Bad singer William Hung returned to American Idol for its finale last night, and like everything the "She Bangs" singer has done since his disastrous, viral first audition for the reality show, it was kind of uncomfortable. His whole thing still maintains that weird condescending vibe, down to Ryan Seacrest condescendingly joining Hung in dancing. Are we laughing with him or laughing at him? It still is not clear!
By the way, in case you forgot who Hung is, here are the saddest introductory paragraphs on Wikipedia:
William James Hung (born January 13, 1983), also known as Hung Hing Cheong, is a Hong Kong-born American former singer who gained fame in early 2004 as a result of his off-key audition performance of Ricky Martin's hit song "She Bangs" on the third season of the television series American Idol.
At the time of his audition, Hung was a civil engineering student at UC Berkeley. After his spirited audition to be the next American Idol, he inadvertently won the support of many fans. Hung voluntarily left university to pursue a music career. His recording career was marked by constant negative critical reaction, and his fame became the subject of much controversy as both he and his fans were accused of promoting and endorsing racial stereotypes against Asians, as he was perceived to lack musical talent and be celebrated only for embodying these stereotypes. In spite of the criticism and the implications of his success, he only showed signs of thoroughly enjoying his celebrity, believing he was living his dream.
"He only showed signs of thoroughly enjoying his celebrity, believing he was living his dream." And you thought Inside Out destroyed you emotionally.