Glee Spreads to Japan
Friday, February 05, 2010 - 09:57 AM
Fans of the Fox series "Glee" are known for their passion and enthusiasm. Some "gleeks" are so dedicated to the show and its elaborately staged musical numbers that they perform their own versions of songs from the show and post them on YouTube. Now perhaps the unlikeliest of performers has joined their ranks.
Retired sumo wrestler Akebono has lent his talents to two recent Japanese commercials promoting "Glee" on Fox Japan, where it premiers this Sunday, February 7. The sumo champion (born in America as Chad Rowan) became a celebrity in the 1990s when he rose to the ultimate rank of yokozuna. And judging by the lithe movements he displays as he belts out Journey’s "Don't Stop Believing," he's still plenty light on his feet...
One American export to Japan introduces another -- and Fox Japan must be hoping that "Glee" is as successful in living rooms as Akebono was in the arena...
Bullies everywhere, beware.
- Michael Guerriero