June 28, 2005 – What is ugly?   3 comments

Image: Suzie Schechterle poses with her husband Jason, at their home in Avondale, Ariz.

Suzie Schechterle poses with her husband
Jason, at their home in Avondale, Ariz. in this
March 23, 2002 file photo. (AP Photo/Matt
York)

Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schechterle, while on duty, “suffered fourth-degree burns to his hands and face when his patrol car was hit from behind by a taxi and exploded in flames in 2001.” He nearly died.

The Associated Press ran a picture of Officer Schechterle as part of “a series of award-winning stories chronicling Schechterle’s accident and fight to recover.”

A tabloid, Weekly World News, which is owned by American Media Inc., picked up the photo and ran it in a list of the “top 10 ugliest people” in its Feb. 7 issue.

Jason sued.

The article that announced the settlement got me thinking about what is ugly.

I think it’s ugly to revel in the misfortune of others. I think it is ugly to victimize anyone to make a buck. I think it’s ugly to run a list entitled, “top 10 ugliest people.”

I’m glad that Jason Schechterle sued. I would have been glad for him if he had won the settlement for himself. Instead, The Foundation for Burns & Trauma in Arizona will recieve a “significant” donation. As Jason himself said, “Something bad has been turned into something very good.”

Jason, there is nothing ugly about you.


Links:
Jason Schechterle’s web site
The Foundation for Burns & Trauma
Google Jason Schechterle

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Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2005 by Grant in Random

3 responses to “June 28, 2005 – What is ugly?

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  1. If all you look at is the surface, then you will miss the beauty inside. Suzie, Jason’s wife, is obviously not a shallow woman to recognized this. Both are beautiful people.

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