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Wingnuts bash Miss USA

Miss Michigan Fakih stands next to first runner ...

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Mirror, mirror on the wall: First runner-up Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, left, surely is happy for Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, right, who was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Predictably, wingnuts are asserting that Woolard should have won.

As I had predicted they would, the right-wing nut jobs are bashing the coronation of Miss Michigan Rima Fakih as Miss USA on Sunday night.

One wingnut radio talk show host called Fakih “Miss Hezbollah,” since Fakih is from Lebanon and Hezbollah is based in Lebanon.

Nice.

(Americans always want to be thought of as nice even when they are colossal fucking assholes. It’s a pathology.)

Others are crying affirmative action or reverse discrimination or the like — which is an interesting “argument” whose purpose is to try to ensure that only Anglos continue to get the prizes in American society.

Personally, I find Fakih to be significantly more physically beautiful than the first runner-up, Miss Shitkicker — er, Miss Oklahoma. Based upon physical beauty alone, to me, Fakih beat Miss Oklahoma hands down.

As I already blogged, the contestants should not have to answer politically explosive questions, and even though Miss Oklahoma gave a fairly predictable (for her being a white Okie, I mean) white supremacist/racist answer to the question put to her as to whether she supports Arizona’s new law requiring the state’s law enforcement officers to try to identify illegal immigrants, she shouldn’t have been asked the question.

The Miss USA pageants are getting way too political, even for this politico.

However, the right wing’s response to Fakih’s win smells not only of sore loserism, but also of racism and white supremacism — as well as their cousin, xenophobia.

Very apparently, the right wing won’t be happy until we have a separate — but equal, of course! — Miss Anglo USA pageant.

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Barbies aren’t politicos

Miss Michigan Fakih stands with Miss Oklahoma ...

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Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, left, and Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, right, wait in suspense to discover which one of them would be made Miss USA last night in Las Vegas.

Probably especially because I’m a gay man, I don’t pay much attention to women’s beauty pageants, but also probably especially because I’m a gay man, I do pay attention to politics.

So when I read the news that a young Lebanese immigrant from Michigan won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas last night, my first thought was: Are the wingnuts going to be calling her Miss Terrorist USA?

Seriously, though — it wasn’t that long ago when the 24-year-old Rima Fakih’s chances at winning Miss Michigan or Miss USA would have been diminished because she’s an Arab-American.

I congratulate Miss Fakih on her win (and I am confident that she isn’t a member of an al-Qaeda cell that infiltrated the Miss USA pageant), even though I oppose beauty pageants in general for their superficiality and their objectification of women.

But even more interesting than Fakih’s win, I think, is this little tidbit in The Associated Press’ news story:

[The first runner-up, Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard] handled the night’s toughest question, about Arizona’s new immigration law.

Woolard said she supports the law, which requires police enforcing another law to verify a person’s immigration status if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally.

She said she’s against illegal immigration but is also against racial profiling.

“I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America,” Woolard said. “So I think it’s perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.”

Yikes. How Arizona law enforcement officers can enforce the new state law without racial profiling baffles me and millions of others, and the “states’ rights” “argument” has been used to justify shitting and pissing upon all kinds of minority groups’ equal human and civil rights.

Did Woolard learn nothing from the former Miss California Carrie Prejean fiasco in which Prejean stated, when asked, during the Miss USA pageant that she opposes same-sex marriage?

In all fairness to Woolard (and even to Prejean, whom I loathe), beauty pageant contestants should not be asked to give their views on explosively divisive political issues, such as the white-supremacist state government in Arizona or same-sex marriage.

And it’s not fair that the contestants should be asked different questions.

Fakih, for example, was given the softball-by-comparison question as to whether health insurance should cover birth control. (Yes, she responded, it should, incorrectly referring to birth control pills, in her response, as a “controlled substance.” [Hey, she isn’t a pharmacist.])

Now, of course, I have to wonder if the tea-partyin’, Sarah Palin-Quayle- and Arizona-lovin’ crowd is going to claim that Woolard lost the title of Miss USA to the terrorist because Woolard gave a politically incorrect response to her question — just as it was alleged that Prejean missed the Miss USA crown because of her homophobic response to her question.

These controversies can be avoided altogether if young women aren’t asked politically charged questions in beauty pageants.

After all, beauty pageants, first and foremost, are about the objectification of their participants.

Let’s not kid ourselves that it’s otherwise.

