Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Looks aren't everything

I got home late tonight from Parent Night at school. Sitting down at the computer to check email and what-not, I turned on the TV. Automatically my TV turns on to NBC, so I managed to catch the last few minutes of the season finale of America's Got Talent. Susan Boyle was the final performer.

Watching her transition from the frumpy woman with a moustache who appeared to be a joke to the magnificent songbird with a makeover still gives me chills. And looking at tonight's winner, who first came on stage, I guess, he was a similar situation. It looks like he started with a backwards baseball cap and said he chased chickens. But he, too, has an amazing voice and talent.

It just goes to prove that looks aren't everything. Too many of today's performers are strictly judged on their looks. "Ugly" people never seem to have a chance, because no one will give them a second look. How many other people haven't been able to showcase their talents, simply because they don't look as beautiful as they sound?

Before the advent of even cameras, men were elected President based solely on their qualifications and eloquence. Would George Washington get elected today with his wooden teeth? Or how about the freakishly tall Abraham Lincoln? How many brilliant minds have been ignored because of looks?

For some reason it really bugged me tonight.......

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