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celebrity and fame xiang lin paper3 revision

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Xiang Lin Eng-121 Paper3 Charles Spencer Chaplin and William Hung Whether people achieved fame in art, athletics, and politic in history, it was necessary to have at least some modicum of skill. For example, Charles Spencer Chaplin, who is one of the most original creators in the history of the cinema, obtained fame because of his remarkable talent and achievements. However, nowadays, due to the mass media, celebrities become more immediate and instantaneous than ever before (Mic Mell). People can be easily well known, and celebrities are everywhere such as William Hung, who became famous by performing tone-deaf song and clumsy dance in a televised audition for the talent show American Idol. Therefore, the notion of celebrity, as well as the types of people termed “celebrities,” has evolved greatly throughout the ages. The entry level and the function of celebrity are diminishing. William Hung, who was born in Hong Kong in 1983, moved with his family to California when he was eleven years old. Hung was an engineering student in the University of California-Berkely. Hung auditioned in 2003 for American Idol with performing Ricky Martin's "She Bangs". “His performance was greeted with predictable sneers from resident curmudgeon Simon Cowell, motherly support from Paula Abdul, and stifled laughter from Randy Jackson (William Hung, Starpulse).” Being told that he would not pass to the next round, Hung replied, "I already gave my best, and I have no regrets at all." His charm and hyper-positive attitude immediately gave him a cult following and mainstream popularity
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that exceeded most of the winners of American Idol. A William Hung fan site, set up by realtor Don Chin and his wife Laura, recorded over four million hits within its first week (Starpulse). Subsequently, Hung appeared on several television programs and also featured in several national magazines and newspapers (William Hung wikipedia). Furthermore, the remixes of Hung's audition performances topped song request lists at a number of radio stations. An online petition to get Hung back to American Idol included more than 100,000 signatures in one month. At a volleyball game at his alma mater, he received a recording contract from Koch Entertainment. His first album, Inspiration , was released in April of 2004 and broke the Top 40 album sales chart. Six months later, his second album, Hung for the Holidays , was issued to celebrate the holiday. Then, a record of summer anthems called Miracle was released in 2005 (William Hung Wikipedia). All of these have made Hung a celebrity phenomenon
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