The Shock and Awe of Susan Boyle


By now, you are probably one of the millions who’ve watched the Britain’s Got Talent YouTube clip. And, you know that Susan Boyle is an amazing singer. If you watch again, you’ll see that during her introduction the audience and the judges roll their eyes at her with contempt.

From what I can tell, it is because she is a rather plain looking woman in her late 40s. A woman who looks like someone we all know, be it our aunt, teacher, or frumpy family friend.

In looking at the audience reaction to Susan, I wonder…Are we supposed to ridicule women who don’t fit the Cougar’s scantily clad standard of beauty? Do regular middle aged women have nothing to offer but a nice selection of sensible shoes and secret family recipes?

Susan’s amazing voice shocked not just the audience, but the harsh judges as well, (including Simon Cowell) who gave Susan a standing ovation.

One judge exclaimed:

That was the most extraordinary shock we have ever had…When you stood there with that cheeky grin everyone was laughing at you. No one is laughing now. That was stunning.

Another judge, gushed:

I’m reeling from shock. I know everybody was against you. I honestly think we were all being very cynical. That was the biggest wake-up call ever. That (listening to you) was the biggest privilege.

So because Susan is older and a little plain looking it is assumed she has no other qualities besides her obtrusive unattractiveness. When she sang, her angelic voice shocked everyone, redeeming her terminal dowdiness. Suddenly, with out notice, those same naysayers were rooting for the underdog they just despised. It is in this moment of triumph that together we shed a single tear of hope, in solidarity with the forgotten, the lonely and the ugly, who by some miracle, just so happen to have awe inspiring talent.