Knives out for Indian dancing kid phenom Akshat Singh
Akshat Singh on India's Got Talent. (SCREEN GRAB YOUTUBE.COM)
Move over Honey Boo Boo. The celebrity kid seems to have become a staple in a low-grade diet of reality TV, and it’s hardly a North American phenomenon.
In India, children are now taking over prime time as they sing, dance and pose their way to fame. Enter the newest Internet sensation, eight-year-old Akshat Singh.
If you’re like most people, the sight of a kid unabashedly giving it his all is pretty inspiring. On the other hand, if you’re like most people, there’s probably also a cynical little voice in the back of your mind wondering if the pint-sized performer is being mercilessly driven by ambitious, attention-starved parents.
As a contender for reality show India’s Got Talent, Singh breakdances to popular Hindi songs, astonishing judges and audiences with full splits, back-flips, and mostly age-appropriate posturing that mimics actors from popular Bollywood movies.
The kid’s got game, no doubt about that, but as his popularity surges via the usual channels: Facebook, Twitter, among others, the ugly side of the Internet is already emerging. On You Tube, one entry with more than 500,000 views was titled “Fat Indian Kid Dance.”
On Twitter, Singh has been described as 'demon kid,' 'fat boy' and 'Little Fat Indian Kid' by people who are allegedly his fans. What can be gained by insulting an eight-year-old is anyone’s guess, but the offensive YouTube stream has since been taken down because of copyright issues.
Full of talent and zeal, young Singh could have a great future in Bollywood — if he can weather all the left-handed compliments. Internet fame is a double-edged sword at best. Here’s hoping.
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