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Herald - UK: The Beauty that Matters Is Always on the Inside - Susan Boyle
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http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/featuresopinon/disp...

Susan Boyle's story is a parable of our age. She is a singer of enormous talent, who cared for her widowed mother until she died two years ago. Susan's is a combination of ability and virtue that deserves congratulation.

So how come she was treated as a laughing stock when she walked on stage for the opening heat of Britain's Got Talent 2009 on Saturday night?

The moment the reality show's audience and judging panel saw the small, shy, middle-aged woman, they started to smirk. When she said she wanted a professional singing career to equal that of Elaine Paige, the camera showed audience members rolling their eyes in disbelief. They scoffed when she told Simon Cowell, one of the judges, how she'd reached her forties without managing to develop a singing career because she hadn't had the opportunity. Another judge, Piers Morgan, later wrote on his blog that, just before she launched into I Dreamed a Dream, the 3000-strong audience in Glasgow was laughing and the three judges were suppressing chuckles.

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The answer is that only the pretty are expected to achieve. Not only do you have to be physically appealing to deserve fame; it seems you now have to be good-looking to merit everyday common respect. If, like Susan (and like millions more), you are plump, middle-aged and too poor or too unworldly to follow fashion or have a good hairdresser, you are a non-person.
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  -Herald - UK: The Beauty that Matters Is Always on the Inside - Susan Boyle Captain Hilts  Apr-15-09 03:43 PM   #0 
  - The youtube video of her performance was posted here. What talent.  mnhtnbb   Apr-15-09 03:46 PM   #1 
  - I hate to take up for him because I cant stand him, but  OwnedByFerrets   Apr-15-09 07:56 PM   #15 
  - Can anyone watch the video  Tangerine LaBamba   Apr-15-09 03:49 PM   #2 
  - Me too. nt  Captain Hilts   Apr-15-09 03:51 PM   #3 
  - I know I cant....I've seen it 3 times and each time I cry.  OwnedByFerrets   Apr-15-09 07:58 PM   #16 
     - me too  barbtries   Apr-16-09 01:56 PM   #20 
  - The voice of an angel  Kookaburra   Apr-15-09 03:53 PM   #4 
  - corny, but I was really struck by her radiating inner beauty--it's so rare on TV it was jolting  zazen   Apr-15-09 04:04 PM   #5 
  - An interesting comment. Women should just be themselves. But there's no money in that for  Captain Hilts   Apr-15-09 04:07 PM   #6 
  - You got it. All the money's to be made in making people feel insecure.  pnwmom   Apr-15-09 04:34 PM   #10 
  - It was the ability to laugh at herself combined with an utter lack of  pnwmom   Apr-15-09 04:20 PM   #9 
     - wow pnymom--what a succinctly accurate description of the human condition  zazen   Apr-15-09 04:44 PM   #11 
     - I agree totally... To retain it as a much maligned middle aged  hlthe2b   Apr-15-09 04:53 PM   #12 
     - If only her dear mother had lived to see this.  pnwmom   Apr-15-09 07:27 PM   #14 
        - Just one can sing?  macebowman   Apr-16-09 04:52 PM   #22 
           - Welcome to DU, macebowman! n/t  pnwmom   Apr-16-09 06:33 PM   #23 
     - well said!  handmade34   Apr-15-09 08:31 PM   #17 
        - I think you're right. After age 9 or 10 it's all downhill . . . .  pnwmom   Apr-15-09 08:33 PM   #18 
  - This is a very compelling article about her...  hlthe2b   Apr-15-09 04:09 PM   #7 
  - It's a compelling article about all of us. We all react to people's looks...  Captain Hilts   Apr-15-09 04:14 PM   #8 
  - Angelic voice and spirit.  elleng   Apr-15-09 05:02 PM   #13 
  - . .  Karenina   Apr-16-09 09:24 AM   #19 
  - A grand shot in the arm for all of us Ugly people.  Froward69   Apr-16-09 04:40 PM   #21 
 

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