Success in JapanEdit
His song "City Connection," released only on biodegradable cassette tape, was a pop hit in Japan. Following its success, Webster was translated into Japanese, retitled Laugh with the City Connection Boy and His Fat Father, and aired on TV network NTV for five years.
Unfortunately, all copies of the song have since degraded, so there is no record of what it actually sounded like. Equally unfortunately, DVDs of Laugh with the City Connection Boy and His Fat Father have been released and are widely available in Asia.
In 2003, Lewis went to Seoul, South Korea, to promote the Korean version of Laugh with the City Connection Boy and His Fat Father. Unfortunately, due to an error by a translator who was a Communist sympathizer, his traditional Webster catchphrase -- "What you talkin' 'bout, Pappadopolous?" -- was rendered as, "Listen to What Kim Jong-Il Is Talking About!" The incident touched off five days of riots, where effigies of Lewis and, inexplicably, U.S. speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, were burned in the city's central square.