You knew him as Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, in the recent Fresno Grand Opera production. Zeffin Quinn Hollis also has a key role in the upcoming Saturday production of “Dead Man Walking.”
But did you know that Hollis also found fame as the singer of Jaden Smith’s tweets?
Hollis starred in a 2014 BuzzFeed video titled “Jaden Smith Tweets Sung By an Opera Singer.” (And if it was on BuzzFeed, then you can be assured that Hollis was seen by many more people in this performance than will likely ever see him in a lifetime of live operas.)
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Smith – who, as the 17-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, commands a legion of Twitter followers – is evidently known for his “deep” tweets, which are often an eye-rolling philosophical muddle of entitlement. (Which shouldn’t be a surprise considering how we elevate not only the so-called “wisdom” of celebrities but extend that veneration to their offspring.)
Sample aria by Hollis:
“People Think A RelationShip Makes You Whole, That It’s Two 50%’s Coming Together To Make 100% When It Should Be Two 100%’s Making 200%.”
To which one of Smith’s followers replied: “I’m just glad Facebook/Twitter wasn’t around when I had dumb opinions as a teenager.”