She isn't physically beautiful, or have a great stage presence, or wear CFM get-ups and boots. She doesn't make love to the microphone, or to herself, or to every male who passes her in the street.
What Susan Boyle does is sing. Beautifully. From way down inside, from her soul.
So why all the publicity? Because Susan Boyle is 47-years-old, lives alone with her cat Pebbles in Blackburn, Scotland, and is neither a make-up freak nor a fashion plate. Rather, she is representative of 80% of all women living on the planet.
Where, and in whose fucking rulebook, does it say that a female singer has to be young rubbish—both morally and vocally—to be accepted as legitimate? Whether or not she is made fun of on Twitter and the blogs, Boyle will win the finals of "Britain's Got Talent" next Sunday night—a win for every woman—and all of us.
From the Associated Press:
"The singer said before Sunday's performance that she wouldn't transform her appearance. 'I just want people to see me for who I am, and do my best at singing the song, that's what I am focusing on,' she said.
"She said the death of her mother had inspired her to enter the TV talent show.
"'I wanted to show her I could do something with my life,' Boyle said."
ADDENDUM, MAY 27. Here is a wonderful comment from Cathy:
"The first time I watched the clip of 'I Dreamed a Dream', I saw a REAL woman who was singing about her own life. A woman who was tired of years of dreaming and ready to take her life into her own two hands and see just how far she could go. I had tears streaming down my face as she sang. I dreamed a dream, too, and that dream didn't start becoming real until I finally had a chance to do something. I think there are many of us out there, and we're backing Susan to the hilt. Working to make dreams come true isn't limited to clothing style or size, hair, makeup, and how white your teeth are. It's all about heart. [Italics mine]
(Bringing the world together through music: visit the Playing for Change website, and watch this video of Stand By Me of street musicians playing for change, that I downloaded in January.)