Lin Yu Chun, the young Taiwanese man who sings like Whitney Houston, dances like Michael Jackson, and dresses like Ellen Degeneres, has inked a record deal with Sony. The 24-year-old who achieved Internet fame after appearing on the Taiwanese version of “American Idol” will release an album of Chinese and English songs in July.
He told the AP recently that the show gave him “more confidence” to pursue a music career, in spite of his unconventional appearance. “You don’t have to be a good-looking man or woman to succeed,” he said. “Just be yourself and try your best.”
Lin has said he suffered from a lack of self-confidence because of his weight. “Being fat draws a lot of mockery in our society,” he said.
To cope with the pain caused by jokes from peers, he locked himself in his room and sang along to songs by Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. But it was Houston’s signature track, from the soundtrack to the 1992 film ‘The Bodyguard,’ that gave him the confidence to keep trekking on.
Um, I hope no one’s following Lin’s example. The point of making fun of fat people is to shame them into losing weight. You’re not supposed to lock yourself in your room and sing show tunes to feel better, you’re supposed to go to the gym and eat healthier. But hey, I guess if fatties are locked in their rooms, at least they’re out of sight.