I’m just not that impressed…

23 Apr

Now don’t get me wrong, I love to see people succeed, but what is the big deal?  Why is the world so fascinated with Susan Boyle?  If she was some skinny, knock out twenty three year old, would she have made such an impression?  Absolutely not.  She may have gotten a loud clap, but wouldn’t even make the WaPo Metro.   So why is she the new sensation?

She became an overnight sensation because we saw a strange, ugly (sorry Susan), cat lady and assumed she would fail.  Why do we automatically think that ugly people are bad at everything?  She is just as likely as the next person to have a nice voice, right?

I’m not sure what is worse, the fact that we didn’t want to give her a chance, or the fact that we are blowing it up as if it is the wildest thing to ever happen.  Personally, I think it is not nearly as wild as this.

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3 Responses to “I’m just not that impressed…”

  1. Josh April 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    I agree with you. The big deal we are making about her just highlights how much we had pre-judged her. It just highlights our biases. They have a good post up about the inherent sexism and what-not of the whole story up at Feministing: http://www.feministing.com/archives/014975.html

  2. Edward O. Wilson April 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    If you would have read my book on sociobiology you would know that there is a strong correlation between “subjective beauty” (think 36-24-36) and success in other areas of life. In particular, “subjectively” beautiful people have far more biological descendants than “subjectively” ugly people. This is because “subjectively” beautiful people are physically more fit to bear children, provide for their families, and the like. As a result of this fitness, beautiful men and women live longer, bear more children, and bear children that are themselves better able to survive in the cruel world. Therefore, beauty is not in the eye of the beholder – it is an empirical (i.e., material) fact. [or maybe I’m joking?]

    More to the point, I agree – she simply had the reverb cranked.

  3. Anonymous April 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    get over your self green person

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