The photo over there on the left is probably the funniest picture that we’ve seen all week, and as such we felt compelled to share it with you, the gentle Examiner readers of the world. Following the unlikely overnight popularity of the “Golden-Voiced Hobo” a few weeks ago, we’re wondering if the gentleman over there on the left might be the next “Hobo Idol”. Read on for the photo and our commentary, my precious snowflakes…
First of all, you’re going to need to click on the “Slideshow” button to see the full photo that we’re talking about, so go ahead and do that now. After you’ve seen the photo, you can return here for our thoughts on the picture. Well, what are you waiting for? Get clicking, folks. I’ll wait here.
Didja see it? Pretty funny, right? The picture on the left arrives in the wake of the “Golden-Voiced Hobo” saga that played out in the media a few weeks ago. You may recall that homeless gentleman Ted Williams was plucked from obscurity on the side of a road in Ohio to be the new voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers. A viral video featuring Williams showing off his radio-style voice had spread to every corner of the internet, and it was only a matter of hours before the Cav’s offered him some work. It was a feel-good story.
Then it was a non-feel-good story, as Williams ended up A) drunk in public (despite claiming two years’ sobriety in his viral video), B) fighting with his daughter in public (see A), C) arrested for being drunk and fighting with his daughter in public, D) going on Dr. Phil’s show, and E) ending up in rehab after appearing on Dr. Phil’s show after being arrested for fighting with his daughter while drunk in public. This all happened in a matter of days, a whirlwind tale of FAIL that soured the “feel-good” sensation that most felt upon hearing Williams’ tale in the first place.
Now we’ve got this guy, with the time-traveling Jonas Bros. sign. Might he turn into an internet celebrity? Might this also raise questions about whether or not a reality TV show built around homeless people with hidden talents could be created? Imagine an “American Hobo” competition, where homeless people perform– whatever talent it is that they’re “known” for– for the chance to win, say, a house. Or some money. Or some soup. Whatever it is that hoboes would most like to compete for. I think this is a million dollar idea, and when some Hollywood type dreams it up and puts it on FOX, I fully intend to sue. This one’s mine, Hollywood.
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