I think you’d have to be living under a rock to not know who Susan Boyle is, the Scottish woman who has won the hearts of millions around the world with her emotionally-charged rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from one of my fave Broadway shows, Les Miserables.
Like everyone else, I was absolutely blown away with her stunning performance … and had I not seen her video, I — like anyone else — would probably just think she was another amazing Broadway star with awesome pipes.
But when we see Susan, we see an ordinary woman who you’d pass on the street and probably not give a second glance to; a woman who admits she’s never been kissed and lives in the house she grew up in, who took care of her ailing mother until she passed away. A woman, just like you or me.
And what is bothering me the most is how she’s being coined “the unlikely star” … simply based on her physical appearance.
She walks out onto the stage, and you can hear the muffled (rude) laughter in the audience. “SHE can sing?” you know the judges are all wondering. Then she opens her mouth. And the rest … is YouTube history.
How sad is it that that’s how judgmental we are as a society; that we assume she can’t possibly have a good voice because … well, just look at her. That the whole ordeal is so much bigger simply because (and forgive me for stating the obvious) she’s no super-model.
Sure, she doesn’t have ‘the look’ … but those pipes?! HELLO. That’s what they’re talking about in the press.
The worse part is, I personally felt a twinge of guilt for looking at her and thinking they’re right; no matter how we look at it, the headline is this: “Ugly Duckling” with Supreme, Incredible Raw Talent Woos the World.
And that makes me really sad, for society as a whole.
Susan ought to be basking in this glow, and from what I’ve seen, she is.
I think she has a lot to teach all of us; never judge a book by its cover. Follow your dreams. Be able to laugh at yourself, and be laughed at — taking it all in stride, good-naturedly.
And above all, love yourself as you are. Exactly as you were made.
How about you? What were your thoughts about Susan Boyle’s launch into stardom?