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Take the bimbo hater’s crown away

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Miss California Carrie “Silicon Tits” Prejean — the Anita Bryant for 2009 — waves to the crowd at the “Christo”fascist Dove Awards (for “Christian” and gospel music) in Nashville, Tenn., on April 23. (“Dove Awards.” Funny — they’re much more like wolves than they are like doves…)

OK, up until now I have held my tongue regarding homophobic Miss California Carrie Prejean, who is said to have lost the Miss USA pageant last month to Miss North Carolina at least in large part because when she was asked her position on same-sex marriage, Prejean stated that she opposes it. (“No offense,” she added, because, you see, “Christo”fascists are nice and they do not wish to offend anyone!)

In her defense, Prejean never should have been asked the question (which gay blogger Perez Hilton rather impishly asked her). What does a 21-year-old blonde bimbo from one of California’s red counties know about politics? It was like asking a second-grader to solve a calculus problem.

I don’t use the word “bimbo” lightly.

Fact is, Prejean got breast implants weeks before she competed for Miss USA. We’re not talking about a person of substance here — unless that substance is silicon.

So a bimbo was asked a politically charged question and she responded truthfully — truthfully because she’s a dumbfuck. For her whole life she has been surrounded by “Christo”fascist homophobes — in her “Today Show” interview with Matt Lauer, Prejean won’t shut up about her backasswards religious beliefs, including her belief that God obviously didn’t want her to be Miss USA (because, apparently, God actively concerns Himself with such things) — and so she is a “Christo”fascist homphobe, too. We can’t expect more of a bimbo than to go along with the crowd that she runs with.

For the most part I gave Prejean a pass because I actually felt at least a little sorry for the bimbo who was asked about same-sex marriage. I mean, aren’t pageant bimbos supposed to be asked about incredibly abstract, ridiculously safe things like world peace and buying the world a Coke and singing in perfect harmony?

But now I will unleash on the fake-titted Prejean because she has joined the “Christo”fascist group National Organization for Marriage, which must have been named by someone from the unelected Bush regime, because the National Organization for Marriage is not actually for marriage, but is about hating gay men and lesbians and others who don’t conform to the heterosexual norm and keeping them down.

But “National Organization for Marriage” sure sounds a lot better than does “Fag- and Dyke-Haters of America.”

The National Organization for Marriage’s next ad campaign stars Prejean.

“What happens when a young California beauty pageant contestant is asked, ‘Do you support same-sex marriage?'” NOM says of its anti-gay-and-lesbian ad starring Prejean. “She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values. But Carrie’s courage inspired a whole nation and a whole generation of young people because she chose to risk the Miss USA crown rather than be silent about her deepest moral values.”

Oh, yes, how brave Prejean was to “speak up for her truth and her [deepest moral] values.” How brave it is to attack a historically oppressed minority group! Which makes Prejean a role model for “a whole generation of young people”! Yes, our youth can all go out and get their breast implants and then spew forth irrational hatrednicely, of course! (“No offense!”) — on national television!

What if Miss California had stated on national TV that she felt that mixed-race marriages are wrong? Would that have been OK? Why is it that blatant racism is unacceptable but that it’s still wide open fucking season on gay men and lesbians and others who don’t conform to hetero norms? Why is gay the new black? (Because we always have to have some relatively powerless minority group to kick around in order to feel better about our miserable fucking selves, that’s why — but my questions were mostly rhetorical…)

Prejean says that marriage — heterosexual marriage only — is “something that is very dear to my heart.” Yes, it’s near all of that silicon, too.

It was OK when Prejean simply voiced her misguided, homophobic opinion; it’s her right to be stupid. The right to be stupid is a right that millions upon millions of Americans exercise every day of their lives. But now that Prejean intends to actively campaign against my equal human and civil rights, in my eyes, she has declared war upon me.

The gloves are off now, even though she’s fairly well-protected with all of that silicon.

There has been buzz that because she is aiding and abetting the homo-haters, Prejean might lose her crown as Miss California.

As she should. What if Miss California decided to join the KKK? Yeah, I think she would lose her crown if she joined a white supremacist group. So why should Miss California be able to be an active part of another group of haters (let me remind you that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed the Matthew Shepard Act, a hate-crimes bill that says, correctly, that homo-hatred is hatred) yet still keep her crown?

Take the bimbo hater’s crown away.

Carrie Prejean is a stain on beauty pageants (although I long have thought that beauty pageants, which only encourage things like breast implants, should be scrapped because they cause far more damage than good) and she is a stain on the great state of California.

Carrie “No Offense!” Prejean does not represent me and she does not represent my great state.

She represents only ignorance and hatred, and she now has become an official representative of ignorance and hatred.

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