The Wonder Girls, South Korea's pop sensation now active in the United States, made a successful appearance on a U.S. TV talk show on Monday with hit song ``Nobody.''
The five-member girl band sang the song in English on the daytime Wendy Williams Show in New York and drew a standing ovation. The members enthralled the spectators by wearing the same clothes as in South Korea. The producers also created a stage similar to that from the music video of the song.
The talk show Web site was plastered with postings invariably praising the Wonder Girls' performance. One of the postings said, `` I love the Wonder Girls! Thanks Wendy for having them on your show. I love you and the Wonder Girls. I love watching your show and I also hope everyone will support the Wonder Girls debut in America.''
Well, another posting said
Can you say Milli Vanilli y’all? Although those ‘chu’s are pretty convincing.
And another said
I think most of the comments here are left by their Korean fans who follow them everywhere they go. They only watch today’s show because they were appearing on it. I don’t think they can sing. They are pretty and the song is addicting…but that is about it.
My current column at the Joongang Ilbo notwithstanding, I think newspapers here tend to give too much weight to internet comments. Does what some 14-year-old says on YouTube often warrant repeating in a paper? Or what some 40-year-old takes fifteen seconds to type?
Anyway, the Wonder Girls should be given credit for doing what all the other overhyped Korean Wave, um, stars couldn't, and that's make a splash on American shores. (See what I did there?) But what's funny isn't just that Wendy Williams is a nobody to anyone who doesn't follow hip-hop, but that she's, well, not exactly wholesome entertainment, basically a shock jock who peddles in celebrity gossip. Wikipedia says:
A portion of Lil' Kim's track, "Shut Up Bitch" on her album The Naked Truth says:
"Don't come around here with that Wendy Williams shit/get your facts straight or shut up bitch!"
In an incident on her Hot 97 show in 1995, Wendy notoriously aired rumors that Tupac Shakur was raped in prison. Shakur was furious over the rumor, which New Jersey underground rapper Chino XL referenced in a song, "Riot". Shakur later addressed Wendy Williams on the song "Why U Wanna Turn On Me?", which remained unreleased until his death in 1996. In the song, Shakur insults Williams mainly in the last verse and the outro, stating that he prays she "chokes on the next dick down [her] throat" and refers to her as a "fat troll," and threatening a $20,000 Jenny Craig hit on her.
I don't think those'll be turning up in the reviews. She is mildly entertaining as a radio personality, and has of course been successful though I wonder how much edginess will carried over onto her TV show, which debuted on the 13th.