Susan Boyle – A Wake-up Call

17 04 2009

Matronly, unstylish, shy, double chinned, unassuming. If you passed her on susan-boylethe street, you may not have looked twice. She would be invisible to most people. Middle aged. Looking older than her 47 years. Not beautiful. Ordinary.

The judges of Britain’s Got Talent – Simon Cowell (also judge on American Idol), Amanda Holden (actress), and Piers Morgan (also judge on America’s Got Talent and winner last year of Celebrity Apprentice) rolled their eyes. Surely this frumpy looking woman had nothing to offer. They judged her on her looks.

And then she opened her mouth and it was as if an angel was singing. The looks on the judges’ faces said it all…shock, awe, delight, sheer joy. The crowd went wild. After she sang, judge Amanda Holden summed up what everyone was feeling by saying:

I am so thrilled because I know that everybody was against you. I honestly think that we were all being very cynical and I think that’s the biggest wake-up call ever. I just want to say that it was a complete privilege listening to that.

We know now that Susan had oxygen deprivation at birth and had learning disabilities. That helps to understand the simple mindedness of this woman who kept her cheeriness despite the obvious initial jeers against her.

It’s a reminder not to judge a book by its cover and that sheer magic can come from people in all kind of packages (bodies).

Of course, it should come as no surprise to anyone that there is still a double standard in what people will accept in a woman’s looks vs. a man’s. The New York Times has an article today about how there are many heftier men stars now and they still get roles in movies. Not so for women.

While most of the comments left on YouTube of her singing are overwhelmingly positive, there are those that show the cruelty and prejudice of people:

  • “bitch u ugly as fuck! u ugly as sin! ur ugly!”
  • “she ugly”

Why do people feel a need to hurt people like that and judge people by how they look? Was it a wake-up call to you? Did you judge the never-been-kissed Susan Boyle before she opened her mouth?

Here she is…a total YouTube sensation, featured on the Today Show, Oprah, and so many other shows. Enjoy!




4 responses

17 04 2009
Susan Boyle - A Wake-up Call

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18 04 2009

The sexist undertones of the press about this woman are sickening.

She’s been called a “spinster.” If it were an ordinary 47-year-old man, he’d be a bachelor and wouldn’t be getting nearly the press she is.

It angers me because people are acting like she is mentally handicapped– and shocked that she can put a sentence together. The condescension is nauseating.

Here’s an obvious statement: people discriminate against others (particularly women) based solely on their appearance, and not just on talent shows. I wonder how many jobs she has not gotten? I wonder how many friends she may not have made? I wonder how often strangers are kind to her?

She seems innocent in nature. I mean nothing low by writing that either. The fact that she has probably endured a lot of cruelty from other people and still kept her chin up and her spirit buoyant says a lot about her.

Next come the reports of her “makeover.” Nauseating. Women are devalued if they deviate from the unnatural, impossible form of youthful beauty so prevalent in magazines, movies, and television.

I hope that’s the wake up call people take from this. Not that Susan Boyle is some kind of “freak” but that she represents most women everywhere who should be valued for who they are and how they treat others.

18 04 2009
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5 05 2009
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