Is the Reaction Towards Susan Boyle Sexist?

  • The Guardian‘s Tanya Gold says that Brits should be ashamed of themselves for doubting Susan Boyle‘s talent because of her looks: “Why are we so shocked when ‘ugly’ women can do things, rather than sitting at home weeping and wishing they were somebody else? Men are allowed to be ugly and talented. Alan Sugar looks like a burst bag of flour. Gordon Ramsay has a dried-up riverbed for a face. Justin Lee Collins looks like Cousin It from The Addams Family. Graham Norton is a baboon in mascara. I could go on. But a woman has to have the bright, empty beauty of a toy – or get off the screen. We don’t want to look at you. Except on the news, where you can weep because some awful personal tragedy has befallen you.”
  • Now, if you wanna see ugly: Lord ha’mercy, what has happened to Rupert Everett? The once drop-dead actor has destroyed his face, if this picture is to be believed. I’m praying this is just bad Photoshop, and the dude didn’t actually pay money to do this to himself.
  • An angry Patrick Stewart called out an audience member who took a photo of him onstage during a performance of Waiting For Godot. “Stewart suddenly looked up and said, ‘Are you the a***hole who was sitting at the front tonight? You know, what I really want to know is how you can sleep at night? I really hope you’re pleased with yourself’.”
  • So You Think You Can Dance? host Cat Deeley stepped out with her boyfriend Jack Huston, nephew of Anjelica and grandson of John.(Daily Mail)
  • So Katie Price and Peter Andre were snubbing Hollywood before Hollywood could snub them, right? “We got asked to do set-up shots with certain people,” said Katie Price. “I’m not saying names but we were like ‘no, we don’t want to do that’. If we are going to make it we’ll make it by ourselves – not by being pictured.” (BBC)
  • Primeval‘s Ben Miller – who is looking HOT with the facial hair, hubba hubba – reveals that his film, eight years in the making, is actually happening. “I realised that the time had come to do something drastic. I decided to do the thing that no sane person in show business would ever do. I decided to stop waiting and make a film using my own money.”(The Times)
  • Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, and Margaret Thatcher herself, actress Andrea Riseborough, are joining that Keira Knightley clone movie, Never Let Me Go.(Hollywood Reporter)
  • Arctic Monkeys have finished their third album – and somehow P. Diddy has become an honorary member of the band.(BBC)
  • In the Loop, the film version of The Thick of It, gets a five-star review from The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw. “The acting is superb, and the writing is relentlessly funny – vicious and delicious. And refreshingly, there isn’t a sympathetic character in sight.”
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Sukhdev Sandhu is a little more lukewarm on the film, giving it three stars: “In the Loop, like a lot of [Armando] Iannucci‘s work, is technically brilliant, but fatally flawed by the extent to which it is fascinated by – dotes on, even – the culture that it purports to abhor. It’s a sharper, bawdier version of Yes, Minister. And ultimately just as cozy, colluding in our cynicism about politicians rather than challenging it.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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