Monday, January 22, 2007

Betty Suarez, you have enchanted my heart

There is something that I've wanted to say for a long time, and it is only now that I can acknowledge it. With so many women wanting to be or feeling a deep affinity to the title character of Ugly Betty, I must admit that I want to meet a girl just like Betty Suarez. There I've said it.

Betty is smart, talented, sensitive, loyal, down-to-earth and a whole slew of other wonderful qualities that come together to make a killer package. Having the diamond of her character contrasted with others in her workplace accentuates these very same qualities by their notable omission, allowing them to stand out even more.

I am attracted to her because of the woman she is, and the woman she wants to be. She is enchanting, and I can't keep my eyes off of her because as she is presented, she is everything I've ever wanted in a woman on an emotional level, and the fact that she is fictitious makes that much more bittersweet.

And here is where my true freakishness comes out. To me, America Ferrera is more attractive playing that part than she is when she is out of character, though I am sure that as a person, Ferrera has many of the same intellectual and emotional qualities that I find so attractive in that character. Yes, I admit that I do have the geek love in my heart and I always have, whether it was a young Mary Lynn Rajskub as the skittish, geekish Mary Lou(and later on in her role as Chloe on 24) on Larry Sanders to the entire film repertoire of Michelle Meyrink and most of the stuff that Alyson Hannigan has worked on. I mean, how could Jim not fall instantly in love with the geekish glory that was Michelle Flaherty in American Pie is beyond me. And yet, Betty Suarez transcends even that level of casual geekiness and the craziness of the surrounding story week after week to exist as one of the most fleshed-out and deeply moving characters on television today.

I had a meet cute with Betty Suarez... was there any other way it could end?

Note: Now you see why I don't really write those "personal" type posts... be thankful this was a rarity.

10 comments:

Hissy Phyttz said...

You have my deepest sympathies.

Semaj said...

I’m completely with you on Betty, and I am not afraid to admit it.

AG said...

I love this post. And I think Betty Suarez is whom you'd get if you could combine Lou Grant (the show) and Sassy (the magazine). And I wish we could actually DO that combination. And then she could be real, and we could hang out and plot how to take over the publishing world and remake it in our much realer image. You could totally hang with us, Matthew, no problem...

MC said...

hissy: To each their own.

Semaj: Glad to know I am not out on this limb by myself.

AG: I think we have to watch Weird Science to determine how they got the mojo together to make a woman using magazine clippings and a crappy mid-80's desktop computer.

Mel said...

I think it's awesome that you feel that way. You are a rarity, MC; a pleasant rarity.

MC said...

I didn't think it was so rare a quality to have.

Mayren said...

i think it's great. Betty kicks major booty

MC said...

She is a sparkplug.

Kurt said...

How can anyone NOT love Betty!

MC said...

I don't know Kurt, I don't know. :)