Conservatives Up in Arms Again Over Miss USA 2010

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Conservatives Up in Arms Again Over Miss USA 2010

Well, it's no Mr. Transman pageant, but as of Sunday night we have a brand new Miss USA, and keeping in tradition with last year's Carrie Prejean debacle, the 59th annual competition for the crown has brought us a second annual helping of controversy. The victor, Rima Fakih of Michigan, has come under fire this week after pictures surfaced of her taking a pole-dancing class sponsored by a Detroit morning radio show. In the photos Fakih is fully clothed (and honestly, who gives a crap, anyway?), so really, I'm not sure what the fuss is all about.

Miss USA Rima Fakih. Wait. Are we sure this wasn't shot at the Dinah?

Dude, they have exercise classes now based on pole-dancing moves. Are we not yet beyond this kind of stupidity? I guess middle America still prefers faux-prudery with its picket fences and apple pie. But all the fuss is pretty freaking silly considering that the Miss USA pageant now does its very own, sanctioned lingerie photo shoot with all the contestants.

Big surprise: some folks also prefer non-immigrant, white Miss USAs who are a-ok with laws that promote racial profiling, which brings us to Miss USA 2010 controversy number two. The folks at FOX news are complaining that the contestant from Oklahoma, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, who was crowned runner-up, may have been sandbagged in the question and answer portion of the evening. Just like that poor Carrie Prejean!

Runner-up Morgan Elizabeth Woolard (left) and winner Rima Fakih (right)

Woolard lost the big crown to Fakih after getting a question from one of the judges about Arizona's new immigration law. Asked if she supported the law, Woolard answered, "I'm a huge believer in states' rights... So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law." Oh, yeah, baby. Nothing like the smell of vaseline on teeth and shiny, white priviledge!

What's more? Conservative commentators are claiming that the win by Lebanese-born Fakih, the first known Arab-American and Muslim Miss USA, is representative of a "reverse racism" trend in beauty pageants. Yeah. Stay classy, guys.

I skipped watching the pageant this year, but I have to say I'm pretty delighted with what I've learned about our new Miss USA this morning. Not only did she win even after tripping over her own evening gown and stumbling onstage, but she tackled an equally controversial question from the judges in a manner delightfully devoid of asshattery. Asked if she thought the government should subsidize birth control, she answered that yes, it should, because that stuff is expensive, and it's a medication like any other medication. And after she won the whole thing and was asked how she felt about her success, she gave the best pageant answer of all time: "Ask me after I've had a pizza." An accident-prone feminist who likes carbs. (Heart!) Yeah. She can stay.

Comments [6]

CJ's picture


Pole dancing w/ t-shirt and shorts what's the problem exactly?!

Joanne Robertson's picture



MacLass_19's picture

The whole 'pageant thing' is ridiculous

Hey, what's with all the chicks watching her slide around on the pole? I'm kinda diggin' on that!

Random observation: She's got delicious thighs...yum.   Tongue

Tex's picture

Beautiful woman....

yep, beautiful woman....

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Rusty's picture

all manner of racist asshattery

"'I'm a huge believer in states' rights..." Do you think this tool has any idea that "state's rights" is code for all manner of racist asshattery?

And congrats to the winner. "Ask me after I've had a pizza" is a much better response than, "I'm going to DIsneyland."

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

geek4grammar's picture

miss america <3's birth control & pizza :)

total agreement, jules! the whole thing (the miss usa pagent) is so weird to begin with, it's hard to parce out what would bother people about the pole-dancing photo specifically. it's like jazzercize these days. I think sue sylvester would be okay w/ it...and yeah, I love her pizza quote <3 <3 <3

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