Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover Challenge: WTF?!

July 8, 2015 0 By Bethanie

Okay, time for a little bit of an argumentative blog, over the past few days I’ve been scrolling through Facebook to find that my news feed is full of these “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” Challenge videos.

I’m going to be honest, looking at these videos has made me feel particularly angry at society in general, because this challenge does not encompass the meaning of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” as you are still focussing on PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS, the whole point of not judging a book by its cover is focussing on what’s on the inside as opposed to what someone/something looks like.

The saying don’t judge a book by its cover is derived from classic literature, where in most cases the covers of the books are plain and either leather bound or cotton bound, making the book seem unappealing in terms of aesthetics, however, as anyone who has ever picked up an older edition of a Dickens, Austen or BrontΓ« novel will attest, the cover bears no resemblance to the wonder that is held between the covers. This theory, though originally only meant for books, can also be applied to people, in the sense that, a person may not be particularly aesthetically pleasing in your opinion, however, that bears no resemblance to their personality or contrastingly, just because someone is particularly aesthetically pleasing to your eye, again, this bears no resemblance to who they are as a person.

So, back to my original point about this quite honestly pointless and degrading challenge, all this video is doing is showing attractive people, making themselves look, what they perceive to be ‘ugly’ and then putting their hand in front of the camera and then making themselves look attractive again, If any term were to be applied to this, I feel a more apt term would be the “You Scrub Up Well” challenge, as this challenge shows no links to the saying don’t judge a book by its cover, as the challenge shows nothing about the persons personality other than the fact that they are vein and shallow enough to seek attention by obviously faking looking ‘ugly’. I personally think that this challenge mocks those who may not feel totally confident with their looks, which is again also wrong. get it together people.

Honestly people, we need to get a grip on what’s important in life, and sadly physical attractiveness & aesthetics are not the single most important things in life, and if you believe that they are, then I would advise that you have a strong chat with yourself, and some of you may read this, look at my picture to your right and think that this is just one ugly girl throwing her toys out of the pram and being jealous of attractive people. I can wholeheartedly say that this is not the case, I am by no means jealous, I’m just angry that this challenge even exists, when it bears no links to the phrase that it claims to encompass.

Thank you all for reading, feel free to share your views on this challenge in the comments box below.

Beth-Marie x