Friday, 6 April 2012

Self Esteem and Nemesis

Sorry, idle readers. Filling the expense form for the Riviera trip took a whole month.

I have been meaning to blog about the ridiculous woman who wrote in the Mail that she had no female friends because she was so attractive to men, yadda yadda. We searched the article in vain for some note of irony or april-fool leg-pull, but there were no signs. Truly, she rated herself 10/10 and was pretty smug about it. One suspected that, on balance, she was content to have no sheila mates because of her drop dead gorgeousness.

Trouble was, and you probably guessed this, she was a dog. Not a minger, perhaps, nor even a munter, but no great shakes. One would need beer goggles, I think. The comments on the Mail website ran to thousands and were not, it must be said, kind. She became, by stages, less of a looker than Clare Short, than Cherie Blair, than Angela Dworkin. It was cruel stuff.

So why did she invite this shitstorm, one wonders? I was pondering just that question when I read this:

This tosser, I allow, has not suggested that he is Errol Flynn, or George Clooney. But he doesn't half fancy himself! Utterly brilliant, he is. No short run of luck in the FX markets for him - this is just the start of something BIG. We "can't help but respect and admire" him, his independent and objective website says. Alex Hope may only be 23 but, by crikey, we're all going to hear about him! There's Hope for the UK economy, one might pun.

How did we get to this? What makes these people of boundless self-confidence turn into monstrous egotistical numpties and invite scorn and derision upon themselves?

Is it:
A. Britain's Got Talent
B. The X Factor
C. The Voice
D. All of the above


Scrobs... said...

E: - Ed Balls; a devious, unliked, competitive, avaricious, opportunist, public-funded, unpleasant person.


Philipa said...
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L'ancien matelot said...

Fantabulous indeed, but did I not read somewhere that certain authorities are/were now investigating his activities?

En passant, didn't Frank Sinatra sing a song about "Call me irresistable" ? Must be catching, or something...

Elby the Beserk said...

Fifteen minutes of fame?

Thud said...

all of the above coupled with a generation or two educated to not have any values beyond me me me does the trick.

Sebastian Weetabix said...

Good to see you back, Idle. The absences are too long - but I daresay you have to make a living in between Jollies.

I noticed when forced to interview some school-leaver applicants recently that ALL the little f***ers were absolutely brimming over with confidence and self-esteem, in inverse proportion to the literacy & numeracy they exhibited. I got the feeling that none of them had ever been bollocked or even constructively criticised in their lives. (I'm told by a world-weary teaching acquaintance that this is now called "bullying".) Don't get me wrong, they were nice kids, and after they have adjusted to reality I daresay they'll get on - they wanted to work.

I laughed years ago when the reactionary old Chartered Engineer who was my mentor told me that the surest way to ruin in any profession was to have a majority of women. He insisted that standards would drop because, and I quote:
"they're too touchy-feely and empathetic. They can't wait to get in cycle with the Moon and each other and they lack the competitive killer instinct.
So they don't challenge anyone, let alone sack the useless mouths, and standards drop. To keep up standards it's not enough to praise good behaviour and dish out lumps of sugar. You've got to be prepared to dish out a good f***ing kicking from time to time."

I used to think this was hilarious but looking at teaching and medicine these days I begin to wonder if he was on to something.

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