The image above caused quite a stir on social media last week. It is of a convicted felon named Jeremy Meeks, who has previously spent 9 years in prison for grand theft. Jeremy, age 30 and married father of one was once again arrested last week in Stockton California on a one gang and possession of 5 weapons charge. Police believe he was a part of an active group that is allegedly responsible for many shootings and robberies in the area.
Believe it or not, Jeremy has become an internet celebrity overnight because of nothing else but his looks! He has been tagged “Sexy felon” , with his mug shot post on Facebook amassing thousands of likes in just 24hrs, and over 65,000 likes as at the time this article was written. Ladies have been swooning over his piercing blue eyes, chiselled jaw and lush lips, and some have even verbally crowned him the sexiest felon ever to be photographed! No one seems to remember that he allegedly committed a crime, simply because Mr Meeks is quite the eye candy. I have read comments like “Dream man…I don’t care what crime he has committed,” “Oh my god, he can rob my house and “assault” me anytime, ” “What prison I wanna be locked up there”, among many others focused solely on Jeremy’s blatant masculinity, praising his looks to high heavens (as if he created himself), while very few vilified him.
Now, we can pass all these comments off as jokes, but it points us to the not too salient fact that we tend to prefer looks over personality, even though we would never admit it. If asked what they look out for in a person, friend or potential spouse most people will likely reel out the cliche “Someone who is God-fearing, hardworking, honest and caring.” However, deep in our hearts we desire the tall, dark and handsome dude who has got “swag for days” in the case of the ladies, and for the guys, a beautiful, shapely woman who they can brag about to friends will be top on the list, before considering whether she is homely, God-fearing or intelligent. Welcome to the vain generation where everything has to be visual!
A person’s personality is supposed to determine how we perceive and generally relate to them, but sadly this is not usually the case. Some people have secured jobs simply based on how attractive they are. A man will most likely marry a physically beautiful woman even if she lacks good character, just to ensure “good genes” in his children. Many marriages are in murky waters today because one or both of the parties involved chose looks over personality. We only pay lip service to the saying “Beauty is vain.” That being said, I honestly don’t think it hurts to be beautiful, handsome or generally good looking. Might I add that sometimes it actually makes life easier, so I am not even going to pretend that I don’t appreciate good looks… trust me I do, but I’m not sure I’ll be desiring a convicted criminal anytime soon no matter how gorgeous he appears!
Life is generally unfair, which is probably why the ones who have the looks (as dictated by society) tend to have favor curried their way even when they don’t deserve or ask for it. Whereas, those perceived to appear not too pleasant to the eyes are not even given a chance to prove themselves sometimes, even if they are the sweetest people ever! I won’t be surprised if Jeremy Meeks gets out of jail only to land an endorsement deal with a notable brand regardless of his criminal records. That’s the way the cookie crumbles, that’s life as we know it. Welcome to the shallow generation!