In the past, beautiful people were revered, idolized even, throughout the world; today, these overly attractive individuals are being removed from the workplace and banished from countries.
Two particularly ridiculous examples came to my attention in the last week.
The first took place in late December when Melissa Nelson, a dental assistant from Iowa, “was fired for being too ‘irresistible’ and a ‘threat’ to her employer’s marriage,” according to abcnews.com. The second happened two weeks ago when three men were allegedly “deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome,” according to huffingtonpost.com.
Who needs jealousy when it is legal to remove the folks we no longer care to look at?
Nelson’s case was presented to the Iowa State Supreme Court, comprised entirely of males, and was decided in favor of her employer, James Knight, that he was within his rights.
“When Nelson’s husband tried to reason with Knight, the dentist told him he ‘feared he would have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her,’” according to abcnews.com.
As a fellow Iowan, I am embarrassed that my state supreme court ruled in favor of the obvious gender bias in this case. Yes, it is inappropriate to have sexual relationships in a work environment, but termination based solely on the possibility is unconstitutional.
According to abcnews.com, Nelson said, “I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the work force.”
She was a dental assistant with the same face and body for 10 years; what happens in his pants when she walks by is under his control and no one else’s.
This case made big enough waves to earn a featured spot on the popular television show “Tosh.0.”
On the other hand, perverted dentists shrink in comparison to a country, like Saudi Arabia, banishing its constituents who are too handsome.
An article on nydailynews.com said, “Religious police in the deeply conservative Muslim country reportedly stormed a stand manned by delegates from the United Arab Emirates at the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival.”
Apparently, the religious police were afraid the men might be too “irresistible,” which would in turn cause visiting women to fall victim to their charms.
Though their identities have not been verified and this story may only be rumored, Omar Borkan Al Gala recognized himself on Facebook as one of the three men.
Evidently, this banishment has proven to be a positive for Al Gala, as opposed to Nelson’s case.
The fact of the matter remains: outside of physical augmentation, we have no control over our looks, and it is simply barbaric to punish or exploit individuals based on those looks.
If it were truly okay to remove people from certain environments based on physical appearance, we would no longer have a need to fight the obesity epidemic in America — we could all be deported.
We all know what will happen next.
Kim Kardashian will probably be the next to go.
Grace Moore is a junior journalism major from Waterloo, Iowa who serves as entertainment editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to gmm...@latech.edu.