Saturday, January 16, 2010

Perfection perceived as portal to personal pride

Heidi Montag, you f*cking idiot. Have you heard about this? If not, click here. Just a few weeks ago, I posted an article on Brittany Murphy's death which may have been attributed to the pressures of looking like a "perfect" Hollywood starlet. Now this. It's simply disheartening. Do we learn nothing from Hollywood casualties? People are DYING to be "perfect" and now I have to hear about Heidi's TEN plastic surgery procedures? WTF?

She used to look like a person, now she looks like a droid. Bland, unoriginal, unremarkable. Like a thousand other Barbie-esque beauties. No distinguishing features. No wow factor.

She claims she wanted "to become the best me". Sweet mother of God. If going under the knife is the path to self-acceptance, we're all in serious trouble. I'm not against plastic surgery, in principle, for victims of accidents who've been left seriously scarred or children born with cleft palates. 

But voluntarily getting sacs of fluid stuffed in your breasts that will need to be replaced in 10-15 years and might leak in the meantime because you're feeling insecure is just sad. Fake boobs don't even look real. Doesn't that defeat the purpose?

And that's just one of Heidi's ten procedures. Think of the people you find most memorable - there's always something about them that is unique, that stands out. Why would you want to erase what makes you an original?

If you're still thinking elective plastic surgery isn't so bad, read this. A culture that promotes such a narrow view of what the human body should look like is seriously ill. There are six billion or so people on the planet. Somehow, I don't think we were all meant to look the same.

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