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What's Up With the Susan Boyle Obsession?

What's Up With the Susan Boyle Obsession?

The gifted Susan Boyle came into our lives thanks to Simon Cowell and YouTube. The unconventional star of Britain's Got Talent made us overlook her gray hair and dowdy clothes with her beautiful voice. Everyone seemed genuinely impressed with her talents and a little intrigued by her unlikely appearance.

But now that we've made Susan a star, it's time to bring her down. After losing the talent show, Susan's suffered a breakdown! And she's off to rehab. (For exhaustion?)

The recent stories about Susan don't praise her voice; instead they mock her personal life. Today, there's a story out about how Susan cried out for her cat, "flapping her arms like a confused child" and apparently screaming "Where's Pebbles?" OK, we get it. Susan is 48 and not married. She's a crazy cat lady.

Do you think Susan's vocal talents can propel her to a successful career based on her music, or will the public treat her as some sort of freak?


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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
There's nothing wrong with appreciating the woman's good voice, but some people are TOO obsessed with her. I would not hold a Susan B. face mask up to my face at anytime anywhere. And I surely wouldn't sit outside the woman's home to get a glimpse of her. I heard that on CNN that some people were still doing that to her. Now that's freaky.
almost-famous almost-famous 8 years
I blogged about this... Yeah It's sad to see people vote to see someone on stage when they know good and well, they could care less if she won. Which we all seen that she didn't. The way the media portrays ordinary with people with abnormal problems is nasty, but if you agree to be on t.v... oh well... Hope she's well taken care of...
Who's obsessed? I love her voice, I hate that the public has to jab and jeer (and then the media is right there to record her 'insane reaction' to jacka**es who take it too far) and I certainly wish people would have a little more empathy for those like her. Yes, she tried out for a show and proved to Simon that you don't have to have a bikini bod and luxurious hair to have a great voice. Seeing his shock was great. The Orlando Magic has an autistic girl sing the National Anthem before games. If you know anything about autism, you know there is a problem with socialization. Is she excused from her anti-social behavior because she's seven? Do we all assume that you grow out of autism, thus the social problems? It's sad that we, as a society, pick and choose who we accept and who we call 'the crazy cat lady.' Who among us is normal enough to make that discernment?
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I guess the moral of the Susan Boyle's story is (if you have the balls to go out in front of millions of people who are rolling their eyes or cringing at the thought of what might possibly come out of your mouth only to have them rolled over when you deliver a confident, beautiful, resiliant voice simply because you believe in yourself) that you NOT succomb to the pressure of being interviewed by countless scathing radio and/or talk-show hosts who feed off your temporary celebrity so they can pick you apart until they can come up with an adequate denegrating acumen as to why someone so "unattractive" could possibly have the *balls* to successfully pull it off. Oh, right ~ she's developmentally disabled. I can't believe they didn't disqualify her for having such an edge in the first place :headsmack:
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I was never obsessed with her to begin with. I think she has an pretty good voice. Not mind blowing or heavenly like it has been described by others. Her personality is not alluring to me. I kinda feel sorry for her but then again everyone doesn't get you quirks so you have to deal with it.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
She was already mentally unstable and kind of "crazy" to begin with - that's what draws people to her story - and then being able to sing decently/pretty well [sorry, I know people who sing better than that around here - most don't even get the chance to be famous because their backstories are too "boring" for TV!] Being in the public sphere amplifies the worst in people, generally... But Boyle's still the same person to me, regardless of what she does - pretty unremarkable. That's why I'm not obsessed with her, and do think the other dance team deserved to win.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Dm8bri: I was thinking the same thing. I've heard she has developmental issues too, this may be all too much for someone (especially if she doesn't have someone in her corner looking out for her).
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
I read somewhere when she first hit the limelight that she has developmental disabilities. That would explain the "craziness" - it sucks that she doesn't have more people in her life who are looking out for her well-being.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
Obloquy! We don't use those 3 dollar words around these here parts, spacekatgal. Take it somewhere else! :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Well i ask why is Popsugar obsessed with Britney and THe Hills hags? its no different.
1cigarrette 1cigarrette 8 years
Bah. I mean it was cute in the beginning but this is getting pretty old.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I feel terrible for anyone in the media spotlight. I can't imagine having everything I say and do put under a microscope. I cherish my privacy. She is not crazy for having a cat either. I have 3 and I call out for them in all sorts of silly ways. I would be mortified if that made it onto the evening news. What happened to real news? When did these celebrities and celeb wannabes become the news?
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I think what made the public obsessed with her (a not-so-glamorous woman who happens to have a nice voice) is now what everyone thinks is weird now, since the novelty wore off. I think she will always be associated with being a crazy cat lady or something, because of how she looks. A nice voice will not make any of that go away.
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