There is obviously a bit of a trend happening at the moment with all the fairytale films hitting the box office. Julia Roberts is in Mirror Mirror and there are rumours of Angelina Jolie playing the wicked witch of the West in a cinematic revival of The Wizard of Oz. This alongside an article that I read in the Daily Mail and the introduction of The Regime into my life has got me thinking about ‘who’s the fairest of them all’.
If you haven’t seen it, I do urge you to have a quick read of the article which basically is the story of a woman blaming all of her shortcomings (missing out on promotions, not having any girlfriends who want her as a bridesmaid) as well as attributing a lot of flattering gestures such as free drinks, free tickets and basically a load of other free stuff is down to her ‘beauty’.
It has proved rather controversial and the comments posted at the bottom of the page do not hold back. My first reaction, I have to admit was along the lines of ‘this is a bit self indulgent’ and then I started thinking that perhaps the poor woman was slightly deluded. Not because she’s a total insult to the eyes, but because she seems to have attributed all positive and negative occurrences in her life to her appearance.
“While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.”
Now, I’m not going to start flying the ‘sisters are doing it for themselves’ flag here, nor am I going to pretend that a lot of women (and men) don’t feel threatened or intimidated by beautiful people. But I will say that I don’t know of any one, particularly girls, that have ever said ‘I don’t like her’ to be asked ‘why?’ and then to respond ‘She’s too beautiful’.
It’s a bit of a ridiculous statement and it also seems like a bit of an excuse. I might be over generalising here, but she has a lengthy list of obscure random instances in her life that most people forget (walking into a party, standing in a queue etc) that she has memorised and created a whole narrative around, placing herself as Cinderella and all other women as the Wicked Witch.
The thousands of comments, and some are hilarious (sorry Samantha), demonstrate that people don’t like arrogance and self importance. She’s admitted to flirting her way through her career and blames any hiccoughs on the fact that she has been unfairly discriminated against. Maybe she didn’t get promoted because she wasn’t that great? Maybe spending the last 20 years talking about how amazing she is has caused her friends to give bridesmaid status to someone they believe will think of the bride over themselves for at least a day?
“Get over yourself love, you ain’t that special!!!” (A harsh, but personal fave)
Not quite the Happy Ending she was hoping for?