Society’s preoccupation with beauty puts extra pressure on young people who are already busy trying to build a good career and enjoy life. Society says we have to be beautiful and slim if we want to be happy and successful. But do we? Does a pretty face and a good-looking body make you a better person? Better at your job? More important than someone who got hit with the ugly stick at birth and could afford to lose some weight? A hit TV show is certainly questioning our obsession with beauty. Ugly Betty, an American sitcom, is generating plenty of buzz with viewers around the world, notonly because it is smart, funny, and easy for viewers to identify with, but also because it highlights the problems with society’s obsession with beauty, all in an easy to digest and amusing TV show.
Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), the star of the show, has just graduated from college and is looking for a job. With good qualifications and references, intelligence, a warm personality, and low expectations, she should easily be able to find a good position in her chosen industry - magazine publishing. But after knocking on every door, she still can’t find a job. When she finally lands a job interview at Mode -the most important fashion magazine in the country, she is practically thrown out because her appearance doesn’t cut it. However, through a unique turn of events, she is eventually hired by owner Bradford Meade to be his son’s assistant, purely due to the fact that she is unattractive - Bradford Meade knows his son certainly won’t make any moves on her, so he might finally get some work done.
该剧的主角贝蒂(亚美莉卡?弗伦拉)是一个刚从大学毕业、正在四处 求职 的大学生。贝蒂有很好的学历背景和推荐信，加上她聪明热心，而且对第一份工作的要求也不高，按常理说，她很容易就能在自己喜欢的行业内找到一份好工作——杂志出版业。但事实上她却到处碰壁，最后好不容易才得到一个去全国著名的时尚杂志社 面试 的机会，却因长相和气质平平而被拒之门外。但柳暗花明，机缘巧合，她最终被杂志社的老板布拉德福德?米德相中，做了他儿子的助理。而雇佣贝蒂的原因竟是她毫无吸引力的长相——布拉德福德?米德相信他的儿子绝不会对贝蒂动心，这样就有可能专心工作。
Betty suffers all of the usual problems many of us suffer when starting a new job - working out how to fit in with her co-workers, trying to dress appropriately, and trying to make some new friends. However Betty’s situation is exacerbated by the fact that almost all of her coworkersonly care about appearances. With Betty’s poor dress sense and "ugliness", she becomes the laughing stock of the company, as well as a target for mean pranks and nasty jokes.
Somehow, Betty manages to walk with her head held high and focus on what she’s there to do -help her boss run the magazine, while also managing to foil attempts by her co-workers to make him fail so they can take over. Betty’s confidence comes from deep in her heart -she has loving family members who care much more about looking after each other and focusing on the positive things in their life rather than worrying about superficial things such as appearance. It’s this support from her family that helps her through her most difficult times.
While reluctant to have such an "ugly" assistant at first, Daniel Meade slowly starts to realise that he can’t survive without Betty. New to the job himself, and with others in the company waiting gleefully for him to fail, Daniel needs all the help he can get, and Betty has great ideas and knows how to get things done. While she may not be beautiful to look at, Betty certainly is useful around the office.
丹尼尔?米德最初并不原意接受这么个“丑”助理，不过渐渐地，他却发现自己越来越离不开贝蒂了。对于工作，丹尼尔自己也是个菜鸟，公司里还有很多人在暗地里等着看他的笑话，所以丹尼尔需要多方求助。而贝蒂很有想法，办事能力出众。可能她相貌平平，但却是办公室里不可多得的 人才 。
Ugly Betty challenges us to look at ourselves and realise that beauty is not the most important thing in the world. While it’s easy to laugh at the jokes and entertaining to see what Betty’s co-workers are capable of, you’ll quickly find yourself reflecting on the show’s message long after you have turned off the TV. While many of the characters may be exaggerated, it sometimes takes an extreme portrayal to recognise elements of these same issues in society. Inone scene, Betty walks into the company cafeteria, and we see tables of stick-thin girls eating tiny amounts of food and looking very serious and depressed - it looks like a form of self-torture: they are starving themselves thin. Between these thin-obsessed co-workers, it becomes almost a competitive sport to see who can consume the least amount of food. At Betty’s table, we see everyone happily talking and laughing and each enjoying their meal - normal-sized portions of food -completely oblivious to the competitive weight-loss happening around them. Without the stress of worrying about how much weight they are going to put on just from eating lunch, Betty and her like-minded co-workers are able to enjoy their lunch break.
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