Susan Boyle: YouTube sensation

_45675357_007182315-11Boy, there are no shortage of issues raised by this. Latest count put the number of views around the 25m mark. (We did embed it from YouTube but it seems the lawyers have got involved.) This article lashes our response to Susan Boyle as sexist, pompous and guilt-ridden. Do you agree?

27 Responses to “Susan Boyle: YouTube sensation”

  1. 1 Ana Milena, Colombia
    April 17, 2009 at 15:03

    Hi! 🙂
    I’m afraid I don’t totally agree with the article. It’s trye that shows and people like this – Simon-Cowell-like) are guided by appearances and prototypes of young good-looking people; in fact, they’re used to judging younger people. Their reaction to Miss Boyle turning up on stage was obvious.

    But I don’t like the fact that the writes suggests people feel guilty for having the same perception and compensate it by watching the video. I’m sure that, in spite of this worldwide tendency of superficialily in which we don’t look at the person’s character but personality, there are still lots of people who celebrate from the first time the fact that a humble person has achieved such a recognitiion with talent, not with a fake world.

    That was what I felt when I watched the video for the first time!!

    Cheers!! 😉

  2. 2 Matt Roberts
    April 17, 2009 at 15:14

    I think everything about Susan Boyle’s performance is just a wonderful thing to see. That the judges and audience pre-judged her is merely human nature, in which we all share, more or less. The astronomical change in reaction as she began her singing is exactly what makes the performance that much better; indeed, it makes her victory a real tour-de-force. Simon’s eyebrows arching up a half-inch is, arguably, the best part of the entire thing. Relax, people: sexist, pompous, guilt-ridden? No, just natural, and you are not going to change nature. And that makes all the delightful difference here.

  3. 3 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    April 17, 2009 at 15:27

    The friend who forwarded me the YouTube wrote “You’ll just have to trust me on this” as the subject line of her email. She added a comment, “This should teach us not to pre-judge people.”

    Exactly. Susan Boyle might not be a beauty queen on the outside, but her spirit and courage, not to mention her voice, are royal indeed. Susan Boyle is worth a bushel of brainless Barbie beauties.

  4. 4 Ana Milena, Colombia
    April 17, 2009 at 15:47

    I couldn’t agree more with Matt! 🙂

    Anyway, opinions are divided. While some people are still supporting her because of her talent, which is what really matters, and on the fact that dreams can come true any time, others focus on aesthetics and makeovers… [http://uk.tv.yahoo.com/blog/article/171737/]

    I hope none of this affects the person she is, her humble and quiet spirit!

  5. 5 Luci Smith
    April 17, 2009 at 16:36

    I for one am really tired of women who look great and cannot sing!Denmark is full of them

  6. April 17, 2009 at 17:34

    Blame the media…
    All they have been serving us these years are those judged to be the perfect size, beauty and height!

  7. 7 steve
    April 17, 2009 at 17:37

    She has a great voice, but I’m really sick and tired of reality TV shows, and how apparently everyone wants to become a celebrity these days. Enough with the narcissism.

  8. 8 saad , Jaffrabad Pakistan
    April 17, 2009 at 17:43

    Talent matters more than everything else. She really has achieved great victory.We should judge the person by his/her caliber rather than by her complexion and by his/her body chemistry. We must encourage her instead of needlessly judging his body structure.

  9. 9 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    April 17, 2009 at 18:09

    The ugly duckling was really a swan. So is Susan Boyle.

  10. 10 bruce hedderson
    April 17, 2009 at 18:15

    In looking at the video,,i was left with the impression that it was somewhat staged, or at best cleverly edited, and in the clips it seemed that the expressions from the audience was representing the attitude that the audience was reflecting great doubt that the person on stage was worth watching….the cynical expression we are all now talking about, that a person who appeared incapable of singing, or anything else for that matter, triumphed…..great piece of altered film ….
    it is all part of the show…is it not…

  11. 11 Ryan
    April 17, 2009 at 18:43

    fort myers, FL

    the first thing I was struck by when I saw the video was how utterly staged it was on so many levels. It was all edited together in a highly manipulative way. whenever I see this kind of garbage, it disgusts me because it makes me think that networks just think the audience is completely brain-dead. Mostly, shame on BGT for re-enforcing the framing of talent within the cultural conception of beauty.

  12. 12 ryan
    April 17, 2009 at 18:48

    This whole thing stinks. the people who feel “inspired” by this whole facade are just falling victim to a horrible hollywood myth.

    The first thing that struck me about this video was how it was all put together in such a way that made it highly manipulative. Shame on BGT for re-enforcing the framing of talent within cultural conceptions of beauty.

    Fort Myers

  13. 13 Robert
    April 17, 2009 at 19:15

    Yep, people (the hairless monkeys that we are) are judgmental and superficial. That still did not stop the tears from forming in my eyes as i listened to that “ugly “canary sing. While a Barbie she is not, what she has is rare indeed and I for one hope her dreams come true and as a consequence WE get to her that voice rock the world…WOW Susan, you did indeed rock our world. …Robert, a truck driver in the USA

  14. 14 Katy, Cleveland
    April 18, 2009 at 01:33

    My best friend sent this to me one night, the following day I received the link from my father. I responded to his email by saying that I sincerely wished I had Susan Boyle’s self esteem and self worth. Whether she wants to be a superstar or not, she got out there and tried something that most people would never have. I wouldn’t be surprised if people tried to convince her that she would just be ridiculed. I think Susan Boyle is a fantastic image for women to remember that regardless of our looks, our talents are what is truly important.

