I don’t watch reality shows. Frankly, I hate them: the humiliation quotient is just too high, and I find that more often than not they just upset me.
But I logged into a Fat Acceptance blog today (I read them semi-regularly, but always faithfully when I feel bad about my body – they’re a helpful reset tool), and I read this. I read the post, clicked on the link, and cried for the entire 7-minute clip.
What was it? A clip from “Britain’s Got Talent.” A clip in which an older woman, “unattractive” by conventional standards, basically gets up and blows everyone away. And the folks are SURPRISED that she’s any good.
Go read the entire post. It’s not long, but it’s powerful. Watch the video (linked to in the post). Read the comments, if you have time: there are some great discussions happening there.
On a related note: I find it sort of poetic that the song Susan Boyle sings is “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. That song is about a life that’s essentially over – a song sung by a woman who’s dreams have died, whose life has passed her by. And Susan Boyle is, on the surface, the stereotype for those things: a little bit old, a little bit fat, a whole lot “past her prime.” She is singing a song that fits her – except it doesn’t. Because she wouldn’t have tried out for “Britain’s Got Talent” if she’d given up on her dreams entirely. A woman whom society would view as an object of pity, singing a song that society would think she’d actually feel – but she doesn’t. I think that’s a beautiful irony.