Supervenus: Is Plastic Surgery Taking The Ideal of Beauty Too Far?


Everyone’s been talking about the new short video that has surfaced from months ago. It’s been shown in a bunch of places, but if you haven’t watched the 17th Brussels Short Film Festival – Supervenus yet, then you’re in for a surprise. This video was created by Frédéric Doazan (from France). He has since gotten a lot of attention from his short clip from among various sites, including Reddit. Careful, you might not want to let your kids see it.

SFW version:

NSFW version:

What’s it saying?

Are women going to be paying the price on what it takes to be considered pretty?

We were created to be who we are. Religious people will claim that we’re created in “God’s image”, and although I’m not personally a believer of any religion, I can’t help but side along with them this time. People look like who they are from the genes they’ve been given from their parents. Isn’t it against nature to dramatically alter your looks so that you’re completely a different person?

Let’s look at celebrities today:

pamela anderson plastic surgery

Pamela has reported undergone several boob jobs over the years. She’s also gotten stuff done on her face. That stuff ain’t natural.

Jocelyn Wildenstein plastic surgery

Jocelyn is regarded as the “Cat-Woman” (though I personally would call her something else) because she has reportedly spend $4 million on her face to have feline features for her boyfriend.

These are just examples of the celebrities that have had stuff gone wrong. More often than not though, celebrities have done less drastic but unjustifiable alternations to their face or body in one way or another. If you got that money, why not spend it, right?

The debate here is whether it’s ethical or not for young girls to see these celebrities they idolize do that. It’s normal for younger people to be influenced by people they admire, so if they see their favorite celebrities getting a nose job or a boob job, they think “Hey, why can’t I do it too?”. It’s already grown to be a normalcy for teenagers in Korea to get something done on their 16th birthday.

The more we do these things, the less ourselves we become. In the future if everyone can afford to alter their looks, what’s going to happen to the concept of originality? Where is the source of our identity?

In regards to the “Supervenus“, we think that certain people are too addicted to the concept of plastic surgery that they’ve lost everything about who they are. And though you may think you know your limit, but the more and more work you do, the less realistic our perceptions of beauty are. And in the end you merely end up becoming a big lump of flesh and blood.

So, is plastic surgery taking the ideals of beauty too far?

The more perfect someone becomes, the higher the standards become for the rest.

Sure, not everyone thinks that celebrities that undergo surgery are “hot”, but a lot more people do, and the problem is that it’s becoming too common for the new generation to think this way. Tell us what you think of this issue.

What do you think this video is trying to tell us? Do you agree?

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  1. I don’t know much about Eastern Europe. I was in Prague for five days when it was all the rage, around 1997. Overrated in my oionipn. There are nice things about it, don’t get my wrong, but the Venice of the east or something like that, I don’t think so, not even close. That was just a fad that had to do with the opening up of the Eastern bloc. I think there are some very beautiful parts of Romania in the countryside, I want to go there, partly because my wife is of Romanian descent and she wants to go there. But we saw a slideshow travelogue of rural Romania when we were living in Brussels, and it was gorgeous, very unspoiled. And there is an English couple in our French village who went to rural Romania in the dead of winter for a short time and really liked it, despite the fact that it was freezing outside. And I think Croatia has many very beautiful parts. My wife reports that there is an article about Croatia in the current The New Yorker. There is that guy who posts at bhtv, David Edenden, whose obsession is Macedonia. Macedonia is probably beautiful and quite interesting. Never been there. I’m actually not very well traveled, and I think I’m now too old and cranky to enjoy travel in the traditional sense of going to a lot of places and doing a lot of sightseeing. I like going someplace and renting a house or an apartment, or exchanging houses. I don’t like to be in movement that much anymore, and I have physical limitations. Travel is exhausting, and all I want to do is read, write, play guitar, and watch movies anyway. Even eating out is something I want to do only infrequently now. Once a month would be more than enough for me.We’re going to Holland (Haarlem) in June on a house exchange. I did not realize that Holland is the most densely populated country on the planet. We will probably go somewhere for a month or so next winter, partly to go somewhere warmer than where we live. We’re thinking of going to Israel, where I’ve never been. I really want to go before I die, and the chances are no better than even that the occupation will end before I die. I’m a little bitter that this book by Peter Beinart has caused such a stir, when he’s not saying anything that hasn’t been completely obvious for at least 20 years.


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