Friday, April 17, 2009

NEWS: Ugly People Function Too

Tanya Gold: It wasn't singer Susan Boyle who was ugly on Britain's Got Talent so much as our reaction to her | Comment is free | The Guardian
Is Susan Boyle ugly? Or are we? On Saturday night she stood on the stage in Britain's Got Talent; small and rather chubby, with a squashed face, unruly teeth and unkempt hair. She wore a gold lace dress, which made her look like a piece of pork sitting on a doily. Interviewed by Ant and Dec beforehand, she told them that she is unemployed, single, lives with a cat called Pebbles and has never been kissed. Susan then walked out to chatter, giggling, and a long and unpleasant wolf whistle.

Why are we so shocked when "ugly" women can do things, rather than sitting at home weeping and wishing they were somebody else?
My mate showed me this video as it was inevitably the most watched on YouTube, and it made me feel fucking sick. The way the judges all looked completely shocked and then gave a little speech about how they never expected this. Of course they didn't expect it, because they and the whole show is based on prejudice, discrimination, and watching pretty people sing and dance. It's ironic that the huge roars from the crowd would never have happened if Susan Boyle was a "normal" pretty pop star, because the crowds expect - and would probably gamble their life on it - that beautiful people are talented and ugly people aren't. Well
fuck you. It is great that this event made people realise their prejudices, but it won't make them change.

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