CNN.com! Congrats! Their intrepid exposé of the seedy, aesthetically obsessed music industry has brought to light an issue that most people would never believe, if it weren’t for CNN’s daring report.
She was an “amazing talent,” a young singer with a wonderful voice who wrote beautiful songs. But she was no beauty, plus flat-chested and overweight to boot. Remembering the aspiring star, music executive Jody Gerson still feels terrible about thinking: “She’s never going to get signed, even though she’s fabulous.”
Gerson might feel even worse after Wednesday night’s exit of the matronly Melinda Doolittle from “American Idol.” In today’s music industry, Plain Janes need not apply. Sex appeal was once considered a bonus for a woman; now it’s practically a requirement.
Doolittle and the heavyset, gap-toothed LaKisha Jones were widely considered this season’s most talented “Idol” contestants. Yet both were eliminated from the final four in favor of Blake Lewis, who makes the teen girls swoon, and the long-locked, 17-year-old looker Jordin Sparks. (Watch “Idol” chatter: Shock at Doolittle’s dismissal )
The only two in the Top 40 who might not be considered perfect 10s: Pink, who is still svelte and appealing; and multiplatinum Grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson, who got her break only through winning the democratically elected “American Idol.”
When asked whether a female with so-so looks and sex appeal could get a record deal, Gretchen Wilson quickly replied: “They can’t.”
The article goes on and on, but you get the basic idea: You have to be pretty to make it in show business. Does the word “duh” mean anything to you, CNN? It has pretty much always been thus. Sure, there are historic exceptions (the article points out Barbara Streisand, but she was totally cute back in the day, so whatever), but the American public has always had a bias for pretty people.
Also, I would like to point out the contradiction in their argument, because I am nitpicky like that. They use American Idol rejects Melinda Doolittle (who was adorable, despite her resemblance to Shrek) and LaKisha Jones to make their point, and then later imply that Kelly Clarkson only became a multiplatinum Grammy winner because she was elected “democratically” on American Idol. Well, make up your mind! Is the American Idol fan base obsessed with appearance, or not?
Also, um, Pink looks like a dude.