Susan Boyle.. Why are we shocked?

Susan Boyle Why are we shocked

Susan Boyle has stunned the world with her unexpected, powerful voice on Britain's Got Talent.

Judges admitted cynicism, admitted judging a "book by its cover" stating that this has been a "wake-up call".

Susan, a global sensation, viewed tens of millions of times this week on YouTube, has become a champion of underdogs, the underrated, the unexpected. Like Rudolph who was judged harshly until he pulled Santa's sleigh through the fog, she was judged by her physical appearance and didn't gain acceptance until she proved herself with her voice.

This doesn't sit well with me. What is the message? That people others view as less than attractive only have value if they have extraordinary talent? Shouldn't all people, regardless of physical appearance or talent, be treated kindly, fairly and given the same opportunities as their more attractive counterparts? And isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder? I'm certain there are many people who find Susan Boyle attractive just as she is.

I agree she deserves a record deal. I agree she has a beautiful voice, but I am saddened at the emphasis put on her physical appearance. I hope the wake-up call is not to simply avoid judging a book by it's cover, but to not judge at all. Instead let's wake up to acceptance, regardless of appearance and/or talent.

Let's measure people by their character, a part over which we all have full control. In this, Susan isn't the one lacking; it's the rest of us who focus on her appearance, who are shocked that someone labeled as "frumpy" could have the voice of an angel, who are seriously lacking in character. Susan Boyle deserves all the accolades she is receiving, but she probably deserved them well before she ever walked on that stage.

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Comments (8)

HuggerMan4U
I have the same problem Susan has - being judged for my looks, or at least I assume that's why I'm always being rejected without even a second look. One woman told my sister, "He's okay as a friend, but not as a boyfriend. I also have been told by a bunch of women that I am too sweet. Well, I'm sorry, ladies, but a leopard can't change his spots. Like Popeye the Sailor Man said, "I yam what I yam what I yam." I would rather be the way I am and not change a thing, than to turn into someone who treats women badly and who doesn't treat women with respect. I don't want to toot my own horn, but I really am a great guy, and if people can't look past my looks to see that, then it's their loss. So, I'll just carry on with life, and be happy and grateful for what I do have, secure in the knowledge that one day things will be better for me.

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niah9
After a re-run of the Susan Boyle story, I wrote a poem on CS Poetry....it also has further comments regarding the arts and how people tend to judge a book by its cover....The poem is Magical Factor X....Niah9angel
heatherhuntsman
supply and demand. I love Susan Boyle. I find her adorable, cute, funny, and beautiful. I admire her for her singing as well as other character traits. Bless Her Heartheart wings
Godsgift
The market for muic sales is for teenagers. That is why the Susan Boyle's of this world tend not to get record deals. The pop scene is about marketing not talent. How else would you explain Westlife or The Spice Girls.
mjames
it's obvious; because we are obsessed with looks; how come teeny bopper blonds who cant' sing like Britney Spear, Hilary Duff, and Miley Cyrus can make millions touring. Because of their looks and image and popularity.

Why is it that you pay a ton of money for tickets to listen to people lipsync because they are not talented enough to sing in person. Looks
WhovianGeneva
We should always "judge" people on what they are, not what they look like.

I was in my kitchen when I first heard her on my Tv.

and I've seen a beautiful and talented person singing.
broncos
It always amazes me what person sitting in their basement could be the next superstar!! Susan has proven that not just beautiful people are blessed with great talent! I remember my high school football coach once said to me that the thing he though about most was not the great players who were on the team, but that one player who is not that could be better than all of them.. Good for Susan!! There is something really wholesome about her!! I applaud it!cheers
onetocute
Just stunning. I loved it. Dreams do come true your proof of that! Couldn't watch just once. Again and Again.

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