Sunday, April 19, 2009

Another Internet Meme

I don't like the word 'meme', but anyway, I couldn't think of a better title. There has been another video circulating the internet in the past week, and that is the one of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent. If you haven't heard of Susan Boyle, where have you been this last week? (To be fair, I only heard of her yesterday) Videos of her have been watched over 50 million times since she appeared on the ITV programme last weekend. She is, as The Times put it, the story of the ugly duckling who didn't need to turn into a swan. Susan Boyle is a 47 year old spinster living in a council house in Scotland. She has been repeatedly bullied for having learning difficulties, involving children throwing things at her front door. And when she went on TV last week, everyone in the audience dismissed her as another deluded contestant, but that was before she started to sing. You can watch the video here.

I personally feel sorry for the girl at 1:23 who rolls her eyes incredulously. She's been pointed out individually, but she was only doing what everyone else was doing. But Susan's story is a perfect example of the old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover."


  1. I thought she was quite sweet.

  2. I did too, but I already knew that she was popular, so I watched it with the knowledge that she could sing.