Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thank You Susan Boyle

I just wanted to take a minute to thank "Britain's Got Talent" phenom Susan Boyle. The 47 year old internet celebrity has shown society once again that you can't judge a book by its cover. Our society is one that spends ridiculous amounts of time and money on fad diets, facials, and other superficial goods because we've grown up in a culture that continues to tell us looks are everything.
When Hillary Clinton ran for president everything from her wardrobe to her wrinkles were slammed in the press. At 16 years old Miley Cyrus hasn't gone out clubbing, or wound up in rehab, but she still makes the cover of magazine after magazine due to comments about her appearance. Brittany Snow actually wound up in rehab after suffering from depression and an eating disorder related to the pressure put on her by Hollywood to be thin. Sadly these cases aren't the exception, they're the rule. Open up any magazine and you'll find a story about a celebrity who's too thin or too fat, a diet fad that you can try to drop your own access weight, and the story in small print in the back about how American's shouldn't be so concerned with looks. Often times this last story is on the page opposite the story on the celebrity's weight issues.
I love that Susan Boyle has come right out and said she has no plans on changing who she is now that she has this new-found fame. For every man who passed up the opportunity to kiss her in her 47 years on this Earth shame on you. Paybacks are a bitch though, aren't they?
If you haven't seen her video yet should watch. The look on Simon's face is worth the seven minutes of your time. Trust me.

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