As 18-year-old Texan Karlie Hay celebrated being crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 last Saturday, social media users began circulating tweets containing the N-word that were linked to an account bearing her name. The offending tweets were posted in 2013 and 2014.
That Twitter account is now private and locked, but Hay issued an apology early Sunday morning on her public Miss Texas Teen Twitter account – although her statement didn’t specifically acknowledge the racial slurs.
“A few years ago, I used language that is inexcusable, and I sincerely apologize for my actions,” Hay wrote. “At the time, due to a number of personal struggles, I was in a place that is not representative of who I am now.
“Through hard work, education, maturity and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person. I am honored to hold this title and I will use the Miss Teen USA platform to promote messages of confidence, inclusion and perseverance.”
This did not admit the direct question — did she use those words on social media?
“As Karlie stated, she was in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets and for which she sincerely apologizes,” the statement read. The organization condemned Hay’s language but showed its support for Hay by saying it is “committed to supporting her continued growth.”
This did not satisfy those on social media, nor does it satisfy me.
Actions have consequences. Life lesson number one.
Also, the Internet never forgets. Life lesson number two for the modern times.
You want to be a role model for teens? Then you take the fall so at least THIS younger generation learns, Miss Hay.
Just give it to one of the other finalists. It’s not like anyone is going to tell the difference.
There was a time when beauty pageants made the occasional appearance on this blog, but I think it has been a few years.
Anyway, I watched the spectacle last night (as well as the US Open Final) and I have this to say: It is increasingly difficult in this day and age to see this as an enlightened and forward-thinking treatment of women. I mean, let’s get real. This is a beauty pageant. And the women are objectified. They can give all the lip service they want to talent, and answering questions, but first and last, it’s about how these women (or “girls” as they are sometimes called) look. They would never give the Miss America award to the top female neurosurgeon or female astronaut unless they were killer in a bathing suit.
Which isn’t to say it should be banned or even condemned. I’m just saying that we should take the pageant for what it is — a beauty contest. For a feminist, the pageant is like chocolate pudding would be to a vegetarian — a guilty pleasure. It’s something we can enjoy, but let’s not kid ourselves that the “lookism” that the contest reveres is the best — or even a very good — way to celebrate women’s contributions to society. Our young girls should know that being Miss America is not the pinnacle of women-hood, and should understand that a successful woman and an attractive woman are two different things.
Plus, the organization does a lot of humanitarian and charitable work blah blah blah. So we will give the pageant itself — the meat market, if you will — a pass.
With the preface out of the way, here’s my notes:
(1) The apology to Vanessa Williams was a couple decades too late. But okay. Nice anyway.
(2) Not to stereotype, but is anyone surprised that the southern states do well in these things?
(3) Nope. A monologue about your nursing job is not “talent”. They need to re-examine the rules about this. If you’re going to do a monologue, do Lady Macbeth or something.
(4) You know what else is not “talent”? Coke and Menthos, or whatever the hell Miss Vermont was going to do. (She didn’t make the cut, so it wasn’t on TV, but her talent would have been awesome, even if it wasn’t talent)
(5) My favorite part is the question-and-answers. I thought the questions were very good, and the answers were not-so-good. To be fair, that portion of the pageant is harder than it looks. I’m well-read on those issues, but I doubt I could formulate a coherent (and BRIEF) answer on the spot — without stuttering, without “uh”s.
(6) Kudos to Miss Tennessee for her answer to the Planned Parenthood funding question (and yay to Vanessa Williams for asking it). Is the right wing going ballistic this morning? Yes.
(7) Boo to Miss South Carolina for her response to the question about banning military-assault weapons. Training people how to use them will prevent accidents? It’s not the “accidents” we are worried about! And this is a black woman from South Carolina!! South Carolina where a guy in Charleston just went in and shot up a black church!!
(8) Speaking of morning-after flack, Miss Louisiana is getting some of it for her answer from Winnie Cooper Danica McKeller regarding #blacklivesmatter. She said:
…which was kind of a punt. She touched on police training, but she didn’t have to go to the “all lives matter” meme, which is typically used to be dismissive of the “black lives matter” campaign. But again, this may have been nerves and a desire to placate everybody. I’m giving her a pass on that one.
(9) Ellen Degeneres on U.S. currency? Seriously?
(10) Miss Georgia got the stupidest question: she was asked to weigh in on Deflate-gate. Her initial response was probably the best — I wasn’t there to feel Tom Brady’s balls (oh, if only she had said it that way). I was rooting for Miss Georgia (she is a friend of a friend) and I thought her Deflate-gate response really blew it for her.
But Betty Cantrell, Miss Georgia, won despite that. (She was the most talented — I will give that)!
It’s been six years, but the memory of Miss South Carolina Teen USA contestant Caite Upton tackling a pretty straightforward question about the geographical ignorance of our fellow Americans with words fished out of the garbage disposal is as fresh as ever: “People in our nation don’t have maps, The Iraq, like, everywhere such as, something something schools in the U.S. should help South Africa and The Iraq and all of those Asian countries, such as."
In the Miss USA pageant last night, Miss Utah – Marissa Powell – struggled to respond with her thoughts on the question, “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”
Not as cringe-worthy as Miss South Carolina, but her response was still worth a hearty, "WTF?!?!?"
