Want to be famous? Were you bullied?

It’s the media calling card of too many media-whores, wannabes and quasi- and self-promoting celebrities of late and it’s getting boring.

Since when did the rite of passage from nobody to semi-nobody, or Twitter star, become noted by the obligatory bullying story?

Let’s take The Voice wannabe Delta Sarah De Bono as a case in point (mind, no relation to Edward).

The 20-year-old voice formerly of Sunshine College is drawing upon her experiences battling schoolyard bullying to win The Voice. Oh, wow – you too?

Her mum has weighed in: telling the Herald Sun “kids don’t seem to like it when you do singing”.

Doesn’t sound like typical bullying material. Who am I to judge? Oh wait, I am, in this post.

I shouldn’t hold Sarah De Bono completely to account for utilising the bullying sob story; she’s one of but many in the game sharing their tale of woe and desperation as a teen.

Every time we hear from Ruby Rose, it tends to be laced with tales of her bullied history. There’s also Miley Cyrus, Demi Levato, Chris Rock, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks, Megan Fox. I could go on.

Oh and there was also the Australia-famous sob attempt by a mother of a dyslexic on last season of MasterChef. Mother. Of. A. Dyslexic. I know!

The dyslexic aside, I’m going to draw on comments from a rather smart colleague, and one who also went to a girls’ school: people don’t get bullied for being pretty. I expect the same goes for a good voice. In my experience, and I hang out with a person who can sing (all the time), it’s not something people pull you out on and use to put you down.

Focusing on the dyslexic for a minute – what did she expect from that one? A dyslexic?

The old story of sob was the broken home. Strange how it doesn’t seem to float anymore – can’t say much for the marriage-split rate, can it?

Contestants like Sarah De Bono on The Voice and the mother of a dyslexic shouldn’t need a story. I know they want a media angle and the sob-story tends to be lapped up, but how about just letting their voice – their cooking – tell the story? Why do you want people’s sorrow in your quest for success?

I see with celebrities it can be an attempt to normalise themselves – the I’m just like you claim – but it just doesn’t take away from the fact that it makes them sound lame.


Image from here.


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