We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tut-tut, Bird Dog. The lady is her own natural self. We're too used to seeing American young women who have been nipped, tucked, botoxed and lifted to death. Sure, the lady could maybe get a chin lift, if she finds enough money to do it. But mostly, she's just a natural charmer with a great voice and an ingratiating style. More power to her. I hope she makes it in the dangerous world of public entertainment.
So right Marianne! She's just wonderful. What constitutes beauty for Stevie Wonder? How did Ray Charles see it? This isn't meant to be judgemental at all, but simply a comment that what we heard cannot be diminished or altered by mere looks. She is inspiring when little else is.
I agree, American women have taken vanity/beauty to the point of absurdity. I once asked a co-worker," Jennifer if you had 50k to spend on cosmetic surgery what would you have done?" Thinking she would say her boobs, her answer was,"Everything."
To what? Being pluperfect prigs. You'd think they'd have learned they don't sit in judgement of anything but voice. Paul Potts proved that, and it seems they didn't learn their lesson then as they were even more condescending with him. It was so embarrassing I just cringed. What gods they feel themselves.
Agreed to being small minded self serving idiots I think. I don't keep up on the latest... so Paul Potts I'll have to go look at. Hard not to feel as a god when someone is paying you millions a year to act as such. No excuse of course. Though really... Paul Potts... so close to Pol Pot I wonder how he picked the stage name.
Woops--I am ashamed of myself. My cynicism has grown so much in the past few years--it seems sometimes to overcome the truly beautiful in this life. One of the great things about Maggie's Farm is that along with the dark, the politic, there are reminders of truly beautiful. I feel badly that my first act was to respond to the reference about the appearance of certain UK tribes people. My cynicism was out of place. I have watched the video several times and it reminds me of what hope was; what our people used to be and believe in--the success of good.
It's funny that you posted this. My wife showed me this performance earlier this evening unrelated to MF.
Actually, if you watched the faces of the audience, you would see dread, fear and bewilderment on their faces. No one really knew what was going to happen.
But the audience quickly put their misgivings aside and embraced her.
Yes, the judges were smug and self-righteous. After all, one of them is Simon.
The bottom lines is I was impressed that she had the self confidence to perform, knowing that the judges and much of the audience clearly did not embrace her at first. When she finished she immediately began to walk off the stage, which says to me she really did not know how good her voice really was.
I absolutely adore this whole Susan mania, but I must defend Simon.
I am no groupie, but I thoroughly enjoy his candor.
Simon is honest and Simon doesn't mince words. Is it cruel to tell people who are truly awful that they are awful or is it honest when it's in a competition where you're asking to be judged? He is lavish with praise when he feels it is due.
And his face while this woman is singing is priceless, because he's clearly so very, very happy.
So chalk another up to this amazing, extraordinary ordinary woman. She got the jaded, cynical Cowell mask to slip and he didn't even care.