Les Miserables Gutter Press

Surely no-one could deny the acclaim meted out to British singer Susan Boyle was rightly earned. Her rendition of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from the hit musical, Les Miserables, on the British talent show, ‘Got Talent’, was memorable, to say the least.[1]


Why then do we have to suffer the deplorable guff pouring forth from various media outlets like sewage from a faulty water treatment outfall?

The BBC recently described her as:

………with double chin, unkempt hair, frumpy appearance and eccentric demeanour……”[2]

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly, a US rag:

In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with packaging – the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts – the unpackaged artistic power of the unstyled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms Boyle let me feel, for the duration of one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace.

She pierced my defenses. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective.”

Melanie Reid inThe Times:

…..Susan Boyle is the ugly duckling who didn’t need to turn into a swan; she has fulfilled the dreams of millions who, downtrodden by the cruelty of a culture that judges them on their appearance, have settled for life without looking in the mirror.”

And so it goes on, and on, and on……this erudite ejaculation of obnoxious emphases, serving only to self-excuse these same journalistic icons of the entertainment industry from their total obsession with physical attraction, a fixation all too frequently blinding them to the utter lack of talent present in many of the latest protegees to emerge into today’s show business limelight.

Miranda Sawyer of the Daily Mirror:

No woman gets to perform publicly unless she looks like Mariah Carey. If you’re a female singer, you are required by showbiz law to appear sexy at all times.”

What utter balderdash, Ms Sawyer.

There was a time when singers were lauded for their voices, not their looks. Birgit Nillson was hardly a classic beauty, but she wooed audiences with her divine rendering of Wagnerian masterpieces. Over the years, plenty of double-chinned, overweight, and frankly unappealing sopranos and contraltos have graced the operatic boards -unappealing, that is, until the moment they opened their mouths.

Today’s entertainment industry is all about money, and youth, and sex, and more money. The industry’s spent billions persuading us we want the Madonna’s of this world, and then appears surprised when an ‘ordinary’ woman becomes an overnight sensation.

Susan Boyle ‘reordered the measure of beauty’, according to Lisa Schwarzbaum.

No, she did not, Ms Schwarzbaum. She just opened her mouth, and sang like a nightingale.

[1] “Got Talent” April 11th 2009
[2] “How Susan Boyle won over the world” BBC, April 18th 2009

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3 Replies to “Les Miserables Gutter Press”

  1. everything in our lives is packaged to be “consumed”…. if it doesn’t fit the perfect picture, we mock it or belittle it…

    Interesting how everything is connected. I think you will enjoy my latest post…. it starts young…. as young as birth!

  2. Hmmmm – I’d just battered out a piece on Susan myself, after being away for a week and missing much of the fun. I see we think much alike, though my post is slightly different in flavour from yours, I’ve said much of what you’ve written to my husband over past days. 🙂

  3. Nevin – we, the people, are totally under the control of the corporate structure. As your post points out, the indoctrination begins before birth and continues until we die. Whether it’s a tub of margarine, or a stage act like Susan Doyle, the packaging is more important than the content – which is often very inferior, whether margarine or act. Susan Boyle unwittingly served to highlight our own indoctrinations. We’ve learned to accept a mediocre product in fancy wrapping and falsely promising the earth, but Ms Boyle gave us the exact reverse – a somewhat drab outer but with a wonderful product inside.
    She’s the epitome of every marketing guru’s worst nightmare – the dread that one day we may all shun packaging and demand a superior product.

    Twilight – I hope your husband appreciated it! 😉

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