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Feel Good Friday – Downton Abbey Performs One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”


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  • Lerah99 April 19, 2013, 10:21 am

    This is so cute and fun! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Anonymous April 19, 2013, 10:27 am

    That’s funny, and it probably took hours to make that mash-up, so Jeanne, my hat goes off to you if this was your handiwork. However, I’m not a huge fan of that song. First of all, the boy in the song only focuses on complimenting aspects of the girl’s appearance–he never says anything about how intelligent, kind, caring, strong, talented, etc., she is. I think the song would be better if it included some of those things that are more than skin-deep. Second, the fact that the main character in the song is a boy, who’s singing to a girl, reinforces the idea that girls and women need male validation in the first place. I’ve always been a fan of Ani Difranco, and my four favourite “feel good” songs by her are:

    32 Flavours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVg7mtgEqGY

    Not A Pretty Girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSxArgJb33Y

    Imperfectly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbzjKPDdjs0

    Present/Infant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU17oIHGUCc

    All of these songs focus on the virtues of the “whole person,” but I’d have to say that Present/Infant is my most favourite, because Ani Difranco wrote it shortly after her daughter, Petah Lucia, was born, and the overall message of the song was that she loved her daughter unconditionally, so she was trying to love herself the same way. My favourite line in that song is “And I would defend to the ends of the Earth, her perfect right to be here.” I actually wrote that lyric on a T-shirt, at a Clothesline Project table at a vigil I went to this past December 6th, for the Montreal Massacre. In that case, “her” applied to every woman, even those oppressed by violence, and by other kinds of abuse as well. So, the message has many different meanings, but all of them go beyond physical appearance. That’s not to say that “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” isn’t a start, but I’d probably encourage my hypothetical, future daughter (or son) to listen to Ani Difranco as well.

  • S4R4H April 19, 2013, 10:48 am

    The sound editing is great but the cut scenes were so rapid, they made my head spin!

  • Amanda H. April 19, 2013, 12:02 pm

    This made me giggle.

    @Anonymous #2, perhaps that’s one more reason why I prefer the Piano Guys’ version of “What Makes You Beautiful”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VqTwnAuHws

  • AnnaMontana April 19, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Just AWESOMES!

  • Ellen April 19, 2013, 2:36 pm

    My favorite part is the substitution of “flabbergasted”. I had to go listen to the original song to see what it said there, because I couldn’t imagine that word in a pop song. A great feel-good clip!

  • DeborahS April 19, 2013, 9:25 pm

    I work with a bunch of teenage girls that love 1D and Downton Abbey and I know they will love this! Too cute.

  • Twik April 22, 2013, 10:54 am

    To Anonymous – I agree with you. Today’s entertainment industry seemingly cannot comprehend the idea of someone being beautiful for reasons other than physical perfection. No one today would ever write a line like Mary Well’s “He may not be a movie star/but when it comes to being happy, we are,” because the concept of being happy with someone who does not look like a model is unthinkable.

    Of course, this would mean that 99% of humanity was doomed to misery (and even th lucky 1% would eventually age and become less perfect), but that’s not a concern, apparently.