As unfortunate as it is, CringeTok has quite clearly become the favorite source of entertainment for Nepali netizens. You’ll find the connoisseurs of cringe TikToks in every part of the country, from the urban centers to the remote reaches. But as much as we love to hate them, we can never imagine one of these cherished TikTok mistalents getting arrested for showcasing their anti-art.
In Bangladesh, though, a national hero and role model of self-acceptance was arrested a while back for polluting the interwebs with his terribly out-of-tune song covers.
Hero Alom is an old figure in the Bangladeshi entertainment sector. His career belies his unassuming looks, as Alom has acted in the most over-the-top action films over the years and danced alongside the prettiest models. He isn’t a comedian, or a cringe TikToker; he’s an old-school film star.
The Bangladeshi icon of confidence also loves to sing. He regularly uploads covers of popular Bangladeshi songs, and has never been held back by his less-than-stellar singing voice. And the Bangladeshi audience has learned to love him for it.
Much to the dismay of his fans, though, the Bangladeshi police wasn’t quite on-board with his public antics. About a month ago, Hero Alom was arrested and held for eight hours on the charge of singing songs terribly.
It’s a cause of arrest unheard-of in the history of law and order. But the Bangaldeshi police appear to be standing steadfast behind their actions. In particular, they held issue with how Hero Alom butchered some of the most cherished classical songs by respected songwriters like Rabindranath Tagore.
Following the ordeal, support has poured in for Alom from all quarters of the internet. The whole case is a bizarre addition in society’s fight for freedom of speech — at the center of it a singer who sings so bad, that the law had to get involved.