I thought it was just me getting pissed off about all the Susan Boyle articles focussing on her appearance when the reason she is in the spotlight is because of her voice. (Check out the rant over at fuckpoliteness.) Why is it so amazing that she can sing? Do we look at Dr Rebecca Huntley and say, well gee, who’d've thought someone attractive could earn a PhD? Are we surprised that Eamon Sullivan can swim?
And in their rush to focus on Susan Boyle’s appearance, they’re just making shit up. NYMag says she’s got the greatest unibrow this side of Frida Kahlo – clearly not true – and Bob Dumpling in New Matilda calls her orthodontically challenged – again, clearly not true. Any good points they make get lost in the nastiness.
Sam de Brito – who made a great point a few weeks ago about women being more concerned with what Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing than demanding paid maternity leave – disparages Susan Boyle’s appearance to make his point that she doesn’t know her place. I almost laughed my way back to the 1920s.
As well as giving us all the free porn we could want, the internet makes us ugly. People who’d never tell a stranger they were unattractive or stupid will happily post it on a news website. And the moderators who publish these comments seem to have no sense of propriety. These comments never add anything to a story, so why publish them? At the very least, if you’re going to call someone fat and ugly on a major news website you should have to include a photo of yourself. Because people in glass houses shouldn’t get undressed with the light on.