Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Why People Hate Me

I'm brilliant!


Apparently just saying it makes it true. Everyone knows it and everyone's jealous. Oh, yes and anyone who denies my brilliance is just reinforcing my statement that everyone's jealous of me. (Still with me?)


A few days ago in the Daily Mail, (come on, it can't just be my dirty little secret) a moderately attractive woman, Samantha Brick (so many jokes there) claimed that other women hate her because she's so beautiful. Like many, I initially assumed that the DM had posted the wrong photo with the article. Yes, the woman is pretty, but you'd pass her in the street. Not according to Ms. Brick though - she gets freebies all the time from smitten men, and is treated appallingly by most women who can't stand her standing next to them. 


Despite the Twitter world lighting up in hysterics, asking the woman what planet she's on, and much much worse, she's sticking to her original statement that she's so beautiful she causes most of us females to act like total bee-atches when she's around. I have to admit, she's being very clever with it - "While I've been shocked and hurt by the global condemnation, I have just this to say: my detractors have simply proved my point. Their level of anger only underlines that no one in this world is more reviled that a pretty woman".


So, I'll just say it again "I'm so brilliant; particularly in the writing field, which is why I only have one book out at the moment. Other writers are in cahoots with their agents and publishers the world over, to stop me getting my work out to my readers. They're jealous and afraid of my potential sales figures."


Excuse me while I head over to Tweet this, and just remember that if you deny it, it makes it even more true.


Because I said so!

23 comments:

Iota said...

I don't even know where to start...

A Woman Of No Importance said...

You are one million times her worth, Expatrice.

If Samantha Brick is real (as I fear that Liz Jones is not) she is a prime narcissist and needs some help with her massive ego, non?!

She is not beautiful, but average, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I feel there's something not quite right about Samantha - Have you seen those pics of her Carpenter Husband - Gun in hand, saying she can't put on any weight, or not get dressed for breakfast, while he looks as if he's let himself go to the dogs - I wonder that we ever got the vote!

I do!

Eve said...

I think it's problematic that we immediately jump to assess whether or not she is right in thinking herself beautiful.

The issues raised (albeit by the DM - hardly the most socially conscious of "news" papers!) that I find particularly interesting are whether women do ostracise other women when they are threatened and why/why not; why it is okay to say you are good at something but not that you are beautiful (whether true or not); where the cultural lines of honesty and "appropriate" levels of self-deprecation lie.

Assessing her based on her beauty, I think, might be missing the point, or rather, missing a good discussion about something with a bit more of a point! I think Brick will be suffering the knee-jerk reaction backlash to this for a long time to come.

Eve said...

I thought that this was one of the best responses I read:

http://sianandcrookedrib.blogspot.com/2012/04/throwing-bricks-and-feminist-hotties.html

Expat mum said...

Read that post (thanks) and commented. What I think is, that it's a gigantic April Fool's. When I first read it I thought perhaps she was one of those women that men find incredibly attractive but isn't conventionally beautiful.
Even if that is so however, what rubbed me the wrong way was the attitude." I am beautiful, women hate me for it and if you say a word against me you're just proving my point." Unbelievable.
And BTW, I have some very pretty and beautiful friends who have no problems with other women. It just takes a certain kind of woman to piss every other woman off, and there are some deep-rooted problems with that individual.

MsCaroline said...

I certainly hope it *is* an April Fool's, but if it isn't, I just feel sorry for her for not having any women friends. My women friends are kind, supportive, witty, encouraging, and loyal to a fault. If it takes being less fabulous-looking than Ms.Brick in order to enjoy and maintain such friendships, then it's a price I'm willing to pay!

About Last Weekend said...

I read about this but did not see her photo. You're right - it looks like they stuck the wrong pic next to it. I'm actually so awesome I haven't written a book because it would make others feel so bad. That makes me awesome and compassionate.

Northern Snippet said...

