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Posts Tagged ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

Anti-Bullying Song Goes Viral

May 16, 2014

 

 

I’m not a fan of television talent shows because I find them exploitative and I feel manipulated as a viewer. I also object to the audience reaction shots and backstage interruptions. But having said that, much credit must be given to the young singers above for their stellar performance and for taking the anti-bullying message to millions of people worldwide:

 

Two teenage boys wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges with their rendition of Faith Evans and Twista’s “Hope,” changing the rap verses to reflect their feelings about bullying.

The duo — Bars and Melody — delivered an emotional performance that brought audience members to their feet and tears to some of their eyes. The video from last week’s show has since gone viral, attracting nearly 8 million views.

“I like the fact that they wrote their own song based on life experiences,” judge Simon Cowell told ITV on the network’s website after the audition. “People are going to root for them and they’ve got this great friendship that is so obvious when you watch them together.

The judges have moved Bars and Melody into Britain’s Got Talent’s semi-finals.

But the good news doesn’t stop there. It appears Bars and Melody has influenced bullies to apologize to their victims or stop their bullying altogether:

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Never Take the Dream out of the Child

March 3, 2014

ellis cashmore

It doesn’t matter how far fetched a child’s dreams may be, or how much it seems to distract them from their schoolwork, their dreams are vital to their growth and development.

A child’s dream is indicative of where their passions lie, and too many of us suppress our passions in favor of the socially acceptable and mundane. Not every child can become a pop star or gold medalist, but there is nothing wrong with aspiring to be either.

When I was a teenager I wished to be involved with movie making. I didn’t have to be the star or the director, I would have settled being the personal assistant to the editor.

Fast forward to adulthood and I may not be in the movie industry as such, but my desire to make it in movies was particularly helpful and instructive. It made me aware that what I really wanted was to make a difference. Just like the movies I watched as a child made a difference to me, I wanted to find a career that would allow me to inspire others.

That’s why I am completely at odds with the academic that spoke against allowing children to dream big:

Focusing on sporting success is a waste of time because ‘very, very few children’ are going to make it, an academic has said.

Ellis Cashmore, a professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University, says there is little proof that the Olympic Games create any kind of meaningful sporting legacy.

And he believes it is high time parents realised children are more likely to make the finals of shows like The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent than become sporting heroes of any sort.

‘We shouldn’t be trying to channel all of our energy into this pursuit of excellence in sports when very, very few children are going to succeed at any kind of level at all,’ he said.

‘My answer to parents who tell me their child might become a leading footballer or athlete is that they are putting them at risk of serious injury or closer to the world of performance-enhancing drugs.

‘I ask them: “Are you happy about that?” and they say: “It won’t happen to my child”.

‘To which I reply: “But it goes with the territory”. The cheats are very often those at the top.

Ellis Cashmore says there is little proof that the Olympic Games create any kind of meaningful sporting legacy

‘Do we want to churn out one-dimensional characters who leave no stone unturned in pursuit of excellence?’

 

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