Susan Boyle: The 1:24 Critic

Yesterday, I blogged on Susan Boyle and in listening to her today on YouTube, I saw consistently remarks being made about the girl at 1:24 in the video. The term used often to describe her is one I will not use here as I prefer this to be a blog that is family-friendly. I’m sure my readers can use their imagination and realize what that term was. The girl at 1:24 can be seen here in this video of Susan Boyle’s performance on “Britain’s Got Talent” which you should see if you haven’t.

The problem people have with this girl is that she was rolling her eyes at the thought of Susan being a great singer before she said anything. She had pre-judged her wrongly. Personally, I agree with that. I am not here to condone that. If something is wrong, there can be reasons why it was done but never justifying reasons why it was done. You cannot justify an evil action. God does not justify sin. He justifies sinners.

However, what sickens me about this is that I’m sure this girl is regretting the action that was done enough. There don’t need to be any reminders of that. What also sickens me is that while we sit here and condemn her for how she was acting, let’s be sure that many of us were in the exact same boat. There is a reason Susan Boyle was a surprise. No one was expecting it. This includes the judges. The judges made it clear that the audience had been internally laughing before she sang and that everyone there was against her.

This girl in the audience is just like the rest of us. We’re cynics today that are quite superficial. No one was willing to give Susan Boyle a shot for so long. Everyone had pre-judged her. Could it be that in wanting to go after the girl in the video, we’re instead really wanting to go after a scapegoat so we can excuse ourselves for having the exact same attitude?

Those of us who are Christians should be especially aware of this. How many of you all know your past sins? Do you really need to be reminded of them? Do you really want them put on display for everyone to see? This girl did something wrong and unfortunately, she happened to be the one the camera was on at the time. I seriously doubt the other people in the audience were much better. Does that excuse what she did? Again, it does not. It should make us realize that we could easily be caught under the microscope unawares and we don’t want our sins to be broadcast.

Instead of condemning this girl, which has already been done, maybe we should take some time to examine ourselves. Are we any better? Still call the sin wrong, but remember the sin is not the sinner. We don’t know this girl’s spiritual state. She could be a Christian. Let her know the forgiveness of Christ again. She might not be. Are we showing her the love of Christ?

Susan Boyle is to be honored, I agree. However, let us make sure that we are being real with how we deal with others. Are we any better?


12 Responses to “Susan Boyle: The 1:24 Critic”

  1. ye Says:


  2. garyk51188 Says:

    There is a lot of chatter going on analyzing why Susan is such a phenomenon. Don’t they know angels walk amongst us? True, such are rarely revealed on such a huge stage. I prefer it a lesson on how the Lord sees His children. Imperfect but for the unmistakable stamp He has placed on each one. With that special gift we are made complete. I’ve watched that video at least one million times of the 50 million, and counting. Susan is perfect, and she is an angel.

  3. Dave Says:

    I agree with your points. The “girl at 1:24” surely feels as humbled and ashamed for her shallow mocking attitude of Susan, the same as the rest of the audience after Susan proved their preconceptions to be unfounded. Yes, she was wrong, but so were hundreds of others in the audience, and probably millions at home. She just had the misfortune to have a camera pan on her and somehow make her the “face” of the chuckling eyerollers everywhere. I have no doubt she… like the others in the audience… was cheering her by the end and realizing she learned a valuable lesson on judging a book by it’s cover.

  4. acg Says:

    I thought this too until someone pointed out 6:24 in the Susan Boyle video. You can see the same girl and she is the ONLY one not clapping or cheering. I lost sympathy for her at that point.

  5. acg Says:

    excuse me, 5:26

  6. Jeff Spry Says:

    Are we not doing the same thing to her? Judging her motives and heart based on an even shorter video clip of her actions, appearance, etc? To tear her down without knowing her is the same thing we are accusing her of doing to Susan Boyle.

  7. Craig Says:

    No way! Condemn the Bitch in the audience. SCRAG!!!
    I know I didn’t pre-judge susan. not everyone did!!!

  8. Confused Says:

    Why would you waste your time setting up a hate club? She judged her just like everyone else judged her. Yes she rolled her eye and yes she was proven wrong, but seriously people should really get lives. While you are all sitting hating her she is probrably away…still living her life. Plus a lot of comments have been made about her appearance (the girl) which makes this hate campaigne hilarious, as you are just contradicting yourselves. So grow up and move on in life susan and the girl have, so why can’t you?

  9. McGroo Says:

    Well, girl at 1:24, congratulations on your new found fame! Just remember that no publicity is bad publicity. Contact Max Clifford on 0207 408 2350 and he’ll sort you out.

  10. trent church Says:

    Did you see our 1:24 girl at 6:27? She bounced up and down with joy!
    Get off her back!!

  11. susan boyle Says:

    Good points. Sounds like youve got a pretty good handle on this stuff… :

  12. Jason Says:

    Did you know the video was edited? The girl at 1:24 may not have even rolled her eyes when it looks like she did. She may have rolled her eyes after some terribly bad performance and the edit was there. These kinds of shows do stuff like that all the time.

    I think the real question is should people bother to watch entertainment that gives people a lot of negative attention, teaches them to be highly competitive for fame or money, puts value into others opinions of self worth, etc.

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