Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Whos ugly??????

I am not sure how many of us would have heard about Susan Boyle than Danny boyle, the oscar winning director of Slumdog millionaire.
Susan boyle, is a 47 year old lady, who made it to the headlines and a sensation now in Britain and around the world, with her video audition on Britains got talent have been the highest viewed video ever on the internet, that too in just 9 days. What makes Susan boyle so special????Its the shock that we get, after seeing the video, that makes it so special. The shock is not due to the talent that she gots, because we being normal human beings, get carried away with hoe a person in physical appearance, taht too when you see someone on a stage auditioning for a programe like "Britains got talent", we expect someone young, smart, good looking (who defines this???!!!! I dont know), etc., But we dont expect someone like Susan boyle walking into the stage.
Is it physical appearance that important??I sometimes keep asking this question time and again, as i generally get carried away with Beauty (again who determines this is a big question with no answer!!!!) The sub continent where I come from, the culture is so that Beauty, as in physical appearance is given top most priority, and this is true with our gods too.....everything has to look nice, look good??!!!
There is no appreciation of true beauty, which is in the nature, as in iam not talking about the greenery or landscape...i am talking about people, their mannerisms, their voice, the way they speak or walk or do things. Though we all are aware of the saying "BEAUTY LIES IN THE EYES THAT SEE", we tend to ignore or forget it. Time and again, we need people like Susan to wake us all up......
Have reproduced an article by Tanya on The guardian and also here is the link of Susans audition on Youtube.

It wasn't singer Susan Boyle who was ugly on Britain's Got Talent so much as our reaction to her
o Tanya Gold - The Guardian, Thursday 16 April 2009

Is Susan Boyle ugly? Or are we? On Saturday night she stood on the stage in Britain's Got Talent; small and rather chubby, with a squashed face, unruly teeth and unkempt hair. She wore a gold lace dress, which made her look like a piece of pork sitting on a doily. Interviewed by Ant and Dec beforehand, she told them that she is unemployed, single, lives with a cat called Pebbles and has never been kissed. Susan then walked out to chatter, giggling, and a long and unpleasant wolf whistle.

Why are we so shocked when "ugly" women can do things, rather than sitting at home weeping and wishing they were somebody else? Men are allowed to be ugly and talented. Alan Sugar looks like a burst bag of flour. Gordon Ramsay has a dried-up riverbed for a face. Justin Lee Collins looks like Cousin It from The Addams Family. Graham Norton is a baboon in mascara. I could go on. But a woman has to have the bright, empty beauty of a toy - or get off the screen. We don't want to look at you. Except on the news, where you can weep because some awful personal tragedy has befallen you.

Simon Cowell, now buffed to the sheen of an ornamental pebble, asked this strange creature, this alien, how old she was. "I'm nearly 47," she said. Simon rolled his eyes until they threatened to roll out of his head, down the aisle and out into street. "But that's only one side of me," Susan added, and wiggled her hips. The camera cut to the other male judge, Piers Morgan, who winced. Didn't Susan know she was not supposed to be sexual? The audience's reaction was equally disgusting. They giggled with embarrassment, and when Susan said she wanted to be a professional singer, the camera spun to a young girl, who seemed to be at least half mascara.

She gave an "As if!" squeak and smirked. Amanda Holden, the female judge, a woman with improbably raised eyebrows and snail trails of Botox over her perfectly smooth face, chose neutrality. And then Susan sang. She stood with her feet apart, like a Scottish Edith Piaf, and very slowly began to sing Les Miserables' I Dreamed A Dream. It was wonderful.

The judges were astonished. They gasped, they gaped, they clapped. They looked almost ashamed. I was briefly worried that Simon might stab himself with a pencil, and mutter, "Et tu, Piers, for we have wronged Susan in thinking that because she is a munter, she is entirely useless." How could they have misjudged her, they gesticulated. But how could they not? No makeup? Bad teeth? Funny hair? Is she insane, this sad little Scottish spinster, beloved only of Pebbles the Cat?

When Susan had finished singing, and Piers had finished gasping, he said this. It was a comment of incredible spite. "When you stood there with that cheeky grin and said, 'I want to be like Elaine Paige', everyone was laughing at you. No one is laughing now." And it was over to Amanda Holden, a woman most notable for playing a psychotic hairdresser in the Manchester hair-extensions saga Cutting It. "I am so thrilled," said Amanda, "because I know that everybody was against you." "Everybody was against you," she said, as if Susan might have been hanged for her presumption. Why? Can't "ugly" people dream, you flat-packed, hair-ironed, over-plucked monstrous fool?

