To the editor:
Regarding the article written by Associated Press reporter Ben McConville about Scotland’s Susan Boyle (Journal-World, April 17): The miracle of this woman’s effect on millions of people worldwide renders her worthy of our deepest respect. The combination of talent, courage and humility that allowed her to step on stage and perform to a skeptical audience who were openly laughing at her is a model of character for all of us.
McConville’s lack of sensitivity in describing Ms. Boyle was as stunning to this reader as was Ms. Boyle’s performance to Simon Cowell. The “AP writer” following the reporter’s name does not give him license to further demean his subject. Using words like “frumpy,” “chubby,” “wiggling … her hips awkwardly,” discredit the writer and the Associated Press. He is either very young, new to the business or both.
I’m old-fashioned when it comes to the quality of writing I expect from the national press. McConville is just one example of the deterioration in the quality of newspaper writing as a whole — perhaps also of the degree to which our society’s acceptance of the ridicule of others has become entrenched.
Bravo, Susan Boyle, for awaking us from our stupor!