May 31, 2006

Benji's Back!

About a month ago I posted a link to a Chinese music video starring a bonafide BYU Young Ambassador. Benji, as he calls himself, has now finished up his degree and is moving to China to launch his career as a "American Chinese pop Supa-star"! Yippee!

Benji's music video can be described in one word: CHEESE. It reeks of cheesiness: silly hip-hop dance movies, backdrops of Provo, and an Asian love interest. I giggled non-stop when I first watched it, thinking "Are you serious?" But indeed, Benji is very serious. And after I checked out his MySpace profile, over 1000 people find him to be very serious, too. I really think he's going to make it big in China. Benji is even negotiating with CCTV (Chinese Central Televsion) about hosting a show in China and he also received interest from MTV China to air his music video.

Hold the phone. (Haha. When's the last time you used that phrase?) I need to contact the Chinese people, stat. I need to bring to their attention a little something I call taste. I need to warn them about the Benji invasion. Run away, my cousins! Turn off your Communist-sponsored radios and television sets! Run away before Benji makes you turn into a squealing puddle of goo!

But my cries will fall on deaf ears because Chinese people eat this stuff up. They love cheesiness and they love Americans who embody cheese. Why? I don't know, but I do know my parents love to sing really loudly to strange Chinese karoake. Even my own family loves cheese.

It frightens me to no end that I could have been a screaming Benji fan if my grandparents had stayed in China rather than flee from the Communists. What would my life be like if I had grown up in Shanghai?

Would I look like this?

And make vertical peace signs when I pose for pictures?

And take pictures of myself with my web cam like this?


Would I have a neo-mullet and dye my hair red? Would I giggle incessantly and cover my mouth with my delicate hand? Would I wear shirts that read "Super Gas" across my chest? (True story, I saw a girl with a shirt like this in Beijing.) Would I have a Hello Kitty keychain and own an exhorbitant amount of stickers?

BLARGH! I'm getting the heebie-jeebies. Excuse me while I rock back and forth, chanting "I don't like Pokemon, I don't like Mao, and I don't like neo-mullets."

9 comments:

  1. Oh Caroline I can't stop laughing. Hilarious. All I can say is that I am glad you are who you are, and not one of those girls with too trendy hair that will eat up the Benji Cheese.

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  2. don't you mean "horizontal" peace signs?

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  3. I kind of feel bad now that I've shaped my own hair into a neo-mullet...I guess I'll just go back to the flat top...

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  4. you're blog is WAY cooler than mine! but you have to drop the whitney houston fetish. if she has a rebound in her career, you're the first person i'm coming after.

    justin

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  5. No way! Is your hair really a neo-mullet? You need to take a picture and send it to me! It's amazing all the different versions of the mullet... Eastern Europeans and Asians seem to love it. (And guys who attended Utah State?)

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  6. Like you, I can't understand why this cheese sells. But it will sell. Maybe there's something exciting about international romance, I don't know. All I know is that the Chinese need to get more discriminating when it comes to language skills.

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  7. Anonymous5:10 AM

    Hi Caroline,

    This is Benji...haha. I better you never thought I'd read your blog about me, but I found it quite entertaining. I'm flattered that you'd find my career of great enough importance to grace your blog site. (I was actually led to your blog by a link when I googled my name...haha...showing the apparant vast popularity of your blogs.)

    Congratulations on ten years in the Church by the way. I wish you the best at BYU. Maybe I'll see you in China some day at one of my concerts:)

    Yours truly,
    Benji

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  8. Dear Benji,

    Well, all I can say is that I am thoroughly blushing! I apologize for any offense... But I do wish you the best in China! I know the next time I venture over there, I hope to see your face on some billboards!

    I'm actually really embarassed! Haha. And I have an urge to delete this entire entry, but I will leave it up as a testament to the powers of blogging...

    Ashamed,
    Caroline

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  9. Anonymous2:51 AM

    Hey Caroline,

    This is Benji again. I'm so glad you didn't delete your profile, because it seriously makes me laugh so hard everytime I read it and I have been having way to much fun showing my family and friends.

    I am totally cool with you having your own opinion about my music. Pop is not for everyone, but it is definitely something that I love and I am passionate about my career. I'm also happy that you can at least admit that you think I will be successful even if it makes you nauseous:)

    Keep looking for updates at www.myspace.com/benjionline or maybe you'd be less disgusted by my American ENGLISH singing Pop Star little brother PJ at www.myspace.com/pjsinger I hope you enjoy:)

    Benji

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