I went to a live show performance at a local venue the other night. The performance received a standing ovation. It started me thinking about the last time I went to a live performance in Saskatoon that did not get a standing O. A standing ovation is a form of applause where members of a seated audience stand up while applauding after extraordinary performances of particularly high acclaim.
They are considered to be a special honour. However, let’s face it, not every single live show, musical performance or speech is deserving of such. There’s a difference between good and outstanding. But it seems that we end up giving standing ovations all the time. The audience begins applauding at the end, then at some point one person stands up, then another and next thing you know everyone is standing out of fear it will look strange if everyone in your row is on their feet while you remain seated. Standing ovations have particularly become devalued at political gatherings where the leader’s speech gets a stage-managed standing ovation. Standing ovations should be given when something was outstanding and deserved not when something was good or enjoyable.