August 02, 2004

Halle? Don't Try to Help

WE HAD BEEN inclined to applaud Halle Berry, whom we once saw in a James Bond film, for recently making some strong statements against the practice of women having plastic surgery. Unfortunately, Ms Berry made her remarks in such a clumsy and boorish fashion that we're instead annoyed with her for being so insensitive about the matter.

The AFP reports that Ms Berry, whose outburst on the subject was made during a promotional event for her latest unfortunate film, said as follows:

There is this plastic, copycat look evolving and that's frightening to me," said the 37-year-old actress.

"I see women in their thirties getting plastic surgery. I do think we've become obsessed with beauty and the fountain of youth and frankly, personally, I'm really saddened by the way women mutilate their faces today in search of that."

A beauty contest winner at the age of 17, Berry became an actress after a successful modeling career.

Now, we would hope that Ms Berry was trying to say she was saddened young women would voluntarily undergo a risky elective surgical procedure in hopes it would improve their appearance. However, the quote shows clearly that what Ms Berry said was that female plastic-surgery patients have instead made themselves appear less attractive through that surgery.

This is not very nice, especially considering that Ms Berry is quite beautiful herself. We cannot truly know how women feel about this issue -- but we know, as a man, we would be a bit annoyed if a particularly rich man bemoaned the fact so many people were working hard to afford certain material comforts. Indeed, we would have three words for such a pronouncement -- and we reckon you can deduce those.

Back to our original point, though. It does concern us that some women believe they need plastic surgery to achieve some higher standard of beauty. For one thing, plenty of these women are already perfectly hot, and risking that seems extremely foolish. For another, we suspect the increasing number of surgery cases may in part be because some women are unhappy in other areas of their lives, and the clear fix would be to address those problems first.

Our main concern, however, is that the standard these women are trying to reach is an impossible one. There is simply no way that any woman -- or any man, for that matter -- can compete with beauty artifically enhanced by loads of makeup, specially-designed haute couture dresses or suits, or what have you. We know this because we have met a few famous and beautiful people up close and without makeup, and we really weren't impressed. So, as a result, it gravely concerns us that women would consider plastic surgery as a way to become more beautiful. There are plenty of ways that are both cheaper and less risky to approach the issue.

In short, ladies, you're hot and we love you. Q.E.D.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at August 2, 2004 07:22 PM | TrackBack