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Not exactly SNL, but...

Posted at 1:28 PM on June 16, 2008 by Fred Child (1 Comments)

If John McCain can joke about being old on Saturday Night Live...why not?

Soprano Deborah Voigt made headlines in 2004 as the singer who was deemed too fat. The casting director of London's Royal Opera House production of Ariadne auf Naxos decided Voigt wouldn't look right in the black dress chosen for a particular scene.

Voigt had gastric bypass surgery that year, has lost 135 lbs., and now...the Royal Opera House has asked her back to sing the same role, and wear the same black dress.

To get word out, her publicity team has put together 3 minutes of entertainingly self-promotional self-mockery.

From the AP story:

"I didn't need the Royal Opera House to tell me I was fat," Voigt said. "I knew I was fat." She now concedes she wouldn't have been right for the production, and thinks opera's increased focus on image is here to stay. "I think that the face of opera is changing," Voigt said. "To assume that one can weigh 300-plus pounds and still be viable on today's opera stage is naive. I tell that to young singers." "Opera has changed immensely in my generation and it is going to change more."


Comments ( 1 )

Kudos to this artist for having the bravery to make fun of herself. Maybe now, we can say: It's not over until the remarkably fit lady sings.

This speaks of deeper issues. While obesity is clearly a danger in many aspects to one's health, the Boomer assault on banning smoking is just a prelude to their next cause: people who are overweight.

Making fun of people who are overweight is the last socially acceptable prejudice. There are already signs that once smoking is illegal, then people who are even slightly overweight will be targets. You read it here first.

Funny thing. I wonder why alcohol is never a target for Boomers.

Posted by Jim Lange | June 23, 2008 9:16 AM

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