What would you do if a random woman came up and said her friends hate her for being so beautiful? This is what happened to Samantha Brick, a French writer and journalist, who wrote an article - "The Downsides of Looking This pretty: Why Women Hate Me for Being Beautiful?" - in the Daily Mail.
An excerpt from the article reads:
"On a recent flight to New York, I was delighted when a stewardess came over and gave me a bottle of champagne. 'This is from the captain - he wants to welcome you on board and hopes you have a great flight today', she explained. You're probably thinking 'what a lovely surprise'. But while it was lovely, it wasn't a surprise. At least, not for me..." (Read the full article here)
As you'd expect the article became an Internet sensation in no time at all. There are more than 5,000 comments posted and Twitter and Facebook have been active on the subject. As for Samantha Brick, in less than a day's time, she has been rather severely ridiculed.
Twitter was filled with tweets about her and at one point she even became a trending topic.
naomi: "i don't understand that whole Samantha Brick's story thing but she isn't even pretty so what's her beef?"
Louise Stewart @LouiseStewart: "The realisation that I'm not pretty enough to have my female friends hate me just hit me like a ton of Samantha Bricks:"
Francoise Boufhal @francoisebouf: "feel Samantha Brick's pain, but goodness... Does she own a mirror?"
Dan King @danking11: "I read the article online expecting to see a picture of an absolute stunner, but I've seen more attractive house bricks than SamanthaBrick".
A few went to the extent of claiming the Daily Mail was using Samantha for publicity:
Helen Lewis @helenlewis: "Mail getting a second day out of Samantha Brick, but i think we all know the magic's gone"
Faron Bloomfield @faronbloomfield: "Samantha Bricks article is perfect example of smug and self loving nature of Daily Mail. Article full of assumptions and generalisations."
In any case, according to the Daily Mail, the article has been shared more than 50,000 times on Facebook and proven to be more popular than stories about James Murdoch quitting BSkyB News!