder if the same would be allowed in the writing world. What would happen to us if the William Hungs of the world wrote a book without the beauty of a ghostwriter?
I can just see it now…..
William Hung is my name and writing my game. I was in engineering school but today, I write! I write good for you! The reason for this is simple! I want to make writing my living! It would work out well because after he wrote a simple biography he could begin to rewrite the classics. Moby’s Slick (an adult book obviously), To Kill a Hummingbird, and Gone with her Shin would be just the beginning.
If we kept our eyes closed long enough he could win top literary honors for The Taming of the Brew…a story of an alcoholic (perhaps Mel Gibson’s biography?).
Call me hopeful though, I’m hoping people will wake up and send the non-talented hacks back where they belong… to college to learn a new, non-talent based skill.