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MissAnnThrope Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:40 AM
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What Is The Appeal Of William Hung?
Will someone PLEASE explain it to me? I'm sitting here with the TV on and it seems like he's in every other commercial. How did this loser become a celebrity? He has nothing to recommend him. He's annoying as hell. Who actually finds him entertaining?

I just don't get it.
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slutticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:44 AM
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1. He sucks but he doesn't know it.
That's the appeal. People are laughing at him, but he's oblivious.
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Fed Up Donating Member (443 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:50 AM
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2. He auditioned for American Idol, but got laughed out by the judges.
Right after they rejected him, he said in his Chinese accent "No matter what I do in life, I try my very best, I always try my very best." That some way struck a chord with the public, and all of a sudden he's showing up on other shows. Weird.

He's at his 14th minute, 58 seconds.
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MissAnnThrope Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:29 AM
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5. I know all that,
But I would think his 15 minutes would be long over. I lived through Tiny Tim and Hurricane Smith. He makes me miss them. At least they could sort of sing.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:54 AM
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13. That comment doesn't make him a loser.
A loser is somebody who gives up, sticks a loaded gun up their mouth, and pulls the trigger.

I don't know what William Hung was thinking of when trying out for the auditions, but he tried and got far more than he expected.

His time is at an end though. If Brittney Spears is declining (thank God and Velveeta), W Hung is next.

Hmmm, I should look at my phone book: "Hung, Willie".
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krystine Donating Member (223 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:58 AM
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3. Hung
This is beyond me. I am still trying to figure out why people like American Idol, though I do understand their upset with Bush for pre-empting the program with a press conference. Though the question of whether Bush had made any mistakes on 9/11 was worth the conference.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:14 AM
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4. Welcome to DU, krystine!
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MissAnnThrope Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:32 AM
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6. Welcome to DU!
And I agree. My roommate made me sit through one episode of that and after that, I informed her she had a TV in her room, she could watch in there from then on. I don't get the appeal. I don't get people who are so willing to humiliate themselves for a few minutes of fame.

American Idol, Bush press conference..... American Idol, Bush press conference..... Gee, I think I'd rather watch mold grow under the refrigerator.
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DulceDecorum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:55 AM
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8. Aw come on
Just about ANYTHING is better than Bush.

Hung would NEVER have gotten the US into the mess it is in now
had he, Hung, been elected (or selected) as pResident.

And Hung REALLY does try -- hard
which is far more than we say about certain other persons.

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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:32 AM
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7. He's the latest version of "Mrs Miller."
No talent whatsoever, sounds awful, it's fun to laugh at.

(Mrs Miller was this elderly lady who sang 60's tunes in her off-key semi-operatic style.)
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:02 AM
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11. Exactly - Mrs. Miller was hilarious
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 06:03 AM by aint_no_life_nowhere
http://www.mrsmillersworld.com/whois_bin/WhoIs.html
"...In April 1966, under the roar of Vietnam and a raging counter-culture, emerged a singer like no other. Off-pitch and off-tempo, a 59 year-old grandmother would perform rock standards such as "Hard Days Night", "Downtown", and "These Boots and Made for Walking" in a bizarre operatic style. Often considered the worst pop star of all time, she rode the line between farce and reality, as the reputable Capitol Records promoted the so-called "new sound" without cracking a smile. Her name was Elva Connes Miller, but on stage she was known simply as Mrs. Miller.

Within a period of 18 months, Mrs. Miller attained unbelievable fame. Her debut album "Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits" sold 250,000 copies within 3 weeks. She made appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Ed Sullivan, Art Linkletter's House Party, Laugh-In, the Hollywood Palace with Jimmy Durante, and the feature film "The Cool Ones" with Roddy MacDowell. Her Petula Clark cover "Downtown" even broke onto the Billboard singles chart. She went on to release two more albums for Capitol, including the country themed "The Country Soul of Mrs. Miller." She even donned a muumuu and army boots to perform for the troops in Vietnam with Bob Hope.

(EDIT)

The eventual question was always- "Is Mrs. Miller in on the joke?" After all, this was a joke wasn't it? The answer was illusive, intangible in an Andy Kaufman sort of way. Elva later revealed, "I don't sing off-key and I don�t sing off-rhythm. They got me to do so by waiting until I was tired and then making the record. Or they would cut the record before I could become familiar with the songs. At first I didn't understand what was going on. But later I did, and I resented it." Capitol told her that it was an "experiment" and Elva played innocent. Eventually she began to truly embrace the "so bad, its good" gag. A remarkable aspect of Mrs. Miller's music, was her famous "ice-whistling" technique. She would hold a piece of ice in her mouth for 20 minutes before performing, in order to achieve a "good tight pucker" for her legendary whistle solos..."
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:55 AM
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9. i have no formal training!
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leftistagitator Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:28 AM
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10. Cruelty.
Same reason we used to pay 2-bits to see the bearded lady, the hunchbacked boy, and the human walrus at freak shows. He makes us feel better that we are not him. I just feel embarrassed and sad looking at him do his pathetic routine.
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MissAnnThrope Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:50 PM
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15. Thank you!
I get embarrassed watching him too. I don't feel better that I'm not him, but part of me kind of pities him on some level. That anyone could be so hungry for fame that they have to make a complete ass of himself in public.

I know when his 15 minutes are up, he's not going to understand what happened.
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onebigbadwulf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:17 AM
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12. C'mon it's obvious....
His last name says it all.

Hung like a horse.
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:11 AM
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14. I don't really know what is his appeal, but
i love to watch him!
:D
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Doomsayer13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 04:05 PM
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16. It's not tough
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 04:05 PM by Doomsayer13
Nerdy Asian guy who can't sing... someone like me, only thing is that I'm taller and he's laughing all the way to the bank.
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