Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
The old 'Too ugly for TV' argument raises its ugly head…
…Courtesy of the beautiful, radiant Samantha Brick. Don’t look directly at her lovely face, her lovely looks might turn you into a bunch of lovely daffodils.
A couple of weeks ago, TV executive and deluded soul Samantha Brick wrote in the Daily Mail about how breathtaking her beauty is, and was subject to a tirade of online abuse. The fact that she is quite plain looking added to the absurdity of her article, but each to their own.
The thing is, love her or loathe her Samantha Brick was a hit, around 1.5 million people read her article after it went viral. So now, the Daily Mail insists on publishing weekly articles full of this woman’s ego-fuelled madness.
The whole thing reminds me of school bullies. The relationship between the Daily Mail and Samantha Brick is nasty. Like the playground bully’s victim, Samantha Brick seems to set herself up for ridicule in return for a glimpse of acceptance. But the Daily Mail knows that anything this woman writes will result in a high-traffic knee-jerk reaction from Joe Public – and no doubt her latest offering will warrant yet another series of 'Why my delusions of grandeur mean I can speak nasty home truths about anyone I like' pieces. All the while, everyone – the editors, the journalists, the readers, the world – is egging her on and laughing at her.
So what is Samantha Brick harping on about this time?
Old Bricky is talking about Mary Beard who presents Meet the Romans on BBC2. Poor Mary Beard had to defend herself after a particularly vitriolic attack from TV critic AA Gill (a plank of the highest order) over her personal appearance.
Not ones to miss a BBC-bashing opportunity, the Daily Mail then set Samantha Brick loose on the dusty, academic TV presenter. I imagine Paul Darce sitting back in his executive chair, rubbing his hands with glee.
And, true to form Mrs Brick writes that she is 'sorry, but some people ARE too ugly for TV!' I can hear her petulant, whiny protestations hundreds of miles away…
'Anyone who seeks out an on-screen is setting themselves up for a fall,' she writes. 'They are laying themselves open to endless — and, in my opinion, entirely justified — appraisal of their looks.'
But there’s more… 'The greatest tragedy isn’t Ms Beard’s wild hair, ungainly posture or make-up free face: it’s the fact that the BBC didn’t offer her guidance on her appearance in the first place.'
Some people just don’t know when to shut up.
But the time of writing, Samantha Brick has already attracted nearly 500 reader comments. And they are all unanimously begging the Daily Mail to stop publishing her articles.
And here am I, also begging the Daily Mail to please, for the Love of God, STOP publishing her bilious nonsense!
If I want to watch a BBC 2 documentary about the Romans, I don’t expect the presenter to look like someone from TOWIE. I don’t care what they look like. Capiche?