CNN took up some of the valuable front page space on its website to tell the world that a new Miss America had been crowned. Frankly, I don't give a crap. I have always thought that the Miss America Pageant and the Miss USA pageant and the like were nothing more than 1950's style soft-core porn designed to titillate and feed the fantasies of middle aged married men while promoting a style over substance ideal.
But this year, there were all kinds of problems with the Miss USA pageant. Sex, drugs, lesbianism, and even a pregnancy all interfered with the squeaky clean image that The Donald and his lackeys are trying to promote for their T & A cattle call.
For example, the young woman in red is the now ex-Miss Nevada. She wasn't Miss Nevada at the time, she was a 19 year-old at a party after having too much to drink. She later became Miss Nevada. But then this, and other more explicit photos hit the Internet and Donald Trump stripped her of her Miss Nevada crown.
In an article onCanada.com last December, Donald Trump was quoted from an interview with Larry King.
"The pictures were disgusting," Miss USA co-owner Donald Trump told Larry King on CNN Thursday night. "These pictures were pretty far out there and that is not representative of Miss USA. We had no choice but to terminate her."
Compare this to the allegations against last years Miss USA Tara Conner. You've heard of Tara, I'm sure. She was nearly dethroned late last year when it was reported that she was spending a lot of time drinking in New York bars. In addition to the booze, there were allegations of drug use, having men in her New York penthouse apartment, and french kissing Miss Teen USA Katie Blair on the dance floor of a club.
What did Trump do about her? He sent her to re-hab and let her keep her crown. Trump was quoted on People.com as saying: "I've always been a believer in second chances. Tara is good person. Tara has tried hard. Tara is going to be given a second chance."
Miss Nevada has pictures show up of her flashing tit and kissing girls while drunk and she gets the boot even though the pictures were taken years before she was named Miss Nevada. The reigning Miss USA gets caught drinking, allegedly doing drugs and sucking face with an underage beauty queen in a New York dance club and she gets a second chance.
What does this tell us about the ethics of Donald Trump? It tells us that to Donald, image is more important than substance. It's about what the camera caught, not what really happened. It wasn't the fact that Miss Nevada had once been drunk and swapped spit with another girl, it was that someone had pictures.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Donald. But then, what should we expect for a man who put himself on television every night shattering the dreams of young people for the entertainment of others. Right is what looks good, what gets the best ratings, not something supported by fact or even compassion. So says the actions of the self-appointed face of American enterprise.
Honestly, I don't care about beauty queens. I think pagaents promote the wrong values and encourage young people to worry about what they look like instead of what kind of person they are. But then maybe that's why Trump owns the Miss USA contest, he seems to live and breath a value system based on looks over substance. It just seems a shame that he gets a ton of attention for doing it.