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Yo-Yo Ma -- Composed When Dissed

1/19/2009 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was a child prodigy who performed for JFK when he was seven -- and has since won 15 Grammy Awards, was named Peace Ambassador by the UN and has even appeared on an episode of "The Simpsons..."

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...and our photog actually had the nerve to ask if he got his Inauguration gig by winning "a drawing."

It's pretty hilarious -- and Yo-Yo Ma is the nicest guy ever.


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I have decided TMZ a total waste of everyone's time, but for me, no more...good luck and think I have allowed these paps into my day is shame on me. Good luck, it was fun while it lasted. Some folks, like YoYo, make the world the better place, your staff, not so much.

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Comment #9: You thought the photographer asked good questions? You are as dumb as he is.

Comment #14: You don't know who Yo Yo Ma is? Seriously, this is nothing you should be bragging about.

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#14. #18 is right. Your ignorance is nothing to brag about. If you are over 18 and are paying attention by reading newspapers, worthy magazines on current events, even Time or Newsweek (both written so a 12th grade educated person can understand them) you would have a basic understanding of who, what and where. In fact, you should have been reading such vehicles starting in 9th grade. Then you would know who Yo-Yo Ma is or any other luminary. TMZ, perhaps you might look at hiring a better educated group. Surely they are low-paid staffers, but there are very bright, cultured graduates out there who would love to get a media start somewhere...even at the bottom.

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14. um........ can't say i would have known who the hell he is either. YO YO MA???? if my life depended on it I would have said it was a female spanish rapper.

Posted at 4:39PM on Jan 19th 2009 by Bran

I don't know who is more stupid.... #14 or the pap? J@ckasses!!

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I think it's funny that so many people are incensed at how rude the question was.

Clearly you guess don't know how paparazzi operate. They're pay is directly
related to how marketable a celebrity's reaction to a question is. That's why
you get these ridiculous, harrassing, juvenile questions over and over again.
Because they're basically begging someone to have a bad reaction and go
after them physically or verbally.

Luckily it seems like most people know what's going on and just completely
shrug these idiots off like the low-lifes they are.

2104 days ago


Your photogs are idiots.

2103 days ago


Well when you a 4th grade drop out not to many job options... Burger king or TMZ

2103 days ago


Somewhere there is a KFC with garbage piling up because this guy isn't taking it to the dumpster anymore.

2103 days ago


Yo Yo Ma is so incredibly talented, and such a class act! Really, you people are so ignorant.

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