This started out as a post about Gilles Marini and Dancing With the Stars. After his incredible performance last night I regained my desire for him to win. For a spell I had abandoned him for Lil’ Kim or Melissa.
In considering how to explain what I saw in Gilles I started to think about appearances and beauty.
Yes I think that's a beautiful photograph but so is this ...
There has been a lot of talk on DWTS about Ty, the rodeo performer, and his drive and his work ethic. I admit to being negative toward Ty based on his distasteful profession but I do recognize that he has improved as a dancer. So what? So has Gilles. Neither has any prior dancing experience, both are athletes and they’re about the same age. Both have performed for an audience.
So is Gilles less inspiring than Ty because he’s so attractive? Is his natural grace less worthy? Gilles is dancing with a shoulder injury. Does it hurt less because he’s considered sexy? Or is it that Ty captures the American audience’s need for cheesy schmaltz. A cowboy trumps a foreigner? I find Gilles' back story to be far more interesting than pictures of Ty as a baby cowboy. He was poor, his Dad worked day and night as a baker, Gilles helped out in the family bakery. His Mom is reduced to tears when she recounts her son’s “superb” attitude. In fact Gilles is often brought to tears by his own accomplishments.
In the interest of keeping this as short as I can I’m leaving out the cheerleader and the Olympic princess. Heaven knows I could go on and on about them. And how "we" relate to them ...
Did Susan Boyle become a Youtube sensation because she could sing? Or was it because people saw an “unattractive” woman who could sing? I found the video inspiring because it started out as all reality shows do – mocking and ugly – and ended in praise and standing ovations. What if Susan had opened her mouth and gobble-de-gook came out? I shudder to think of how the audience would have felt righteous in their immediate assessment of her worth.
I think Susan is beautiful because she had the courage to put herself out there when she really wanted to stay home and mourn the loss of her Mum.
That's what shows in this photo ...
... far more than darker hair and tweezed eyebrows.
And then there is the ugliness associated with the latest beauty pageant. There is so much going on within the Miss California “controversy” that one needs GPS to get to the center. The more that happens the more I feel sorry for the silly little girl. She was clearly inarticulate in her assessment of “opposite” marriage. Then she was bamboozled by professional bigots into becoming their spokesmodel. Now she’s being attacked for being a regular teenager who took some naughty pictures. And today she is going to be judged by a disgusting old rich man with the moral fiber of monkey poop. Talk about putting American values on display.
For me it all goes back to way too much mainstream media influence. Everything is a sound byte. A picture is supposed to tell a story. Context is thrown to the wind and thoughtfulness and insight are discouraged at all costs.
Even Oprah – in all her spiritual glory – felt the need to ask Susan Boyle if she was thinking of getting a makeover. And Susan’s response was that she had “tidied” herself up as all women like to do.
I think we all need to tidy ourselves up. Take the time to read the book.
Screw the cover – it’s an illusion.
... never represented any Miss - or Ms. - that I know.
the photos of Gilles come from people.com
susan's photo is from Oprah.com
Miss CA's photo is from accesshollywood.com