It was a year and a half ago when the exclusive website BeautifulPeople.com gave the boot 5,000 members for being too fat, and now the website for beautiful people only is causing controversy once again.
The site was invaded by 30,000 “ugly” people who managed to circumvent the usual beauty-screening process thanks to a virus, and now they’ve all been kicked out. Was this really the work of a virus, or just a sad, sad publicity attempt?
Typically, BeautifulPeople.com hopefuls will submit photos to the site. Those pics are then voted on by its 700,000 existing members.
However, Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, said in a press release, “We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting.”
The unattractive newbies were shown the door and a hotline was set up to deal with any hurt feelings.
Hodge explained, “Communities need to be exclusive to serve the purpose of the community. Exclusion is prevalent all through society. Look at Mensa and the national football team; all go through a selection process, some are accepted some are not. BeautifulPeople is no different aside from the fact that our process is democratic. There are some sites out there where you have to be a certain religion or color. BeautifulPeople is open to every race, color, creed and religion and represents every ethnicity, the proviso being our members find you beautiful.”
He added, “If Mensa’s database was mistakenly flooded with 30,000 dummies, they would not start putting out easier IQ tests!”
Dubbed “Shrek” by those unlucky enough to be affected, the computer virus supposedly let thousands of new members join the website without having their profile pics voted on by the site’s members.
The folks over at Sophos, however, are convinced that this was nothing more than an elaborate PR stunt.
What do YOU think?