I stand by her call for better education, if that was indeed her point. Ms. Powell, BTW, is a singer, model and actress who attended Brigham Young University.
Oh, she came in third, which shows how much the Miss USA pageant places a premium on brains.
"I know that some people view it as a freedom of speech, however, burning the American flag is not patriotic at all. No American citizen should do that, and you should also respect other religions. I'm a Christian and a faithful person. I would personally not appreciate someone burning the Bible, and that's just a line you do not cross."
No, truthfully. We all know happened. She got a question about whether some act should be constitutional or not, and not knowing what "constitutional" means, she answered as to whether or not the act was patriotic or not. Because in her mind, I suppose, what is constitutional must be patriotic, and vice versa.
Anyway, read this article to both mourn the state of young women to and/or celebrate Miss California's victory. Or I'll just sum it up for you: of all 51 contestents who were asked if evolution should be taught in schools, only TWO stood up for Darwin — Miss Calfornia (who took the Miss USA title) and Miss Massachusetts. The rest all hemmed and hawed, didn't understand the question, or said that they didn't believe in science.
So the newly crowned Miss USA, from Michigan, is an Arab Muslim terrorist, just like our President. Congrats, Rima Fikah.
Cue wingnut head explosions in three, two…. wait for it!
UPDATE: And now there's controversy about some stripper photos that were taken of Rima Fikah when she won a stripper contest in 2007. However, it won't amount to anything since (a) she kept her clothes on and (b) it's not like the Miss USA Pageant cares.
FURTHER THOUGHTS: Michelle Malkin notes Miss USA's heritage, but what really upsets her was that the new Miss USA supports insurance coverage for birth control.
She also notes that Miss Oklahoma responded to a question by celebrity judge Oscar Nunez (Oscar on "The Office"). It was a conservative response, barks Malkin, so Miss Oklahoma blew her chances.
The question was about Arizona's immigration law which allowed law enforcement to stop anyone that they "reasonably suspect" to be an illegal immigrant. Miss Oklahoma responded that she is against illegal immigration, but also against racial profiling. And then added:
“I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America. So I think it’s perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law."
States rights is fine, honey, but humanrights (especially those protected by the Constitution) trump states rights. That's why slavery is unconstitutional, no matter what the Southern states want.
UPDATE — video:
UPDATE:Jesus' General compiles the winger reaction to the new Miss USA over at the Free Republic:
Miss Hezbollah wins! by Stepan12
Nope, according to her bio, Catholic. (strange considering birth control comment) by mnehring
I submit she may just say she is Catholic to avoid being murdered. by rlmorel
Nope. Lebanese Shi’ite with family ties for Hezbollah. by rmle
I'm SURE papa Hussein approves of his little westernized slut. My 2 cent's worth … she isn't that hot. by knar
She looks like every other Puerto Rican. by cll
This is a Trump production. I wonder if Obama asked him to promote the Muzzi. by aimhigh
Our president claims to be Christian, and his middle name is Hussein. by Sherman Logan
The fix was in, folks. Don’t believe for a second she won on merits. Everything since Obama has taken office has been about appeasing Muslims. This just falls right in line with it all. by rintense
The Islamic concept of deceiving infidels–taqiyyah–is employed here, just as Mohammed Atta employed it when he patronized strippers and prostitues, drank alcohol in bars, and gambled in Vegas–most of that against Islamic law. It is their creed and is exactly why they should never be trusted in this country. by The_Media_never_lie
I’m sorry, but Hezbollah monkies don’t do it for me … LOL … by Star Traveler
Maybe the IDF/Caterpillar can pancake her like St. Rachel Corrie. by skimask
What is it? It's the new logo for the United States Missile Defense Agency, a change from their old logo:
And what is so scaaaaaary about the new logo? Well, isn't it obvious? The Drudge Report makes it obvious:
That's right. The new logo is a combination of the Obama logo and the Islamic flag.
Blogger Frank Gaffney, writing at BigGovernment.com, a Web site run by Drudge ally Andrew Breitbart, says the new logo may be a sign that the Obama administration has "nefarious" plans for US defense:
The Obama administration’s determined effort to reduce America’s missile defense capabilities initially seemed to be just standard Leftist fare — of a piece with the Democratic base’s visceral hostility to the idea of protecting us against ballistic missile threats. A just-unveiled symbolic action suggests, however, that something even more nefarious is afoot.
Even as the administration has lately made a show of rushing less capable sea- and land-based short-range (theater) missile defenses into the Persian Gulf in the face of rising panic there about Iran’s actual/incipient ballistic missile and nuclear capabilities, Team Obama is behaving in a way that — as the new MDA logo suggests — is all about accommodating that “Islamic Republic” and its ever-more aggressive stance.
Yes, that's right. The Obama Administration has decided to become soft on terrorism, and they embedded their intentions in a newly-designed logo. What is this? Some modern-day DaVinci code?
There's no doubt that the new Missile Defense Logo has similarities between the Obama logo (also red, white, and blue) and the Islamic flag. But couldn't this possibily be coincidental?
Not to the wingnut conspirators.
Well, I'm going to blow their mind by throwing this logo into the mix: