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Susan Boyle Is The Lesson

April 17, 2009

Slum Dog Millionaire move over. Susan Boyle has her WIKI.   Susan Boyle even has her own FAN SITE.  Rags to riches stories are medicine for a stressed out world.   It feels good to see the established norm smacked down.  In the 1930s, Shirley Temple was the go to image for a population struggling to survive the Great Depression.  Temple prevailed over insurmountable obstacles from the “established conventions” of her day.  Susan Boyle shattered the “established conventions” of BLINGed out, cookie cutter, mini clad, thought challenged bombshells everyone expects from the entertainment industry.

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boyle5 …  a TV event is being dissected like a lab specimen. The simple fact of the matter is that one normal woman, who lived in a normal village and had a nice singing voice went on to a talent contest and blew everyone away. There must be hundreds of people like Susan all over the country, but it just so happened that it was Susan Boyle that managed to represent on TV.

too much emphasis is put on looks and there’s a real homogenisation of our TV stars, and that people perhaps like looking at glamorous people on telly because it makes them forget about themselves. But I really don’t think people were surprised, in this case, because they thought Susan Boyle was, to use 21st century vernacular, a minger. No, people went crazy for because she was normal and getting credit for something she has never been credit for – on this level – before.

I read in today’s Independent a round-up of global opinion provoked by the performance. One paper said: “In a world of nasty pirates, mean internet commentators, and crazy right-wing extremists, we have to stop and embrace Susan Boyle for making us smile.”

Fair enough. Another said this:  “People like Susan Boyle are the glue of our society and it’s nice when finally something good happens to them.”

Such a welcome distraction from smoldering world news Susan Boyle is, that the fragile moment she created must be nurtured.  With instant celebrity comes a lot of attention, good and bad.  Please protect this person who has ignited the heart warming imagination of a hungry world.  Do not turn her into the familiar celebrity psycho that we are hammered with every day.

  1. April 18, 2009 7:08 am

    Take this lesson one step further, Veronica.
    Do you think it ever occurred to anyone, that sighted people may be disabled by what they see? The visually impaired would never have caught on that there was any surprise. They would have heard and felt the beauty in Susan’s heart, long before a sighted person caught on. A blind person would have recognized Susan is a star long before anyone else.
    Makes you wonder if “handicapped” or “challenged” populations may have a bit more insight about some features in our world.
    Thanks for speaking from your heart.

  2. April 18, 2009 2:59 am

    I agree. Everytime I hear Susan sing that song I choke up. It is high time the beauty of the soul ring loud and clear in our appearance obsessed society. And I hope Susan tells Oprah to stick it. Today, after applauding Susan’s overnight success and talking about bullies getting their just desserts, Oprah and her rag tag team set about making snide remarks about “make-overs” and “waxing” for Susan. May Susan stand strong and show the world what truly matters – the reason her voice is so clear and beautiful is because it reflects her heart.


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