I’m sure you’ve seen or heard about it by now but if not?
True this isn’t Hip Hop but it does illustrate a valid point about appearances and talent today. First some names; Ruben Studdard, Meatloaf, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Wynonna Judd, Jennifer Hudson, Martha Wash, Luciano Pavarotti and Jill Schott. What do they all have in common? They don’t all look like today’s low-rise or skinny jeans wearing, choreographed dancing, bubble gum artist that seems to come out of the music industry dispenser.
No, she’s a normal person. Average by some standards, below by others but that’s not the point. If you watch the media coverage of Susan they all point out the same thing which should be the real story, the audience members’ first reactions. Everyone is told at some point in their lives that first impressions are important and appearance is everything but what exactly does that mean? When do first impressions start and stop? What are the rules for judging someone for the first time? And are our impressions defined by others or do we make them up?
In this case, when Susan walked on stage everyone clearly had their minds made up about her. And when she opened her mouth to speak, some people already solidified their thoughts. And then she began to sing and shocked the hell out of everyone in the audience both in-studio and home. And I say, Good for her! It’s rare that people come across events such as this in their lives but did get the important lesson?
That lesson is that in terms of talent, looks don’t mean a think. Going back to the list of people from before, every one of them has/had a weight problem either before or during their careers. I’m sure there was some teasing from their peers and strangers but that didn’t stop them from showing their talents. Even on this show, Susan shined bright. Now of course the judges knew she could sing before she came on stage and played into her appearance for the audience entertainment but they both (Susan and the judges) knew she would be continuing on.
Looking at music today I have to wonder if we are doomed to 90 lb teenage girls that dance provocatively in videos and guys that must have at least a 6 pack but neither of them with any real talent. Sex sales, we know but only for so long. It doesn’t keep you coming back for more. Music today has lost its spark, its passion. Now it’s short term results but no matter how much you want it to, sex doesn’t last very long in the grand scheme of things.