In a moment perhaps highly representative of both the superficiality of modern society and of the social media age, the website BeautifulPeople.com (an online dating site for, you guessed it, the beautiful people) has deleted 30,000 members for being not-so-hot. Many of them, it seems, were planted there by a virus named “Shrek”—presumably named after the not-so-thin, no-so-good-featured normal types who would likely be disgusted by the existence of said site.
ABC News reports:
The website BeautifulPeople.com—designed for people who like mirrors—claims to have booted 30,000 members who weren’t pretty enough or handsome enough to meet their standards.
The site claims that the substandard lookers snuck onto the site’s rolls with the help of a online virus dubbed Shrek, named after the good-hearted but unsightly ogre of the same name.
“Obviously this is a bitter pill to swallow so we’ve done everything we can do minimize damage,” said Greg Hodge, the managing director of BeautifulPeople.com.
Members are voted onto the site by a majority vote from current members of the opposite sex, what Hodge calls a “purely democratic system” designed to ensure a community of fellow good-lookers.
But last month, the “Shrek” virus, coined after the ugly cartoon character who valued inner-beauty, compromised the rating system allowing even those who received a majority of negative votes to join the site.
The result: 35,000 additional applicants were mistakenly accepted onto the site. All 35,000 were later taken off the site to await a re-vote once the virus was identified. Of the 30,000 who were voted off, the largest number of rejects, 11,924, came from the U.S. Britain followed at a distant second with 3,156 rejections.
According to BeautifulPeople.com, status reports indicating a 100 percent acceptance rate combined with a flood of email complaints from members about slipping standards alerted the site directors that something had gone awry.
What do you think—is this a commentary on social media and our society as a whole?