From April 11,2009 until today April 21, in a matter of 10 days, Susan Boyle’s Youtube clip has been viewed 35 million times and counting. I got the news first from OTWOMD, ignore it momentarily, and then got back to Bluepanjeet’s blog again and decided to view it, on top of reading Bluep’s beautiful post flavored by his struggle. Wow! I was stunned. She’s simply heart-tugging! Somewhere, there was this universal connection midwifed by the virtual world. I allowed her to speak to me, even to my sense of being “useless” and disposable currently. Susan Boyle. like the rest of us, simply inspires me to keep my dream alive. I need not infantilize her. She’s simply an angel heaven-sent, disturbing the world’s standards of peace and happiness and joy. I scoured for more reactions to this cultural break and found the following to be real profound in their take. I claim they are giants in their courageous and honest admission of this countercultural lightning:
“After she got her unanimous Yes votes from Simon, Amanda, and Piers, I typed “Ageism Be Damned” in the subject line of an email and sent the YouTube link to everyone on my Women’s Issues list and within an hour, more than a dozen had written to tell me that it made them weep. Since then I’ve talked to other friends who’ve confessed to the same reaction. What are we all crying about? What is it about this woman that touches us so deeply?
Partly, I think it’s the age thing, the fact that a woman closing in on 50 had the courage to compete with the kids — and blew them out of the water. “Women of a certain age” should be forgiven for finding vicarious satisfaction in Susan’s victory. In plain words, it’s an up-yours to the cocky youth culture that often writes us off.
But I’d wager that most of our joyful tears were fueled by the moral implicit in Susan’s fairy-tale performance: “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” For such extraordinary artistry to emerge from a woman that plain-spoken, unglamorous, and unyoung was an intoxicating reminder of the wisdom in that corny old cliché. The three judges and virtually all those who watched Susan Boyle in the theater (and probably on YouTube as well) were initially blinded by entrenched stereotypes of age, class, gender, and Western beauty standards, until her book was opened and everyone saw what was inside.
I think we cried because her story appears to be en route to a happy ending, but also, perhaps, for all the books whose covers have never been cracked.”
Why Susan Boyle Makes Us Cry
“What does it say about the civilized world that our expectations for greatness are diminished when people are unattractive and/or old? It’s no mystery why American Idol screens out any would-be singers over the age of 30.”
Susan Boyle: Talent Without Judgment
“Susan Boyle said she decided to take the risk for her mother, but without knowing, she did it for all of us. She gave us her talent, her courage and the lesson that risking failure is almost always necessary to attain success.”
There’s A Little Susan Boyle in Us
“We prejudged her before we heard her sing. We should have known better, and now we do.”
Susan Boyle: Lessons We Still Haven’t Learned
“Susan Boyle: The picture of courage. Immense self-possession. Perfect Centeredness. Inner beauty. And a spirit of fun.
Susan Boyle: My definition of actualizing potential by allowing the energy of the universe to flow through you.
Susan Boyle: One small person amazing, inspiring, and energizing the world.
Susan Boyle: The Imponderable, Improbable, even Impossible Dream empowering us all to reach and achieve.
Susan Boyle: Her wondrous spirit washed over that hall in a flash, enveloping everyone, lifting them up, and filling their hearts.
Susan Boyle: One moment. One person. One act of open surrender to what’s truly possible.
Susan Boyle: The power to change a face. The power to melt a heart. The power to cover the earth with belief. From one small village.
Susan Boyle: The immense, incalculable power of inner vision, humility, persistence, and play.
Susan Boyle: Our living lesson that when life provides a stage, sing your heart out, and prepare to be blessed!”
Susan Boyle energizes the World
“Clearly, with the media feeding us that beauty is seen only on the covers of senseless magazines, who among the men therefore in their right mind would actually date her?
If you can just imagine how lonely it must have been to be Susan Boyle in all her life: bullied on the basis of her appearance, rejected, ridiculed, ostracised and regarded as a retard, no job, no lovelife, no nothing that this world has to offer.
But come to think of it, with all of these things lacking in her life, she only has one thing which she treasured the most: Hel Faith as a Catholic.”
Susan, you are both a fish in the desert and a fisher, aren’t you?