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Susan Boyle

I must be the only one in the world who missed this, but I was going through SiteMeter and ran across this post at the All Spin Zone:

ut I’d wager that most of our joyful tears were fueled by the moral implicit in Susan’s fairy-tale performance: “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” For such extraordinary artistry to emerge from a woman that plain-spoken, unglamorous, and unyoung was an intoxicating reminder of the wisdom in that corny old cliché. The three judges and virtually all those who watched Susan Boyle in the theater (and probably on YouTube as well) were initially blinded by entrenched stereotypes of age, class, gender, and Western beauty standards, until her book was opened and everyone saw what was inside.

I think we cried because her story appears to be en route to a happy ending, but also, perhaps, for all the books whose covers have never been cracked.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

See here:

The answer is that only the pretty are expected to achieve. Not only do you have to be physically appealing to deserve fame; it seems you now have to be good-looking to merit everyday common respect. If, like Susan (and like millions more), you are plump, middle-aged and too poor or too unworldly to follow fashion or have a good hairdresser, you are a non-person.

I couldn't help but think of Bob Somerby when I read this and his complaints about what our media and culture have become.

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Submitted by pie on

Of course, everyone, from the media to the blogs, had to seize on this story of inner beauty and beat the moral of the story until it was dead.

Unfortunately, I predict that, after her *makeover*, we'll revert to our usual attitudes. Human nature and all that.