Earlier this week A Danish website ‘Beautiful People.Com’ removed 30,000 ‘ugly’ people from it’s website. It seems their site was hacked, which allowed thousands of people usually deemed ‘unsuitable’ to be accepted automatically as members. It took weeks for the error to be noticed before action was taken to remove these undesirable ‘members’. I believe their sign up fees have since been returned to them, along with an apology for the distress caused.
Beautiful People.Com advertises itself as a site for creating personal and professional relationships. To become a member applicants need to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex. Those voting members have 48 hours to decide if they find the applicant beautiful or not. If enough members cast a yes vote those ‘lucky’ applicants are granted membership to that elite group of people.
With over 700,000 members worldwide only 1 in 7 applications are successful. To submit your application you must include a picture (duh!), your height, weight and zodiac sign.
There have been claims that all this has been a publicity stunt, but last January the site banned 5,000 of it’s own members for putting on too much weight over the Christmas period! How did they know? Had they positioned a webcam in every member’s home?
My personal viewpoint about this site is unimportant, cyberspace has many sites that have extreme views and prejudices. There should be room on the internet for everybody to have a voice, and unfortunately some of these do turn out to be very unpleasant.
Consider the high number of altered/false pictures which are a continuing problem with traditional dating sites. I can only imagine the anguish and frantic digital airbrushing going on when applying to join this particular site.
It has been interesting to read many forum posts about this story. People are actually posting their views on how beautiful or ugly different nations are. Just for the record us Brits and Germans don’t come out of this well. Beautiful People.Com agrees with the majority of forum comments, as the highest percentage of rejects come from these nations. Sweden and Norway come top of those nations considered the most beautiful and attractive followed by France and Brazil.
Now I know that if you factored in a sense of humor into the equation, those figures would change immediately. Also add in an arrogance and civility scale and you’d end up with a very different picture.
If decisions about say, getting a job or buying a house, were based solely on looks, the majority of people would be unemployable and living rough.
I am starting up a dating resource and information blog later this year and I will make a point of providing helpful advice to those people who consider themselves physically disadvantaged in some way. I will also consider including beautiful people when providing helpful advice, I would hate to be accused of discriminating against them!
If you consider yourself ugly, overweight or even beautiful you are welcome to leave a comment.