But real Emotion/1000 Words was HOW many years ago? And during that era Namie's English wasn't that great either and has not really improved in recent years unlike Kumi who HAS improved, so...yeah...lol
Namie's english has improved leaps and bounds. It is actually incredibly daring to think that she's putting out songs in complete english. Very few JPop artists would consider putting out full english songs if they weren't fluent. Even those who are fluent/very advanced don't e.g. Kana and Ayu. Namie's english has improved so much. Listen to Alive, La La La and Stardust In My Eyes - you can clearly hear every word.
There are also plenty of more recent examples of Kuu's engrish problems. "ray down, ray down and ir ray down da raw". "no man's rand". Even in Dreaming Now!, excluding the obvious 'I wanna dreaming now!', there are so many occassions when you read the lyrics and you're like "what? that bit was an english word!!". LALALALALA has problems - "heel", "noise", "song" - they are barely audible. Yes her english has improved but it is far from perfect.
For dem lulz older examples - Twinkle (so twinkrle why dun u crap ur handz), A Whole New World, Venus. Like seriously, Namie was attempting full english tracks way before others - Looking For You in Genius 2000 and it's not that bad actually. And while others have cut down on the english tracks, so that people don't laugh at them (Kuu no longer puts out full english songs), Namie has started to increase her english.
@puranki: I haven't seen the making off myself, but it is genuinely plausible that they didn't hear her and/or didn't recognise her (seriously some people look completely different when you get rid of their make-up) and couple that with the fact they may not have understood if she randomly shouted out "konnichiwa, atashi wa Kuu-chan desu". But yes, if that was me, I would have freaked and just fainted lol.