Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Performer vs Entertainer

After Paul Potts, we now embrace Susan Boyle with nostalgic feel.

Make no mistake. The stage is for raw talent (not youth idol) be recognised, yet all the audience and panel judges, who are supposed to have neutral stance, simply presume that she could not sing.

Collette Douglas writing in
Herald put it best when she said: "Not only do you have to be physically appealing to deserve fame; it seems you now have to be good-looking to merit everyday common respect."

The fact of our culture's value system exalting beauty elevates it as a prerequisite for anyone to perform.

During the recent
Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony, the best actress in giving her speech reminds us, that acting (or singing) is a service performing for the audience.

I hope such nostalgia would still apply nowaday.

Susan Boyle is now a celebrity in her home town, but doubt remains if any of the local youngster cheering her wants to be like her.