Why does it take a “surprise” for these people to eat their words?

14 04 2009

Okay, I officially love this woman (I’m also a huge theater geek).  But I am appalled at how rude and hateful people were to her before she started singing.  The amount of disrespect displayed by the audience members and judges simply because of this woman’s age and physical appearance is pretty much disgusting.  It shouldn’t take a “surprise” for these people to have to eat their words.  I applaud Susan not only for her incredible voice, but for her bravery and composure in the face of blatant prejudice.   And Simon, you are officially full of shit claiming that you knew that she was going to be talented before she sang.  And for goodness sakes, Simon, never call a woman a “tiger.”  Susan Boyle, you rock.  Britain’s Got Talent judges and audience, you suck.

P.S.  I’m not sure why the embedding isn’t working for this video, but here’s the link if it doesn’t work.


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17 04 2009
Jason

Many people with talent know it, and therefore look more the part- and do something with their talent earlier in their lives. Hence- negative assumption about someone who doesn’t look the part, seems a bit eccentric, and is middle aged. It’s not right, but eh- that’s television.

As for the tiger comment, it was a reference to the song she sang.
“But the tigers come at night; With their voices soft as thunder…”
He was commenting on her voice, as well as potentially her confidence and lack of visible fear. But I caught it first and foremost as a reference to the song.

Yes, Susan Boyle is incredible.

17 04 2009
Maggie

I too love this woman. I too would be appalled if people were this rude and dismissive to someone like Susan, say… if they met on the street or elsewhere causally or professionally. That would be unacceptable.

However, this is Television. It’s all part of the show. And after the seemingly endless parade of loser acts that the judges and the audience must endure, their reactions to just another apparent unlikely candidate such as Susan, is to say the least understandable. Their reactions too are part of the show. That’s why people watch; we humans love a good train wreck.

Everyone has seen these shows like Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, Idol, and others and the contestants know very well the ridicule they are subjecting themselves to.

The remarkable thing, the juicy bits, the victory in all this, is that she overcame all that; she dove in leaving herself wide open for abuse, she belted it out, and she blind sided them. THAT’s why we love her. That’s why we teared up when we saw it; because as ashamed as we might be to admit it, we all rolled our eyes a little too at the beginning.

The simple, and perhaps sad truth is, if the judges and audience had not behaved the way they had before the performance, the outcome would not have been nearly as sweet.

18 04 2009
Kimietech

I do believe it’s about time we stopped judging people by their appearance, and see them for who they are on the inside…. precious creations, each perfect and beautiful. Susan has a gift that I envy and I am absolutely thrilled that she is now able to share it with the world. She deserves a break!!
I am certain that Simon’s comment about knowing when Susan walked out on stage we were going to hear something extraordinary, it was tongue in cheek. Also, the tiger reference was probably a compliment. (Unless that’s usually some sort of insult in the U.K.) Simon looked absolutely smitten by her. I loved the expression on his face.
Good luck to Susan! I wish her all the best!!!

22 04 2009
Jason

Bwaha. No, being a “tiger” here is no insult- it’s used to describe someone fearless against things which most would be fearful against (and Susan showed no fear), and strong (in personality), and fierce, whether that be in their love for something, or their determination, etc. It’s usually applied to women as a compliment because all of those things are the opposite of what women are “supposed” to be according to oppression, and therefore, to be oppressed, and rise above it with such strength of will, is far more impressive than having the strength of will without oppression.

And, as I said before, it’s also a reference to a line in the song.

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