Susan Boyle Is The Lesson
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.
Susan Boyle, 48, from West Lothian stunned the judges on Britain’s Got Talent singing ‘I Dream A Dream’ from Les Miserables.
On Early Show, They Say Sorry For Judging Her At First By Her Looks, Before She Belted Out Tune That Made Her Famous
… 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.”