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article imageOp-Ed: Adele berates use of sex to sell singers

By Viga Boland     Sep 27, 2012 in Entertainment
There's no denying sex sells. But that highly acclaimed bigger woman with the even bigger voice, Adele, sees exploiting a singer's sexuality as unnecessary and in poor taste.
In a very interesting article on HUFFPOST CELEBRITY (Canada), Adele feels that
Lady Gaga posting photos of herself in nothing but her bra and underwear and other fellow performers who strip down to next to nothing and simulate sexy romps are presenting a false image to their fans.
Maybe Adele is just being a bit prudish, but in that case, so am I for agreeing with her. You might think that of course Adele would feel this way: she's not exactly a light-weight. But Adele insists her weight has nothing to do with her comments:
I just stand there and sing. I’m not worried that I’m a ‘plus size’ and so much bigger than other artists," she told The Sun. "No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself.
Sadly though, while being happy with yourself and choosing to jjust stand there and sing has worked for Adele, over the past 20 or more years, just being a great singer with a superb voice like Adele's hasn't been enough for the fame-makers, the men in suits, to put their money behind an artist. How well I remember experiencing this first-hand with my own daughter when she was a chubby teen. She was always pretty and was born with a gorgeous voice, but time and again she was told by those "in the biz" that if she wanted to make it, she had to lose weight. When she finally decided to do just that, she dropped nearly 100 pounds and to this day is always watching her weight. Like Adele, she's happy to just stand there and sing. But is it enough? For the majority of aspiring artists, it appears it isn't. So take off your clothes, flaunt your body, and gyrate! It won't matter as much then if you're pitchy or pro-tooled. Most aren't listening anyway. They're busy watching the simulated sex show on the stage or video.
Though most of us are growing weary of shows like American Idol, they have been good for one thing: they have let audiences enjoy some of the best unsigned singers on the planet, many of whom are more than just a little overweight. Many times a judge has shown their surprise that this or that person hasn't yet been discovered. How thrilling it must be to that contestant who may have been happy to "just stand there and sing" for years to know that for once, someone sees them as they are, warts, weight and all, and thinks they're awesome. But in the end, will it be enough to help them reach the heights of a Lady Gaga or Rhianna? Will the music industry be happy to just let them stand there and sing. Will the music listeners ... or rather watchers ... be content with that? I think not, not if we're talking about "making it" really big.
We all know why too: there's just not as much money in those artists for the men in suits, and after all is said and done, the music business today is less about the talent and mostly about the money. Sexy artists, raunchy videos and simulated sex shows make money. End of story.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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