What Is Ugly?
Behold the lowly blobfish!
Voted by the public as the ugliest animal on the planet, it is now the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
Now, clearly ugly, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I happen to react to this photograph with a soft and empathetic Aw-w-w-w-w-w.
Hooray for the blobfish for daring to be ugly—though evidently not with impunity, for so-called ugly animals have as hard a time of it, if not harder, than 'ugly' people. Even on the wildlife programme called 'Monkey Life', which takes place in a primate preserve in the South of England, the stump-tailed macaques are affectionately called 'Uglies'.
Who is going to save the uglies—human and animal? Well, evidently the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which started out as a joke (rather like the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society) but now has found its purpose, which is summed up in its name.
The animals have an advocate, but who is going to watch out for the ugly people in this society obsessed with impossible figures and faces, plastic surgery and frozen doll-like looks? It's a well-known fact that all sorts of people who are not fashionably 'beautiful' are discriminated against in all sorts of ways, from the way they earn their livelihood to the way they are served in a shop to the way they are cared for in hospital.
And don't think these so-called uglies don't know it.