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Name: Lucia Micarelli
Hails from: NYC
Ethnicity: Korean and Italian
Occupation: Classically-trained violinist and cast member of HBO’s Treme
The Wire‘s David Simon has a new show debuting in April. It’s set in post-Katrina New Orleans and follows the lives of a group of musicians and other locals. The lovely Lucia Micarelli, who’s toured with Every-Hardass-Asian-Mom’s-Musical-Crush Josh Groban, will play “Annie,” a street musician (see below).
Filed under: Classical Musicians, Classical Training, Hardass Asian Parents' Wet Dreams, HBO, HBO Treme, Hot Asian Ladies, Josh Groban, Lucia Micarelli, Mixed People, New Orleans, NOLA, The Wire, Violinists
Fact: Asians love Josh Groban.
It all goes back to Groban’s version of “You Raise Me Up.” “YRMU” is a siren song to our people–vaguely religious, anthemic, treacly, referencing nature–”mountains” and “stormy seas”–and perfect for karaoke (and by “perfect” I mean perfect for butchering, given some of its tricky high notes).
A Japanese version of it was the theme song to a 2007 anime series called Romeo x Juliet.
Filipina teen singing phenom and Oprah-favorite Charice Pempengco recorded it for her second album, My Inspiration, which was released in May of this year.
Shoot, even my parents sang it with their Chinese choir a few years ago (um, speaking of butchering).
So, I’m not saying Katy Perry, who’s been linked with Josh Groban, is Asian or anything…
But I think it’s really really weird that she stole my mama’s tattoo.
What the hai is goin’ on in Thailand? Thousands of protesters have taken to the street, calling for the resignasian of poncho-wearing Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. They’ve also taken over the main Bangkok airport and shut it down. General Anupong Paochinda, head of the Army, has asked Somchai to resign and dissolve his parliament, and rumors abound of a possible coup (the last coup, a bloodless one, happened here in 2006).
Meanwhile, two explosions went off in the airport Tuesday, injuring 4 people, and, on Wednesday in Chiang Mai, a Reuters journalist reported seeing protesters in yellow shirts (a tradition) pull a 60 year-old man from his car, shoot and kill him.
After reading these scary tales of upheaval and violence, I was taken aback when I saw this picture in the NY Times of those yellow-shirted protesters who had made, in the Times‘ words, the “seizure of the airport”:
Um, okay…really? Cuz all these protesters kinda look like our Moms, with their sun hats and their kerchiefs and their sporty sunglasses and that orange hair. They don’t look like they’re about to overthrow the government, they look like they’re about to go on a power-walk in their subdivisions. Or like they’re at some badminton tournament where they’ve brought their own noisemakers–those adorable clackers shaped like a hand–which also, I suspect, double as flyswatters. And look at the woman in front, on the right, flashing a peace sign! Or the lady in green swaying behind her, who looks like my Mom at a Josh Groban concert during “You Raise Me Up,” totally about to lose her shit.
Which leads me back to my original question: WHAT THE HAI IS GOIN’ ON IN THAILAND?!
See my title? Not too funny.
See this video? Not funny either.
Groban, you aren’t cool enough to do spoofs. You’re a boring baritone. You’re a generic twenty something. Moreover, you’re a douche. Look at your hair. That’s the hair of a douche. Look at your jacket. Douche!
Anyway, why are you all up in the Pandas’ grill, yo? Ling Ling doesn’t think you’re hilarious, and neither do I.