Three attractive popular kids strut down a high school hallway. The first two look aggressively smug, while the third one appears mild mannered.
Popular Kid 1: We rule the school because we’re all hot and football captains!
Popular Kid 2: Yeah!
Popular Kid 3: I can’t acknowledge my hotness because it would make me less hot.
The first two popular kids point mockingly at someone standing offscreen.
Popular Kid 1: Oooooh, get a look at Ugly Una!
Popular Kid 2: What’s wrong, Una, don’t you know what a mirror is?
The popular kids are pointing at an extremely attractive and stylish girl wearing a cartoonishly oversized pair of horn-rimmed glasses and a name tag that reads, “Hello, my name is NERD.”
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Comments on Teen Drama
LOL … I love it! After all, we all know that glasses hide hotness – that’s how it works for Clark Kent, too.
Great one again, Bunny and Chris!
It’s funny bc it’s true!
Can’t have *actually* unattractive characters shown onscreen, society would crumble! Can’t have any characters who genuinely don’t care about being perceived as hot by others, the world would end!
Have you heard of Hollywood’s Mortal Engines movie, where the female lead has a fetching little scar on her cheek? Well in the books (which are far better) this scar (literally) tears her face in half. She is described as being difficult to even look at without pity or revulsion. But of course we can’t have that kind of ugliness onscreen, because it’s, well, ugly.
Sorry for the rant, I agree with you.
(Minor spoiler for Infernal Devices)
That aspect of the movie ironically resembles this moment in the third book, when Hester visits the “Nimrod Pennyroyal Experience” museum in Brighton and gets mad about the super gorgeous painting of her with only that fetching little scar on her cheek.
And even if they’d by some miracle decided to make the scar big, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been truly disfiguring. More like some sort of goth decoration.
Kind of like Hollywood “poverty.”
An apartment that would actually cost $2000 per months, but ugly furniture. Or a ranch house instead of a two level house in the burbs. Maybe also ugly furniture and old fashioned wallpaper.
The really offensive part is that this was predicted in the books when she happened to read a book (or maybe watch a play?) based on her adventures and was upset and annoyed that the protagonist had a dainty little scar that only served to accentuate her beauty.
The protagonist was probably a much nicer person than she was too, with only the sort of trauma that makes people sad and strong, not the sort that makes them codependent and emotionally distant.
To be fair, oversexualization can be quite a turn-off.
And at least for me, Una looks rather uncanny.
Wait, wait, she also needs to have her hair in a bun. How else will we get the dramatic slow-mo scene of her taking the ponytail out, having her hair suddenly triple in volume as it cascades down her shoulders?
That reminds me of somewhere where the girl said “I meant ugly like in Hollywood ugly, not… you”
I’m sorry for nitpicking, but this comic violates Hollywood Trope No256-991.
Namely, the “Beautiful All Along” female character has been depicted with her hair down before the reveal of her beauty. Please correct your mistake and put her hair into a bun, or any other unflattering hairstyle. Be sure to keep the glasses!
Thank You for Your cooperation.