Ontario’s “hottest” candidates. Really??

In the early days of what is shaping up to be a heated election campaign, a website asks Ontario voters to determine who is the hottest candidate. 

Ontario’s Sexiest Election  Candidate was created by Toronto blogger Zach Bussey, who according to his interview in the Toronto Star, believes this lighter approach may help combat voter apathy.  Mr. Bussey has included female and male candidates.

But here’s the deal:

Society still heavily weights how a woman looks as a measure of her worth.  She may have a degree from McGill and a theory about water purification in sub-Saharan Africa, but still she’s evaluated for weight, fashion sense and attractiveness.

The problem with this site is that it degrades politics and political candidates.

With so much on the line, we need Ontarians to be interrogating candidates’ qualifications for the job, not how hot they are.

Frankly, if people are voting for the candidate they find hottest, perhaps we’d all be better off if they did not vote at all.

One Comment

  1. Zach Bussey
    10 years ago

    I appreciate your commentary on the idea. I sincerely do! But I want to emphasize a few points…

    First, I’ve included men and women. We’re putting both on the block and putting their faces out to the public.

    Second, youth voter turnout is always the lowest demographic. 18-25 is consistently lower than 40% and I’ve seen a couple below 30%. Traditional ideas of debates, campaign ads etc, simply aren’t engaging the youth! So engaging them in a different way, where they are getting a taste of politics without it being ‘boring’ or ‘overbearing’ as I’m often told it is, might be the perfect first step – they get exposure to their names, parties and even can find them on Twitter, Facebook or their own sites… which leads to my next point…

    We’ve already had over 800 people follow through with the links and learn about the candidates! That means people are actively seeking more information about the candidates they have seen on the site. If that’s not a good thing, I don’t really know what is.

    People aren’t going to walk into an election booth and cast their vote for the candidate they think is most attractive – I give youth and other voters far more credit than that. But I do think that taking that first step into politics – no matter WHERE it comes from, is a good thing.

    Again, I want to thank you greatly for your commentary though. It’s both appreciated and respected!