In the days since Scottish singer Susan Boyle wowed the crowd on "Britain's Got Talent" and lit up YouTube with tens of millions of hits, she's channeled
Rosie O'Donnell tells People magazine that Boyle is "like Shrek comes to life." That may sound like a stinging rebuke — after all, season-six "American Idol" contestant Melinda Doolittle was derisively labeled a Shrek-alike by online haters.
But O'Donnell, who herself has come in for more than her fair share of body-image abuse, said she intended the comparison as a positive one.
"That moment is what every artist tries to capture," she said. "Here is this freaky miss, a fat, ugly girl, like Shrek comes to life, directing energy towards her soul. This was so rare ... something authentic in a world that is usually manufactured. It was a perfect moment which will never happen again."
In 2006, O'Donnell got into a highly publicized feud with Donald Trump, during which he called her "an extremely unattractive person," "my nice fat little Rosie" and a "big, fat pig." And she's routinely mocked for her plus-size body on sites like TMZ.com.
According to O'Donnell, Boyle's performance was so extraordinary that it even transformed prickly Simon Cowell into a warm-hearted soul, albeit temporarily. "Simon Cowell was genuinely moved when he heard Susan Boyle sing," O'Donnell said. "He showed his humanity, and I actually liked him. It was a moment in time."