Sanjaya claims to be a character created by an RISD art student

Trying to squeeze another few milliseconds out of his 15 minutes, which expired weeks ago, Sanjaya Malakar now says/jokes that he’s an art student at RISD and that “Sanjaya Malakar” is a persona he created.

“For the past five months, I’ve assumed the role of a character I created named Sanjaya Malakar,” he says in the video. Sanjaya–and it’s definitely him, or the world’s best actor–claims to he’s actually Bill Vendall, “a 25-year-old industrial design student at RISD,” and says “the character was part of a larger art installation for my thesis program.”

However, since Sanjaya himself is a terrible actor, it doesn’t quite work. He can hardly keep a straight face when saying nonsense such as, “How you could look at this … and not see it as a symbol for the self-referencing nature of progressive evolution?”

Defamer has the full video and calls this Sanjaya’s “new campaign to rape the minds of an American public he hasn’t been able to brain-diddle on a mass scale since his shocking Idol dismissal.” Exactly.

Sanjaya Keeping Busy While Waiting For Someone To Give Him A Job”>Sanjaya Keeping Busy While Waiting For Someone To Give Him A Job [Defamer]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.