People who follow me on Twitter will know that I joined in the fun having a laugh at the expense of Samantha Brick, the woman who wrote an article explaining how she used her gourgeous level of shaggability to get men to do her bidding. She paraded how much stuff this strategy had got for her. But she also conceded that the downside was that her less attractive female friends hated her out of jealousy for her good looks. The photos illustrating the article revealed her to be maybe not quite the stunning beauty her article suggested.
I hope nothing I said about her was too unkind, but I have to confess that I enjoyed the sense of superiority over someone who seemed to have a rather inflated view of her own self worth. I am not so sure I was right to do so now I have had some time to think about it, and also seen other pictures of Ms Brick. It turns out that while she probably isn’t eye catching enough to actually stop traffic, she did look a lot better than whoever edited the original Mail article wanted us to believe. And I don’t think it was in any way an accident.
So basically I was suckered by the Mail. I reacted in exactly the way the paper intended me to. And it looks like the Mail and presumably the manipulative Ms Brick will have cash in the bank to prove that they were the clever ones. Oh well, we all get taken for a ride sometimes. And if I had thought of putting loads of pictures of female celebrities not wearing many clothes down the side of my blog I might actually make as much money as the Mail does. The only thing that bothers me a bit is that Samatha Brick is a freelancer. I hope she was in on the deal and that she too knew what the game was. If it was the case that she genuinely thought she was writing an article that was contributing something and didn’t know how the Mail was planning to deploy it then I wouldn’t be so philosophical. I am not a big fan of the Mail to begin with, but I hope even they wouldn’t be that evil.
But what can we learn from all this? First off, some of the comments on-line about Samantha Brick were pretty unkind. It is fun at that time but I don’t think mocking the appearance of fellow human beings is a route to long term happiness. Also it is worth double checking who the mug actually is when you are having a laugh at someone else’s expense. And most of all, always remember that the last thing you should trust is the main stream media.