I think that in general terms we as a society, at large, are pretty shallow beings. We like to think ourselves capable of being everyone elses judge and that you're only useful, talented, or capable of doing something special if you're attractive and skinny. Post the American Idol and phenomenon that is reality TV we think that we are competent to pass judgment on those that are put before our eyes without giving them a fair shot. We've become cynical and incapable of thinking that someone should get a fair shake at life regardless of how they look on the outside.
This clip, I think, shows what people are really capable of thinking with only something to look at and no back story. As you're watching listen to the snickers and look at the rolling eyes. The irony of course being that the people in the audience would probably high tail it in the other direction if informed that they would have to do the same thing. Just because someone is favored with a face that is easy on the eyes doesn't mean that they have any talent coursing through their veins, in fact I tend to find myself being judgmental in the opposite direction, which is that upon looking at someone extremely good looking that they have nothing to offer and are as shallow as a wading pool. In my defense I've found that statement to be true in my life, it doesn't mean that it is unequivocally true it just means that's what I've experienced. In any case beauty and talent are not necessarily synonymous with each other. It just means that is what's been shoved in front of our face time and time again and what we've come to value as a society.
Seriously watch the clip! and see whether or not cynicism takes hold of your heart first. I had heard about the clip, but still approached it with a vague sense of wonder. Rooting for her on the inside, but also doubting that Susan Boyle was going to surprise me at all. Shame on me.
1 Corinthians 1:27: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;