I’ve heard of Samantha Brick. A few weeks ago, there was a lot of fuss as she’d written an article about how other women hated her for being beautiful. I didn’t read the article at the time and remember feeling uplifted as someone was hated by many more people than I was.
The whole thing blew itself out but this morning, on Twitter, Brick’s name was everywhere because it appears she’s put her foot in it again for calling Mary Beard too ugly for TV in a new article. It was time for me to read both articles to see what all the fuss is about.
Let’s start with Brick’s first article, “‘There are downsides to looking this pretty’: Why women hate me for being beautiful?“. For a start, I don’t think that she is especially attractive. She’s certainly not ugly and in fact, I would say that she was remarkably average-looking.
This article starts off about how Brick regularly has drinks, meals, flowers and train tickets bought for by strangers for no other reason than because her “pleasing appearance and pretty smile made their day“. I’ll be honest; I’m surprised at this as it seems unlikely that most men Brick encounters are financially well-off enough to buy expensive gifts for random, average-looking women. It’s also evident that the men Brick attracts are fundamentally flawed, in that they appear to be financially well-off, generous and full of compliments yet are wasting all of these traits on a stranger in the street. Why don’t these amazing men have girlfriends or wives of their own? And if they do, why are these slimeballs buying strange women gifts?
I have a theory, which is loosely based on my argument above. My theory is that the men who shower Brick with gifts must do so because they think she is easy and hope that for the small outlay of a bottle of champagne, they’ll get a quickie in the restaurant or aeroplane toilet. At the very least, I’d expect a blowjob from a woman who allowed me to purchase her a train ticket.
Brick doesn’t state whether or not she accepts the gifts offered to her, but I suspect that she doesn’t once she realises what’s expected from her. Amazingly, I’ve just read somewhere that in this article, Brick was referring to around half a dozen instances that have occurred throughout her life. I can’t find this article now and can’t remember whether or not she includes her childhood years in this statement.
Brick also goes on to say how other women are jealous of her and that because of this, she’s never been asked to be a bridesmaid. I suspect that the cause of other women not being especially fond of her is down to her banging on about how on six occasions within her life, potential sex pests have bought train tickets and flowers for her because she’s easy-looking. It’s odd, because when you say it like that, it doesn’t sound so great at all, does it?
So, after reading this particular article, I’ve come to the conclusion that Brick may not have worded things as well as she would liked to have done and in all honesty, I find it impossible to believe that anyone could be that arrogant.
Now it was time to read Samantha’s second article, “‘Sorry, some women ARE too ugly for TV’: So says that self-proclaimed beauty, and former TV executive, Samantha Brick“. I don’t have a clue who Mary Beard is, but there’s a photo of her and apparently she presents something called “Meet the Romans“. Brick said of Beard:
“The greatest tragedy isn’t Ms Beard’s wild hair, ungainly posture or make-up free face: it’s the fact that the BBC didn’t offer her guidance on her appearance in the first place”
The uproar over comments made by Brick has been of massive proportions and once again, she has become a bit of a hate figure, especially on Twitter!
What people are failing to realise is that Brick is simply saying that as a face on TV, there are certain expectations. She also goes on to provide supporting evidence that if the presenter of a TV show isn’t attractive or at least presentable, viewers will switch over. Seeing as the whole point of TV is to attract as many viewers to your channel as possible, this makes perfect sense.
It’s worth noting that Brick also said that Beard is a:
“supremely intelligent and fiercely ambitious woman”
It doesn’t matter if you say it’s shallow, it’s immoral or it’s unfair; it’s the fact. Deny it all you like, but as humans, we are programmed to make judgements on appearances and whether you like it or not, you will already have made your mind up about someone before even getting to know them.
I have to say, I agree with Brick on this. Beard is obviously ‘an older woman’ but when you look at her, she’s not unattractive but her hair is wild and her face is plain. I’m assuming that you’d need to be interested in the Romans to consider watching her TV show in the first place but I genuinely feel that viewers would be retained if the presenter of a TV show was at the very least, presentable.
In summary, Brick’s first article was arrogant and wholly self-indulgent. After reading it, I was left thinking that she’s a bit of a tit.
However, her second article was absolutely spot-on and the furore that has arisen from it amongst many angry Tweeters has been blown way out of proportion. I’m willing to bet that most of the people offering their criticism haven’t even read the second article and have just jumped on the media bandwagon.
Brick hasn’t written this most recent article to cause controversy and attract attention to herself; she’s written her opinions on a subject that she has experience in, which she is entitled to do. Much in the same way that I write articles on Ninja Hedgehog; I do it because I want to. I don’t care whether or not you agree with me as I’m not after your acceptance. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Brick has made herself look stupid in the first article but I feel that with the second article, Brick has been unfairly criticised. Everyone should come down off of their high horses, actually read the article and admit that in all honesty, they would rather watch someone on TV who was slightly more presentable. If you don’t even have the dignity to do that, then you have no right to continue criticising Brick.