“Feel sorry for Susan Boyle – it was all just too much for her in the end – thought she was acting strange in the final.”
That’s a tweet from holmpat and it’s just one of thousands and thousands of tweets about one of the stars of Britain’s Got Talent.(She’s number one on Twitter’s Trending Topics.
After losing Britain’s Got Talent final Ms.Boyle was taken to a north London clinic by ambulance after show staff told police she was ‘acting strangely’ at London hotel. Was it all fair to expose her to this? Are we desperate for a feel good story that we’re prepared to exploit someone as mentally vulnerable as Susan Boyle is?
Here’s Euan Ferguson, writing in the Observer, before we knew Susan had gone to a clinic..
“Never in our fast-changing history, until Susan Boyle, have we managed to quite so swiftly canonise and then pillory another human being, for our own titillation. For our own grubby, voyeuristic amusement: just because we could.”
Media Frog wrote :
“What we saw these last few months was a middle-aged woman with learning difficulties and an unenviable background sucked in and spat out by the media machine.”
Don’t forget it wasn’t that long ago that when former Heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno suffered a breakdown, the biggest selling daily paper in this country’s headline was ” BONKERS BRUNO LOCKED UP “, for which they eventually had to apologise.
“it’s such a tragic situation, a woman who really just loves to sing, an innocent woman really, who is just caught up in this fame game.” Fred O’Neil her friend and former voice coach said before the final when she was said to be drained by pressure.
And it’s not just Susan Boyle, Britney Spears’ public meltdown sold millions of newspapers. Do we love to make heroes and knock them down? And it’s an old argument but is it our fault for buying the papers and watching/listening to the programmes that feature our “hero’s” ?
Another argument is: These people know what they’re getting into, if she couldn’t handle the pressure why did Susan Boyle come on the show?