  15. 15 Christiana Dearborn
    April 18, 2009 at 20:40

    What a flippin’ hoot! Three cheers for Susan’s shakin’ her “money maker”!

    Portland OR USA

  16. 16 Julie
    April 19, 2009 at 01:00

    Bruce and Ryan…synicism is ugly. Susan Boyle is not. Do you think for one minute that her life has not been made difficult because people have judged her by her looks before knowing her as a person. That, sad to say, is the nature of the human beast.

    Sure they edit what we see but they cannot edit how Susan looks, nor how she sings. People in the audience had the typical judgemental expressions that we see every day in this world.

    Just be happy for the lady!

  17. April 19, 2009 at 02:53

    Susan Boyal was quite simply great for the average person to see and have everyones spirit uplifted.

    Everyone was expecting a spoof and disappointment. Immediately she was certainly a spirit to be reckoned with. It was flat obvious to everyone she was world class.

    Good for her was pretty much the opinion of everyone. I want an entire album of this spirit. Quite simply she is inspiring.

    troop on the Oregon Coast

  18. April 20, 2009 at 03:49

    Susan Boyle is an epitome of the saying “The Appearance are often deceptive” and “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. The materialistic world we inherited often regard personality much more than real talent. People come to a conclusion usually by looking at person. That’s the main reason behind why so many stereotypes exist in the world. For example, people usually show sympathy towards physically challenged person before looking at what he or she can offer to the society. Susan Boyle defied all the stereotypes and prejudices against ageism and personality. I wish her good luck in the competition.

  19. 19 globalcomedy
    April 20, 2009 at 04:53

    What I’d like to know if how much money Simon Cowell is making off of this? He gets royalities from all the “Idol shows” worldwide. So you know he and the other producers are laughing all the way to the bank with this free global publicity.

  20. 20 Kelly, from Chicago, IL, USA
    April 20, 2009 at 15:58

    “Talents are what are really important.”

    I am just as tired of the attitude that you must be good at something or “win” in order to be valuable. First we judge people on their looks; now we tell people that they must be better than everyone else at something in order to matter.

    A great majority of us will never succeed at something in particular. We will never be noticed on a national or worldwide level. When will people start realizing that everyone is beautiful and valuable just for living their lives? The greatest miracles are the most mundane and unattractive.

    Sometimes, what comes naturally to humanity is very depressing.

  21. 21 Ian A Bedford
    April 20, 2009 at 20:24

    The plain fact is the woman has s tremendous voice, when I saw this clip, I was not phased by her looks or age, just by how such a voice (and I know there are 1000’s more like it) lay undiscovered for so long. They say it is a small world, well I can tell you it all depends which world you are living in, the music industry world is huge and is content to over look anyone who is not connected by the right “who” at the right time.

    She does not need any luck so I will not wish her any, as long as she can sing “another song” her voice will do the rest, she will never be a super star but she will be heard by millions

  22. April 21, 2009 at 08:45

    Its a talent contest not a beauty contest, so until she had shown what her talent was I don’t see how or why people were pre-judging her anyway? I was waiting to judge her talent after she had begun performing. So I don’t think it is fair to say it comes naturally to all humans and is just human nature. It just depends what an individual may be looking out for in a given situation.

  23. 23 Keneau Arnet
    April 21, 2009 at 14:05

    First, Matt Roberts’ comment near the top is right on! Good remarks, sir.

    Second, the debating, the conjecturing and the kavetching here are quite the curiosities.

    Susan Boyle is a phenomenon! Talent lurks in mysterious places, you know. Einstein wasn’t pretty either, but who complained? Edgar Alan Poe was strange and strangely gifted. Buddha was obese, or so the images suggest. So what?

    John Keats, who was a little “foppish” in his own right, wrote as the dénouement to ODE ON A GRECIAN URN:
    “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

    Susan Boyle’s talent is extraordinary… that’s “EXTRA Ordinary”… you know, not like the rank and file. And that’s the truth, and it’s beautiful. That’s all you need to know. She will reap the rewards of her extraordinary-ness, mind you, both in spite of and because of Simon Cowell. And that’s the rest of the truth.

  24. 24 Ina
    April 23, 2009 at 02:29

    I am Scottish after listening to the rubbish that came on before Susan and seeing the judges faces I thought (said out loud to the telly) come on Susan prove them wrong and she certainly did that had me in tears – I don’t know the lady but if anyone realy listened to her (banter) talk, having a joke and a laugh before she went on stage i hope they thought the same as myself she was game for a laugh a good sense of humour . – but i cuss myself for thinking what on earth are you wearing – at least you could have got your hair cut n coloured – sorry Susan and i do not think i need to wish you luck you have just begun the rollercoaster of childhood dreams wishing you all the best xx

  25. 25 Ro
    April 23, 2009 at 12:18

    The lessons to be learnt from Susan Boyle are endless…

    For instance, a connection was drawn between Ms Boyle and world hunger in a really interesting and fast thinking article from the World Food Programme: http://bit.ly/s6JOw

  26. 26 Syed Hasan Turab
    April 23, 2009 at 17:00

    Viewers socity & Culture is transforming by itself, in common viewer’s like reality & real people this is why ” Uggly Betty” & “Boyle” are getting public attantion.

  27. 27 Dennis Junior
    April 27, 2009 at 03:34

    I am glad that Susan Boyle is a You-Tube Sensation….She deserves to have great success….

    ~Dennis Junior~

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