The "act of being ugly" is totally different than just being ugly. Just being ugly is like you walk down the street and see someone had a wart on their nose or a bald spot or something creepy like that. Commiting "the act of being ugly" is to choose on your very own to be ugly. That is an awful act. Such an awful act like that deserves severe punishment.
"Omg, Elaine is dressed like a freekin goth again. Steel toed boots? Fish nets? Chains? What an act of being ugly! The ugly police would drag her out into the road and shoot her."
"Ugly people suck. I hate them. Each and every one."