May 24, 2007

Sanjaya Sullying the Good Name of RISD...

Carroll Andrew Morse

....or is this something Rhode Island School of Design Students would be proud to be associated with, if it were true?

Apparently, there’s no truth to the rumor that American Idol’s Sanjaya was an performance art project created by a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. From KDVR-TV (FOX 31 in Colorado)….

The website, has obtained video that shows America Idol's Sanjaya Malakar explaining that his real name is Bill Vendall, a 25 year-old graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Sanjaya Malakar/Bill Vendall says he assumed the role of Sanjaya Malakar as part of a "human art project." He goes on to say that people "haven't seen the last of him," and even hints at possibly running for President of the U.S. someday....

At least where Sanjaya is involved, I’m extending my New Year’s Resolution about not posting on the Presidential Election to the year 4000.
....So is Sanjaya's claim on the video true?

Apparently, no.

After Wednesday's American Idol finale in which Jordin Sparks was crowned this year's winner, Sanjaya said of the video "That was just fun, I was just having fun. And I guess people believed me.”

Further debunking comes from a chat session hosted by the Philadelphia Inquirier
Just heard from Jaime Marland, a spokeswoman at the Rhode Island School of Design, and she tells me that there is no student named Bill Vendell.
The question is, is claiming that something is performance art when it isn’t in itself an advanced form of performance art?

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RISD should be proud of Seth MacFarlane creator of Family Guy.

Posted by: george at May 25, 2007 1:20 PM
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