Friday, October 16, 2009

Just another homely face.

They're going to do a makeover on Susan Boyle to glam her up for her new CD and some folks don't like the idea:
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden said: "She needs to stay exactly as she is because that's the reason we love her. She just looks like anybody who could live on your street.
"The minute we turn her into a glamourpuss is when it's spoilt. For now we'll keep her exactly as she is because that's why we've all fallen in love with her."
That's right - she said spoilt. They also call it Britian's Got Talent, so who knows what language they're speaking over there.
Anyway, I find it interesting that they seem to like her because she's not a "glamourpuss." I suppose, if she was an attractive woman she wouldn't have gotten on TV and become famous.
It's strange to me that her odd looks are what attracted some people to her voice, which is exactly what happened. As if they couldn't believe that a beautiful voice could come from a homely person. "Hey, listen to this - and look at her! Holy crap!"
Then, we'll attribute all sorts of "regular person" stuff to her, as though you need to look a certain way in order to do certain things. It's the same thing we do when we see a black hockey player. It doesn't fit our pre-conceived notion of what people in certain occupations are supposed to look like, and we throw a fit. Singers are supposed to be glamourous because somehow, the voice has to fit the face.
We're odd sorts, ain't we?
She's a good singer
with a face for radio.
It's Susan Boyle!

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