I’m sure by now you’ve seen the video of Susan Boyle singing some song from Les Miserables on Britain’s Got Talent. If you haven’t wait about 4 minutes someone will forward it to you, link to it, tweet about it, or post it on their Facebook profile. The video is unavoidable and every time I see it my eyes nearly burst from my skull in a fit of rage.
What is it that makes this video so remarkable? Is it that Boyle sings the song beautifully? Sure. But that’s not it at all, it’s that Boyle who could be described as less than physically beautiful sings the song so beautifully.
Apparently, we’ve reached a point in our evolution where we are so stunned by the fact that someone deemed unattractive can create something of beauty that we must ogle it and point and utter words like stunning, amazing, unbelievable, and moving.
Really. I’m not kidding.
I’m so ashamed for us, the human race, right now. The fact that we are even the least bit surprised that someone who doesn’t look like Beyonce or Gwen Stefani can sing is fucking ridiculous (remember this debate?).