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The Susan Boyle Phenomena
Susan's Defining Moment
I first got the news from Twitter, and i jumped to the site where a YouTube video entitled "A Star is Born" was waiting to be 'clicked'. There she was, a modestly dressed lady, looking like a school teacher and not at all the 'star material' which we know huge talent shows are looking for. The three judges of "Britain's Got Talent", including acid tongue Simon Cowell (Is he all over?), as the rest of her audience were obviously skeptical of the 47 year old constestant, During that evening's pre show interview she uttered somewhat nervously, her fignting words by teasing, she would rock the crowd, Well, Susan Boyle didn't just do that, she sang the haunting song from the play Le Miserables, "I Dreamed a Dream" and amazed millions of us and managed to make us cry. Like a miracle, she went from obscurity to celebrityhood, overnight. So it seems. As of last count, her viral videos have been watched by 45 million viewers and it's just all begun for her.
What is it about a simple and wholesome human being like Susan Boyle, placed in a stage, suddenly becomes a phenomena and the whole world stops to listen and celebrate?
Susan Boyle epitomizes everything Hollywood tells us, we CAN'T be. The business of beauty and fame, what Hollywood promotes to the world, it's standard for success which is youth, a beautiful wrinkle or blemish free face, a small waistline, long legs and who cares about talent! The music industry now has the capability of "fixing" minor(?) imperfections in tone or key. Music of this generation has become all mechanics, computerization and even live performances have been known to be lipsynced. Susan Boyle has been the brunt of jokes, bullied and ridiculed in her lifetime because of her looks. We are all victims of this stereotype and are all guilty of judging people the same way. BUT deep inside, we are all Susan Boyles. We are all praying and believing that our uniqueness, our talents and our gifts will be recognized beyond our imperfections. Thus we celebrate Susan Boyle. her dream, her determination and her much deserved success.