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It's the prudes who make me see red! - says Sabrina
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 28 October 1957
I'M not exactly the angry type. My job involves being gay and entertaining people. And I'm too astonished at my success in a few short years to be the bitter, brooding type who stays angry for long.
But I do get angry sometimes. I get angry about you —those smart-alecky critics who are constantly sneering at me. I got angry at that section of the public that supports them. And at those catty women whose jealousy makes them rude even to my face.
Venus is dumb, too
But that is not quite my point. Look at Venus do Milo. She acts pretty dumb. She can hardly dance, poor thing. But plenty of people have been getting enjoyment from looking at her for hundreds of years now.
Some call me a "dumb blonde." If I hadn't cashed in on my opportunities I would have been dumb indeed.
And with another couple of inches some of those catty women would have done the same as I.
Blow at the public
But now come the howls. Even to indignant anticipation that I might appear in the Royal Command Variety. Is Sabrina a dish to set before the Queen? they asked.
Why the devil can't they let us alone, these blue-nosed do-gooders who are so often out to spoil a bit of harmless fun? What hypocrisy It is to try to moralise over a Lancashire lass who was lucky enough to hit the public's fancy.
Who've got their sense of values out of proportion? Not I. My proportions are satisfactory thank you. and I've had the sense to cash in on them and try, with long hours of work, to improve myself for show business. Most of you seem to have enjoyed the process.
Even clergymen ask me to open their garden parties and bazaars. They don't do that because I sing in the choir or because they think I'm Dame Edith Evans. They know what they're doing. And I've probably raised more money for good causes than all my critics put together have ever done.
Room for me
But I don't believe that life is dull. Nor do you — most of you.
|The following day, Arthur Firth published this response|
30 October 1957 - Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday , p.6
THIS was Sabrina's article on Monday. Arthur Firth, who in the past has not been uncritical of this shapely lass, emerges from cover, and replies.
Oh, Sabrina! What a broadside!
PHEW! It's all quiet now. I can come out. The shooting has died down, and shapely Sabrina who launched the broadside in these columns on Monday, has ceased fire.
And that is what the critics did for Sabrina. Who can have failed to have read about the blonde girl from Blackpool, who hit television with an impact unequalled for a long time?
If it had not been for these so-called dismal jimmies I doubt if she would have been in a position to ask £100 to open a garden party or appear in top line revues.
Are we to blame if she made herself a stooge.
LONG ROAD AHEAD
I have seen her new song and dance act. the one to which she invited readers, and warn her that she has a long way to go yet before she reaches anything like perfection.
Count your cash again Norma, and I think you will agree it has been worth it.
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