So Glad My First Name Isn’t Cheryl

Posted on October 6, 2010


I don’t often pay much attention to the likes of the Sun and News of the World but whilst on Twitter a few articles were trending and I decided to take a peek.   On another point I don’t usually write about this kind of stuff but this topic sparked something in me and that is what my writing is about.   This news is all about Cheryl Cole’s decision to not put through certain contestants on the XFactor, in favour of two girls for what a group of people deem are more talented.  I really feel for those contestants as it must be exceptionally hard to go through all the stress and emotions to put yourself out there and then have to face the facts that you aren’t going to go any further this time.


I tried to imagine what it must be like, how you must have to put your daily life on hold to pursue this dream.  If you’ve got a job, do you take an extended holiday? Or do you throw it all in on the off chance that you may be successful in each of the rounds? Or that your brief encounter with fame will be enough to get you a bigger shot at it outside of XFactor if you aren’t successful?

Whatever they have to do, I admire these people with the drive and passion to put themselves through this, each one of them is already a star in my mind because it takes a hell of a lot of courage to do that regardless of the outcome.

What we know is that there can only be one winner and as much as we all believe that we have the experience and know-how to decide who we think should go through, we generally don’t.  I know what I like but I don’t know whether someone’s singing is pitch perfect or if their vocal range is limited.  I also don’t know from a business perspective whether the person standing there with their heart and soul on the line are what would be declared as an asset in that industry and an asset that is marketable.  This is why the judges make those decisions; they’ve built their life and made a lot of money in this industry so I do believe they know what they are talking about.  They narrow it down to the top 12 and then the decision is handed over to the public week by week.  So who are we as the public with limited if no experience of this industry to start throwing accusations, vile name calling, set up Facebook hate sites and worst of all send death threats against the people who do?

What shocks me in all this is that if you are misfortunate enough to be named Cheryl this death threat now also applies to you, the paper’s focus on how this threat was sent to Cheryl but it quite clearly states that anyone with the same name will suffer.  I found this quote on the MTV site:

“Wat u have now done is f*** up every white girls lives who’s silly mothers dat named der child cheryl. Cuz I’m just going to f***** bang drop dem and dey won’t even know why.”

Quote from MTV article – click here to read the full story:

The likelihood of this person being able to get to Cheryl is ridiculous but to kill innocent people because of a decision on a television programme and push the blame over to her to say if someone named Cheryl gets killed – it’s your all your fault for not putting my favourite through.  It’s ludicrous; it’s shocking and it’s totally mental but it really makes me wonder if all the sane rational people have been locked away.    

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What happened to entertainment? I enjoy watching these things, I like that we get a choice and a chance to have our vote or say on it and I don’t want that taken away from me because of the idiots out there.  Has our requirement for entertainment grown to the extreme? Because people are given the choice to vote on a portion of the show they actually believe they should chose the outcome from the very start and that they have a right to do something so terrible if it dares to disagree with them.

Well if all life was like that, we probably would be left with only a few gun tooting cowboys, who believe only what they say and want is final and will then shoot it out about why you’ve got beans instead of spaghetti.   Behaviour like this only leads people to believe that they can carry on the same way and invariably and unfortunately they do.  Ultimately it leads to legislation and lock down for freedom of speech and thought in social networking sites because of a small minority of twisted people who clearly need some medical attention.