I know what you will say. You will say that Paul Potts, the fat opera singer with the equally squashed face who won Britain's Got Talent in 2007, had just as hard a time at his first audition. I looked it up on YouTube. He did not. "I wasn't expecting that," said Simon to Paul. "Neither was I," said Amanda. "You have an incredible voice," said Piers. And that was it. No laughter, or invitations to paranoia, or mocking wolf-whistles, or smirking, or derision.

We see this all the time in popular culture. Do you ever stare at the TV and wonder where the next generation of Judi Denchs and Juliet Stevensons have gone? Have they fallen down a Rada wormhole? Yes. They're not there, because they aren't pretty enough to get airtime. This lust for homogeneity in female beauty means that when someone who doesn't resemble a diagram in a plastic surgeon's office steps up to the microphone, people fall about and treat us to despicable sub-John Gielgud gestures of amazement.

Susan will probably win Britain's Got Talent. She will be the little munter that could sing, served up for the British public every Saturday night. Look! It's "ugly"! It sings! And I know that we think that this will make us better people. But Susan Boyle will be the freakish exception that makes the rule. By raising this Susan up, we will forgive ourselves for grinding every other Susan into the dust. It will be a very partial and poisoned redemption. Because Britain's Got Malice. Sing, Susan, sing - to an ugly crowd that doesn't deserve you.

Saturday, 18 April 2009


Humanity neglected by the entire world, in terms of the murdering of the civilian Tamil population in the north east Srilanka. What is happening in Srilanka is the modern genocide of minority Tamils by the Sinhalese in the name of fighting terror......How will the International community justify killing or massacering thousands of civilians for the lives of few hundreds of LTTE???dont get me wrong, i am not the supporter of LTTE, who is a terrorist organisation for most of the world. But in the eyes of most ( not all) of the Srilankan tamilians, they are the freedom fighters, who are fighting for their equal rights and liberalisation.....How come, LTTE, a freedom fighting organisation become a terrorist organisation is a big question....did they conducted Al qaeda like attacks on innocent civilians around the world? that the international communtiy termed them as terrorist organisation, that the GOSL made use of it in justifying its massacre of civilian tamil population.....two incidents, masterminded and executed by LTTE outside of Srilanka ( Padbanabha & Rajiv gandhi murder in India) which concluded that LTTE is a terrorist organisation in India, later with Indias persuasion, the international community categorised them as terrorist organisation...
No war or dispute can be fought with the might of power, as in military power. The examples lies in front of our eyes -
1. Afghanistan - US CIA trained and armoured Taliban to fight against Soviet invasion during the cold war, now turned against the International society as a terrorist organisation in the name of Al qaeda
2. Srilanka - India supported and trained LTTE, now turned against it, by killing its leader Rajiv gandhi and now termed as an international terrorist organisation.
Are we not learning from our mistakes????Or is it just that we are turning a blind eye to it???When Israel attacked West bank, stating Hamas as a terrorist organisation and it is hunting them down, they massacred hundreds of civilian palestines. How did the International community reacted to that, in statements, in negotiations, in finding a solution to the conflict.....But what are they doing, when Srilankan Army is massacring thousands of innocent Tamil civilians in the name of fighting terror (LTTE), the international community and the media are turning a blind eye to it......Are we all so cruel, that we cant see the things happening around us, cant we see the civilians being massacred, are we ignoring the racial genocide of the tamil population???
I am no way justifying the way, LTTE fighting its freedom war, by suicide bombings and killing innocent civilian sinhalese no way war or military might will result permanent peace. We have seen it from the past, but we presume to be ignorant of it. Armed response will result in future terrorist strikes affecting generations........
Srilanka Government might get hold of the entire srilanka, with its military might (with the help of Indian armed forces), but the fight for freedom in the minds of Tamils, cant be erased or defeated....which iam witnessing here in London for the past 2 weeks, that individuals are fasting till death till the problem is resolved, people protesting peacefully in front of the British parliament for International community to act immediately, individuals, students, elders, kids and entire families, braving chill weather, rain or sun, day and night.....let their resolve win....Let peace prevail in the world......Let there may be no more organisations like LTTE or Al qaeda be nurtured or supported for individual county's interest......