My thought initially was that it was an April Fool,but I'm a bit more cynical now.I think the paper set her up for it,paid her handsomely and as a result probably have the most viewed story this year(very satisfied advertisers).sad really when you consider the fact that it's not actually very interesting..
The husband didn't look much of a catch either for someone obsessed by outward appearance..

Maggie May said...

Could have been an April Fool but if not, then the old saying, *Pride comes before a fall* springs to mind!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Michelloui | The American Resident said...

Yes, I agree with many comments here about the crazy woman who got suckered by the DM to write something that she will petentially regret but only if she is remotely normal.

But what I really want to address is your brilliance. Fortunately, you can be assured of your brillance because you're in the award shortlists (TWO!) as a result of many people nominating you, not because your delusions put you there. So... no one will hate you for your brillance, I'm afraid (which makes it even more true) ;)

Clippy Mat said...

Whether she is beautiful or moderately attractive is not the point. She is addressing an issue which (some)women face and which the horrible backlash to her article proves; people love to destroy others. I would have taken her original point with a grain of salt and without feeling the need to destroy her as has happened and which is really too bad.
A storm in a teacup but still it's ugly.
:-)

Paul said...

The beautiful people always suffer so much. It's enough to make you cry. Well, almost.

As for writers, they have my genuine sympathy as the publishing world has its troubles nowadays with falling trade and new technologies.

Expat mum said...

You know Clippy - I don't even think that's true. There are a lot of beautiful people (by conventional standards) who are very popular also, even with women. It's the attitude that goes along with it that usually pisses people off.
Anyway, I was deliberately ignoring the beauty argument, to make my point that if you build it they will come. Oh no, that's Field Of Dreams. If you say it loud and long enough, it becomes a truth!

Expat mum said...

And Mish- wow. Thank you. ANd thanks to everyone who got me on the two lists!

Ariana said...

Hee hee! I read about this today, and thought it was absolutely hilarious. But her outlook did inspire me-- what is it that I would like to be? How can I believe in myself so hard that no one can stop me from being it? In some ways, it must be really nice to be her! (Of course, except for all of the hardship of being so gorgeous, wink wink!)

vegemitevix said...

One word describes this situation - narcissm. No actually two words - narcissm and clever publicity stunt. (Oh wait that's five words! See I'm clever too, it's why I don't have any friends)

Annmarie said...

Yes we women can be bitchy and back biting. But Ms Brick certainly would not make me feel threatened. She is not a classic beauty but pretty. She needs to develop a personality, maybe its this other women have difficulty connecting with.

Expat mum said...

I think the general consensus among women (from comments and TV conversations) is that it's not beautiful women that get our backs up, but arrogant women who see all other women as competition, and inferior competition at that.
I have some gorgeous friends and I trail around after them like an orphaned lamb, but I would never dislike them just because of their looks.

About Last Weekend said...

Shout-out to you today on my blog for inspiring my own post on this! Thank you!

The mum of all trades said...

Dare I say this seems to be an article aimed clearly at creating a furore? The woman is clearly average looking.

Irene said...

My first tendency is to feel sorry for her, but then she so obviously superior in her attitude that it rubs me the wrong way. I have few friends and I can only conclude that this must be because I am beautiful. I'm so glad I found that out because I finally have an explanation. Frankly, I would wish to be less beautiful and have more friends. Maybe if she let go of her delusion, she would realize that. She's a pathetic bit of woman and I wouldn't freely become friends with her.

English Mum said...

I hate you for being so brilliant.

Bless her, the woman's deluded. I had to laugh at someone on Twitter saying that the Daily Mail was like some sort of 'care in the community' project for mental women writers. So true.

Mummyattheschoolgate said...

hahaha...she's so been duped by the DM! She can't be that brilliant not to read how this was going to pan out? Ah well, the DM got their monies worth, Miss Brick will get her book deal and everyone will live happily ever after...if anyone will ever talk to her after this!

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