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Susan Boyle

April 16, 2009

It does not seem as if many people are talking about Susan Boyle, yet. Maybe it is one of those topics, you know, that seems like it is set up for us to talk about which in turn makes everyone not want to talk about it.  Like a National Day of Recognition or something.  I read over at Joan Kelly’s once, how she is annoyed at times when it feels like she is being told when and what to celebrate or recognize.  I agree, in a way it feels so contrived, as if it is an order from our parents.


Nevertheless, I enjoyed Boyle’s performance, and I liked how Simon and company got their faces cracked with their prejudices.  One thing I can say is go Britain’s Got Talent 2009   with the age thing.  I know there are some people who get mad when someone dares to dis America, but come on, on the American Idol the age limit is 29 (if I’m not mistaken), so what is that saying right there. I am glad a 47-year-old (did she say she has never been kissed? If so, are we talking about a real live spinster? With a cat! Go Susan, Go Susan!) is allowed to compete.


Anyway, it has been difficult to find a link that allows embedding, so I shall just give you a link.


ETA: Now it seems CNN and other U.S outlets have picked up on the story, so, my opening line no longer makes sense.

  1. Polly Styrene permalink
    April 16, 2009 7:54 am

    All the meeja are on about her over here. And a lot of bloggers of course -which make it all the more puzzling that a blog about supposed “Contemporary UK feminism” chose to link to a US blog on the subject.

  2. April 16, 2009 11:50 am

    Magnificent. Absolutely magnificent.

    It reminds me of that fiasco during the opening of the Olympic Ceremonies in China, with the lip-synched performance by the “cute” child to the “homely” child’s voice.

  3. joceclaire permalink
    April 16, 2009 7:01 pm

    Just to correct you about the age thing, Britain has Pop Idol as their American Idol counterpart, with an age limit like the American show. America also has America’s Got Talent, which doesn’t have an age limit. So the Brits are no more progressive than us in that extent. (Also, don’t take my knowing this to mean I actually watch any of these shows!)

    The judges’ comments in the Boyle clip annoyed me. “Everyone was laughing at you, but no one’s laughing at you now” sort of thing. I felt they were saying that if she didn’t have tremendous musical talent, she deserved to be laughed at. Like her talent was the only thing that gave her worth as a person, basically.

    • The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink*
      April 16, 2009 7:15 pm

      Thanks for the info, I don’t usually watch any of them, so, I was not sure about the 29-year-old thing, but, I thought I remembered something about it when Taylor Hicks was competing.

      she deserved to be laughed at. Like her talent was the only thing that gave her worth as a person, basically.

      Tell me about it. And what did you think of them panning the audience and showing two women who openly showed their disdain for Boyle?

    • April 16, 2009 7:44 pm

      The audience, and Simon, were assholes. The other two judges (don’t know who they are) were pretty respectful of her before she even started singing. I’m happy for Boyle, but wouldn’t it be radical if everyone could see the worth in a 47-year-old spinster regardless of her talent? If we could see the worth in human beings just for being human beings?

      P.S. I started a blog and added you to my blogroll!

  4. April 16, 2009 7:49 pm

    Hi Jocelyn! I actually just left you a comment at your new blog 😀

    I did think Simon and the other male judge were assholes, but I don’t mind the fact that in a talent competition she was expected to prove she actually had some talent or that it wasn’t taken as a given that she could sing. I just wish they’d maintain the same sort of skepticism for the acceptably physically attractive contestants instead of giving them the benefit of the doubt just because they’re “cute.”

    Outside of talent competitions, though, it *would* be great if folks could see the value in 47-year-old women whether or not they can sing.

  5. The Fabulous Kitty Glendower permalink*
    April 16, 2009 8:09 pm

    That one judge openly flinched when she did that sassy little hip swerve move, which I understood to be something she did to compensate for feeling judged and vulnerable. However, he flinched as if it was disgusting. His face expressed that it is vile for a 47-year-old woman to move her hip around in a sassy matter.

  6. Jane permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:40 am

    Excellent post – not like the utter misogyny filled post about Susan Boyle by a certain deluded blogger

    • kamododragon permalink
      April 18, 2009 4:25 pm

      That blogger is nothing more than Zoe Brain. She’s an intersex trans apologist. She’s known within the intersex community of claiming that she’s an expert on intersex and trans issues. Zoe is one of those who will claim and I quote
      “Intersex is the same thing as transgender” and “Intersex people have the same thing in common with transgender people” Zoe goes around online in other people’s blogs, forums and chat rooms claiming that intersex and transgender are the same thing. She is known to use pseudoscience and science that has not been proven. Zoe is well known to say that transgender people have a biological and genetic link. She’ cozy’s up to the transgender and she defends the transgender people and she’s known to transjack the intersex people and intersex community,

  7. April 17, 2009 11:18 am

    Wow. Jane, that link. With “sisters” like those, one can do without, no?

    • kamododragon permalink
      April 19, 2009 2:26 am

      Very true and with people like that, Intersex people can do with out them

  8. April 17, 2009 5:52 pm

    Goodness, some male-women (and allies) will appropriate any one to contort into a wail, “WHAT ABOUT THE TRANZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ”

    But we know how much men like to redirect the attention back on them, so, WHATEVER!

  9. Polly Styrene permalink
    April 18, 2009 9:25 pm

    Yup that was a very tenuous link, possibly the worst bit of Boyle bandwagon jumping I’ve seen yet. (Gordon Brown has been strangely silent about her so far but it can only be a matter of time). Actually of course Susan Boyle isn’t the sad sack she’s been made out to be. She has had training in drama and performed on the Edinburgh fringe. And yes she does have stage presence – she wasn’t nervous in front of 3,000 people. Oh and made this fabulous charity single.

    But the ‘she’s just a hideous hick from the sticks who’s spent her entire life at home with her cat’ story is more simple and popular.

  10. Polly Styrene permalink
    April 19, 2009 7:46 am

    “And all of whom would trade a million years of being told they had an “inner beauty” for one day of being able to look in the mirror and feel sexy and beautiful. Even the ones who really do look that way to others. It’s part and parcel of being a woman.”

    Nothing misogynist or hetornormative there? It could be a piece in the Daily Male….

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