Not one to really follow American Idol and other reality shows, I couldn't help but feel the need to check out Susan Boyle from Britain's Got Talent on YouTube after hearing others talk about it. I was touched, and then saddened by the whole event.
Touched because Susan was perceived as the underdog in the competition and she totally rocked. Saddened because what does music have to do with the appearance of an individual? She was perceived as the underdog because she didn't look like a model or some slick representation from the media. She looks like the rest of us "real" people ("reality" show, get it?)
Our society is cultivating a new kind of bigotry where a person is devalued if they don't look a certain way (on top of that, we haven't even solved the racism issue).
Here is a sketch of my next project for the Illustration Friday topic "Impossibility" Susan is in the hot seat. Though not apparent in the sketch, I want to show the look prejudice and sarcasm of the judges and audience in the illustration.