In the (Entertainment) News – 4/18/09

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Hello, THL! Today I’m not here to talk about teabagging (*snickers*), tea parties or torture memos. Those are discussion-worthy topics for somewhere else. No, today I’m here to talk about the really important stuff. Like how gossip about female celebrities almost always revolves around hair, makeup, weight, romance or clothing. Nothing else really matters.

Now, unless you have been living under an Internet rock, you know Susan Boyle was a contestant seen on last week’s Britain’s Got Talent, a reality TV show. You can see her segment here on YouTube.

This woman has lit the world on fire, and rightly so. I think a voice like that is an incredible, born-with-it gift. But what continues to niggle at me is how this woman has likely never been given much opportunity to demonstrate this glorious talent of hers because of how she looks. Now, before she even opened her mouth to sing I was wanting to reach through the computer screen and smack people for how utterly dismissive they were. I didn’t care whether or not she had talent – she deserved respect and common decency, which she didn’t get until she proved herself remarkable. Then suddenly everyone loved her and brought out the “don’t judge a book by its cover” comments.

You GO, Susan! Represent for ALL how talent does not mean only if you’re young, thin and beautiful. It can come in any package and we should all remember that. But we won’t. We’ll be surprised again in the future when an “Ugly Duckling” turns out to have been a beautiful swan all along. Because we’re people, and people suck. ;)

Only a couple of other entertainment quickies:

A blurb about a French magazine which had on its cover famous actresses/singers/models without make-up on. GASP – you mean people can be beautiful without being airbrushed to death and without make-up caked on their faces?

And an interview in which Lisa Rinna explains how difficult it was to stop starving herself and over-working out for a Playboy photo shoot. Seriously, this makes me very sad indeed.

Other than that, I seem to have a morbid fascination with What Were They Thinking?, a pictorial of (usually female) celebs and how they made some horrible crucify-her! fashion missteps.

Because we’ve never left the house in something atrocious. I’m going to pretend I didn’t just come back from the grocery store wearing unflattering cargo pants and a grey hoodie. With my hair in all awry, my glasses on and my zits showing. How dare I, really?

Comments

  1. Scarlett says

    Not to good with English sarcasm – was Simon being serious or tongue-in-cheek when he said that bit about knowing she was going to be extraordinary when she walked in? And here was I thinking at least he had the decency not to be a hypocrite and join in the standing ovation. At least the female judge was honest enough to admit they’d all been quite cynical when they first saw her.

  2. Ikkin says

    I have to wonder whether “What Were They Thinking” really be a bad thing if it stuck to clothing choices that were ridiculous by all standards. The Bobby Trendy and Lady GaGa outfits go way beyond “anyone might have done that” territory, for instance, so they might be legitimate targets. It’s not too difficult to make a distinction between unflattering clothing choices and outfits that would be completely bizarre if worn anywhere.

    On the other hand, I couldn’t even tell what was wrong with the Brittany Snow picture until I read the caption, so think it’s pretty ridiculous that they’d single her out for it.

    I’m kind of curious as to what you find the most problematic about it, though – is it the fact that fashion choices are being torn apart at all, or the fact that some of the celebrities are being picked on for things that everyone does now and then?

  3. Robin says

    Having read about it several places before I actually got a chance to watch the video, I wasn’t surprised by Susan Boyle’s gorgeous voice coming from a somewhat frumpy, middle-aged body. I was surprised because she’s just so unassuming in her demeanor. That, with a voice as powerful as hers, she’s never performed in public before, despite it being a lifelong dream. I’m glad she got her chance, and I hope that it can help her overcome her hesitation to do it in the future.

  4. SunlessNick says

    Not to good with English sarcasm – was Simon being serious or tongue-in-cheek when he said that bit about knowing she was going to be extraordinary when she walked in?

    Tongue-in-cheek. He has a reputation for being a know-it-all, and was playing to it.

    At least the female judge was honest enough to admit they’d all been quite cynical when they first saw her.

    Yes, I was pleased to see her cop to that.

  5. sbg says

    I’m kind of curious as to what you find the most problematic about it, though – is it the fact that fashion choices are being torn apart at all, or the fact that some of the celebrities are being picked on for things that everyone does now and then?

    I just meant my own morbid tendency to view the slideshow – I am frequently shocked and amazed at how shitty people are in the comments, though to be honest I do have to wonder why we feel we’re entitled to snark and make those rude comments about celebrities.

    I guess I subscribe to the theory that if you don’t have something nice to say, simply say nothing. Or, more to the point, if you would be hurt if someone were saying such things about you, then don’t say such things about others.

  6. says

    Well, good lord, most of the best-known A-list male actors look worse than the women in these pics when they’re off work and you see them around town. Why the hell aren’t they featured on these “what were they thinking?” deals more often? I can’t see what’s wrong with half of those pics, even after reading the caption.

    Sure, bizarre outfits that call attention to the person merit comment if you’ve got nothing better to do, but it’s the ones where the celeb has simply dressed down that really offend me. Because it’s pretty obvious “what they were thinking” – either they’re savoring the occasional 5 minutes during which the maintenance of their looks isn’t partially responsible for keeping hundreds of people employed, and/or they’re hoping to blend in so no one approaches them.

  7. amymccabe says

    OMG! Kristen Bell was wearing “normal people” clothes that looked comfortable! What was she thinking?!?!

    But seriously, what is up with that website? I had never seen it before and found it rather disturbing.

  8. SunlessNick says

    OMG! Kristen Bell was wearing “normal people” clothes that looked comfortable! What was she thinking?

    It’s like she thought she was dressing for herself, not for viewers! Amazing!

  9. Dan says

    Cargo pants and hoodies are what I wear pretty much all the time. Solidarity! But then, I have a Y chromosome, so that makes it alright.

    Frankly, I find most fashion gossip utterly worthless. Who gives a shit what Drew Barrymore is wearing? I want to know what she’s ACTING in (or do I? *shudders thinking of Beverly Hills Chihuahua*).

    And this thing with Michelle Obama’s arms… sickening. It was all over the News Media. That’s the News with a capital “N” we’re talking about, not E! True Hollywood Horseshit. Report on something important, for God’s sake! The integrity of our society relies on the Press, and they’re discussing the amount of cloth on someone’s shoulders.

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