Somebody sent me a link to a video. “Watch this,” they said. “It’s SO funny, absolutely hilarious.”
Well, I’m all for hilarity, so settled down happily in anticipation.
As soon as I saw that it was something to do with the X-factor, I began to have doubts. And as I watched, they grew.
A pretty girl, full of confidence, with a huge smile and attitude appears on stage.
She sings a Pink song, clearly believing she’s fantastic, then stands on the stage, facing the judges and waiting for their verdict.
It’s not good. As they deliver their (valid) opinions, her mouth starts to tremble and she is visibly incredulous. She cannot believe they didn’t find her performance great.
But, they give her another chance.
And then they all say “No.”
Her disappointment is painful to see as her smile fades away and her eyes take on the look of a dog that’s just been kicked for no reason it can understand. She loses her rag and goes into tantrum-hyperdrive, flinging the microphone, shouting obscenities.
This unfortunate event happened some time ago – I don’t know exactly when, but certainly not when the show aired on Saturday. So it had been sitting on a shelf gleefully awaiting the opportunity to share it with the world. To humiliate a girl who had already been humiliated at the time, who has humiliated herself, and who must have felt horrified and wounded after the event.
How is this entertainment?
Yes, she behaved badly. But had her hopes been built up by her parents and the show producers, telling her she was as wonderful as she obviously thought she was? I bet they had. I bet she walked onto that stage thinking this was her moment, the first step on the road to the stardom they promised to her. And five minutes later her dreams were shattered and she’d made a fool of herself. The happy, bouncy positive girl is now a wild wreck. There’s something about all this that smacks to me of manipulation.
Not only has her humiliation been witnessed by however many millions of people still watch the X-factor, but she’s being vilified in the press, on Facebook and Twitter.
The whole sorry episode could and should have been left on the cutting floor – but wait! Isn’t it great fodder for the show!
Sorry, it wasn’t funny, and it isn’t entertainment. It’s just sad.