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A grown up beauty pageant?

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If you own a tv or a computer then it’s pretty hard to not have noticed that the Golden Globes took place a few days ago. Since then, the internet and the TV have been filled with photos of celebrity, making us all feel a bit more worried about losing those few extra kilos that we gained over Christmas. Looking at the red carpet pictures, it actually makes you think that these people skipped Christmas all together, I mean where did all the turkey and the chocolates go? They all look amazing. It does however make me think that the Award Ceremonies in Hollywood seem to be turning into more of a beauty pageant than a recognition of film or music. I mean it doesn’t really matter if you win the award for best film as long as you look good in your designer dress right?

Every year there is a trend colour which actresses seem to have to follow, this year it was ‘Pretty in Pink’ whereas next year they might all turn up in purple. It makes me wonder if they are all competing for the best dress in that colour instead of the best movie in the category.  Also, the more the media push the images from the event into our face, the more we subconsciously think about which dress we liked most and who looked best, thus turning it into a competition.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not. I’m the first to admit that I love looking through the red carpets photos and judging the best and worst dresses but maybe it’s not healthy for us to be focussing so much on the physical all the time. Not many of us are realistically going to look that good, in pink, in January, just after Christmas indulgences….

However, at these types of events, we must admit that the Hollywood men really do have it  much easier. They can turn up in a black suit feeling pretty confident that they won’t appear in the  ‘ Worst Dressed’  columns the following day…

If you think about it, most of the pictures we see are of the women in their pretty dresses, we don’t often see many photos of the men.  In the same way, we don’t really hear much about Mr USA or little boys in beauty pageants…do they even have beauty pageants for boys??  Definitely something to investigate.

Admittedly, the Hollywood ladies do have a much harder job getting ready, they have to choose a dress that: a) they like b) suits them c) makes them look as thin as possible and way better than everyone else and d) that the press and thus the rest of the world like too. Quite exhausting really! Although, I still think I would swap places with them any day if all I had to worry about was my dress for the Awards Ceremony!

 

Let’s take off the blindfold

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To be honest, I don’t really mind if a film has been awarded an Oscar, a Razzie or a Nobel Prize, I’ll still go and see it if it’s got a good trailer. The only thing I ask is that it makes me feel something while I’m watching it, whether this be angry, sad, happy, in love… anything!!

The Blind Side did exactly that. I had heard mixed views about the film but like I say that didn’t make a difference to me, I wanted to see it anyway and make up my own mind, and I’m glad I did.

It was one of those movies that made me leave the cinema thinking  a lot… about people, life, luck and just about how we live together in society nowadays.

The film may be a bit predictable but it’s not a storyline that’s been invented in Hollywood; it’s a true story about a real family from Mississippi who opened their home and family to someone less fortunate than themselves.

The story really touched me but at the same time it made me feel a bit guilty… how often do we really do anything for someone else anymore? When you see someone struggling on the street, asking for money or trying to talk to you on a train, do you actually take time out of your day to help them? To see what it is they are asking you? Or do you just ignore them, think “it’s not my problem” and walk on. I’m not going to exclude myself from this category because I would probably do exactly the same. I usually think that someone else will give some coins to the guy asking for money on the street or will keep the lonely guy on the train company and so I just get on with my own life.

The Blind Side made me think about if I would take someone into my home who was less fortunate than myself but to be honest I probably wouldn’t… But I would like to think that at least if I see someone today or tomorrow or the day after who needs my help then I will offer it to them and I will try to do what I can for somebody else.

So why don’t you start today too, take off the blindfold and take a look at the people around you, try and see if you can do something good for someone else without getting anything in return? You never know.. it might even catch on….

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