Filipinos and the scourge known as karaoke

NEW YORK — Honestly, I’ve never wondered what it would be like to hear a family member sing a duet of a classic song with Will Ferrell. But now, I know. The above video features Ferrell and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao singing Imagine. But if I close my eyes and just listen, it might as well be one of my uncles joining Ferrell.

I’m not exactly sure what to think of this, except that it once again reaffirms a lesson I learned growing up. Filipinos love their karaoke the way Irish love their booze. And with both, sometimes the results aren’t pretty.

Anyway, the video reminded me of a story I saw in The New York Times awhile back. The headline? Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord. It’s worth a read.

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