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Monday, August 23, 2010

Should We Care What Miss USA Thinks?

Anita Bryant sold a hell of a lot of orange juice as Miss America. She sold it as a darling of the right espousing family values. Take Sean Hannity and Bill O'reilly and put a skirt on them and give them some orange juice to sell. But what was Anita really selling. My way. She was selling her view of America versus the leftist view of America that was against Vietnam and for the college students (the bearded bums of their time) and she became emblematic of a sort of 1950's America. Miss. America had been politicized right then and she would never step out of the arena.

Say what you want. It is a silly Trump owned entity, but it is ours. Miss USA is our unofficial ambassador of a what beautiful well rounded women aspire too. Apologies to all feminists for that last sentence. Of course it is antiquated and out of step with the times. Almost retro. But Perez Hilton thought enough of it to petition to get on as a judge. Why? Air time baby. The Pageant still creates a lot of publicity and that is bankable. Celebrity blogger. Almost a contradiction in terms. A blogger by nature is a pluralist who is one of the many. Stick celebrity on there and we see someone in their pajamas writing in a glittering Elton John ensemble.

So we have this Miss. USA with a crown who parades around the world as our representative of what...women beautiful? Again all apologies to modern women all over the world. But Miss USAis a player, albeit a sort of corny one. So do we care when the Perez Hilton question swings down from the heavens...do you believe in gay marriage? A woman who looks like Miss. California responds with all her sexual gusto--NO. Hmm... I don't' believe in gay marriage. I believe it is between a man and a woman. Now the gong of Anita has been clanged once more. We can almost see the orange trees for the forest.

That is what popped up in what is really a hilarious paean to American Culture. The specter of another divisive personality hitting the Fox News circuit and serving up home cooked born in the USA intolerance. OK. I said it. Intolerance. Seems a word incongruous for a woman in a bikini, but there it is. I have to follow up now with logic. If Miss USA is a representative of... WOMANKIND, ladies please don't throw your shoes. Then she has to be a representative of tolerance. That is what our country is really all about...upper cable channels aside. In the year of our Lord, 2009, gay couples should be allowed the same rights as married couples. Why? Tolerance. Why keep them out? It's like keeping Jackie Robinson from playing baseball. It just doesn't' make sense.

And I will one up Miss. USA here. Why would she care? Really? Does it hurt anyone to have gay people get married? I had a lesbian couple behind me on on our last street with a little boy. Very nice couple. We would do what neighbors do, chat, wave as we went in our garages. They were just like any other couple. Why in the hell would Miss. America care if they get married? Unfortunately, it comes down to intolerance. And if Miss USA is a representative of... uh... what is best in Women--sorry ladies... not eggs please! Then she must be tolerant. So celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was right to ding her.

And now, ladies, I am going to leave by the back door for insulting most of the women in this country. I don't care what anyone says, these pageants are rough.

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