SMH: Beyond Belief

Hello there good people,

Let me start by apologizing for not posting anything on Monday. I have been super busy of late, with both work and apartment hunting taking most of my time. I thought graduating from university would give me some more free time, but I guess not.

Anyways, without further ado, let me start off today’s article. My initial post was supposed to be something entirely different from what is written below. However, after typing down the first part of my article I felt that I should stick with just that and omit the rest of it. So I did.

And why have I titled it, ‘SMH: Beyond Belief’? Well, read on and you’ll know.

This morning I woke up to find out that, the most trending news article is that Jeremy Meeks – the internet dubbed ‘Hot Felon’– has signed a $30,000 modeling contract! What in the world!?

Jeremy Meeks

Here is a little background information on Meeks for those of you who don’t know who he is. Meeks is a convicted felon currently serving jail time in San Joaquin County Jail. He has against him, charges of weapons possession, gang membership and probation violation. He was recently pulled over by authorities and a search of his car yielded a 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun, ammunition and a small amount of marijuana.
Meeks shot to fame last month, when his mug shot went viral all over the internet. I stumbled upon his photo while surfing through Tumblr. Many memes have been created out of his mug-shot, with most of them replacing his plain white T-shirt with designer suits. If you read most of the comments surrounding his photo, you will notice that they are all about his “chiseled face and baby blue eyes”. And these are the features that his current agent, Gina Rodriguez, is cashing on. She believes that his past should not affect his bright future.

While I agree to some extent with that, I personally feel that unless Jeremy Meeks has really turned a new leaf and has decided to contribute positively to society in some way, he doesn’t deserve the recognition he is getting right now; especially when they are purely based on his looks.
But then again just by looking at Gina Rodriguez’s clientele, you can get a vague idea of this woman and why she represents those that she does. Fox News reported that Rodriguez has “guided the careers of Teen Mom-star-turned-porn-star Farrah Abraham, Nadya ‘Octomom’ Suleman, and most recently, V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal.” And I’m sure that in each case she believes that the individual’s past should not affect their ‘bright’ future.

*Slow clap* for Ms. Rodriguez. Sigh!

If you ask me; if anyone deserves to gain recognition and modeling contracts it should be this guy.

Kyle Carpenter

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter.

Carpenter received the Medal of Honor – United States’ highest military honor- for trying to rescue a fellow Marine from a grenade thrown at them during a firefight in Afghanistan. In the process he lost his right eye and most of his teeth. His jaw and right arm were also shattered and he had to undergo several reconstructive surgeries.
Now this right here is a true a hero. I don’t understand how he hasn’t received as much attention as Meeks has! Is this really what today’s society has become? How has this man not received a $30,000 modeling contract?! I mean, look at him.
That right there is not only a very handsome man, but also a very courageous one.

I understand that the Fashion and Modeling industry is primarily concerned with physical appearances. And I’m not denying that Jeremy Meeks is an attractive dude. But by this very act, the industry sends out a message to many out there, that no matter what you do or how harmful you are to society, you will nonetheless be glorified if you simply LOOK GOOD.

And this is precisely why I titled the article, ‘SMH: Beyond Belief’.

So that was my rant for today. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my views. Also if you happened to come across similarly bizarre news stories, do let me know.

Till next time,
BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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