League Of Obnoxious Gentlemen
A clad of starry-eyed and hopelessly idiotic fans and followers are gathered around him with the one hope that he’ll become their head of the green committee. He bluntly points out that he doesn’t care whether or not he has to make a change within the high school; he just wants to boost his reputation. But there was one statement that he made had me rolling my eyes and that was “beautiful people get it better, that’s just the way it is”, yep, the rise of the obnoxious men just gets stronger through the elixir of each impressionable girl they find.
This comes from the opening scene of Beastly, a movie that was released a couple of months that I saw with Faye (I'm sure you all know her by now) . Alex Pettyfer is the leading man who plays the part of Kyle, a rich and spoilt handsome teenager with only one concern: vanity. He doesn’t care about anyone else who is below his status (sounds like a guy I know…) and he just wants more power and more fame. He knows he’s good looking and looks practically perfect and that again is something I find amusing because even though Kyle saw himself as a good looking chap now, surely forty years down the line he would be fat, bald and have the IQ of a fish.
But watching the excruciatingly terrible, first twenty predictable minutes of the film, it struck a chord within me: there are more obnoxious and arrogant men around now then there ever were. It may have something to do with the fact that heterosexuals are considered as a height of fashion because more men are straightening their hair (ridiculous yes I know), they use face creams, (well, at least stubble is no longer the issue) and more men are battling their way to get the latest issue of Vogue!
As Brandon Flowers once said: this is the world that we live in. Now Topshop has adopted a best friend named Topman and this is how it’s all begun. Because these men are looking after themselves more and improving their looks (some go to more extremes, like surgery) they want women who can do the same and so they look above these “ordinary plain Janes” and set their eyes on “extraordinary fake Barbies”, and so the rise of these men continues to grow.
As girls we’ve all encountered these men. The ones that constantly talk about themselves, use thirty minutes MINIMUM in the bathroom mirror, cannot decide to buy the teal coloured tank top or the blue coloured tank top, don’t know the meaning of the word modesty and always try to flirt with your mum at parents evening and forget you go to their school! (Maybe they don’t ACTUALLY flirt with the mum, but you know what I mean.)
But I don’t see us girls really rolling our eyes at these boys and just ignoring them, no we don’t, because we are intrigued. I mean, I don’t mean to sound shallow here but the only reason I went to see Beastly was to watch in awe at Alex Pettyfer’s buff body, which me and my friend Faye do NOT regret (Faye just wants her fame right now). I felt slightly bad though as I am a movie buff myself and normally I want to go and see the film for a brilliant cast and good plot line. But with this film, I just wanted to appreciate Alex’s good looks and charm. I ignored his wooden acting and his lack of chemistry with Gabriella Monte (sorry, Vanessa Hudgens). Kyle portrayed everything in which most of these men are nowadays: selfish, arrogant and obnoxious (a bit of publicity there) not to mention idiotic. But we as girls seem to be attracted to these men for one reason: they are good looking despite their superficial personality.
Alex Pettyfer’s role in Beastly was hardly memorable for his acting; it was all about his supermodel physique and bone structure. Before going to see Beastly I did some research on the cast (I didn’t need to on Vanessa; I just knew she was THAT girl from High School Musical) and even though I knew Alex from Storm Breaker I wanted to know more before I watched the movie. I found a rather hilarious video of him taking off his shirt on Ellen which was much to the satisfaction of the impressionable girls in the front rows. Yes, it was very nice to see but then you realise that this guy is only getting roles because of what he looks like no matter his acting and that within itself is obnoxious behaviour because when they know they are very good looking they will always try to get everything they want.
I know a certain guy like this, one that is not short of female attention and is always looking down at the girls that don’t fit into the criteria of “stunning, stupid and sexy” but who cares? At the end of the day, why should we as girls try to impress these obnoxious men when they will never make good boyfriends? Yes, in Beastly he was put under a spell and was ugly and fell for the outcast blah blah blah blah but we know that the real arrogant types of today’s society are NOT going to run into a scary witch that wears clothes that was once owned by Stevie Nicks and go all on them. We just have to wait for them to realise that they aren’t the most amazing thing that was created; they are all merely just another cliché.