Whinge time -
I agree with the slogan "beauty is embarrassing," but I think for the opposite reason. The best things are garish, awkward, "naive," "excessive," effete. It's not respectable, manly, [i]woman[/i]ly, ""professional,"" or reflective of """our values as a society.""" It's exclusive, rarified, young, symmetrical, milling around aimlessly to the jeers of crowds. Imitated by pretentious dorks, given poor grades in shallow merits upheld by upright buffoons, misunderstood and misrepresented to the point that its misunderstanding becomes a cliche, pitied, cute in a stupid-ass way, "doomed." And fundamentally it's embarrassing not because any of these flaws really have much material meaning but because its basic perfection is repulsive to a world which revels in disingenuous elevation of mundane things. When beauty enters, it [i]has[/i] to be embarassing because it's making civilized people feel emotions they aren't supposed to feel. If they didn't control themselves, they could be drawn away from their acceptance - and face rejection both from the crowd for their taste and from the object of their desire for their ugliness. They'll return to their place embarassed by beauty.