Is there a political litmus test for winning a beauty pageant, now?
What is the purpose of asking these political questions..?
Is it to see if you can think your way through a complex issue?
Or is it to weed out ‘those’ people whose failure to toe the party line might prove embarrassing to the pageant organizers and sponsors?
Powerfully said, Margana Wood. You didn't win Miss America but you gave voice to our values. Don't mess w Miss Texas pic.twitter.com/0sBtDk0N4E
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) September 11, 2017
Let’s break that down a little…
Here is the question she was given:
Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville, Va. turned violent and a counterprotester was killed. The president said there was shared blame with ‘very fine people’ on both sides. Were there? Tell me yes or no, and explain.
(Somehow, the question failed to mention Antifa… the group that even reporters for the New York Times was calling out for their violence at the time… even if she chose to ‘revise’ her observations later.)
Now, did you happen to notice the leading nature of the question she was given? It took care to zero in on ‘fine people on both sides’… which implicitly disallows a more nuanced — and legitimate — answer of BAD people on both sides.
It wasn’t the only loaded question. Here are some others:
“One hundred ninety-five countries signed the Paris agreement, in which each country sets nonbinding goals to reduce man-made climate change,“ judge Maria Menounos said. ”The U.S. is withdrawing from the agreement, citing negligible environmental effects and negative economic impact. Good decision? Bad decision? Which is it and why?” -IJR
And another one:
“A recent poll found slightly over half of Americans favored leaving Confederate statues in place, while others want them removed. Keep them or get rid of them? What’s your vote and why?” asked judge Tara Lipinski. -IJR
Notice there are no questions that could tilt the other way? Imagine if they’d asked questions like these:
‘Since many pregnant women rethink their plans to abort after seeing a 3D ultrasound, should abortion providers be obligated to show an ultrasound as part of legitimate ‘informed consent’?
Or what about …
‘With the proliferation of unregistered guns, especially among urban settings, should public schools offer gun safety training the same way they offer sex ed, and for similar reasons? After all, if you don’t know where the Safety IS… how can you make sure it’s engaged?’
No. They’re LEADING questions. Intentionally.
Weird, isn’t it? They claim to love strong independent women.
Then they ask these strong independent women questions, in which judges are less concerned about what their honest answer is… and more concerned whether they can give one that aligns with what they are permitted to think.
(We still haven’t forgotten when another Beauty Pageant winner gave an honest opinion about some of the less savory aspects of Islamic society.)
All that said, what was the Answer Miss Texas gave us?
“I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,“ Wood replied. ”And I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and making sure all American feel safe in this country, that is the No. 1 issue right now.”
The number one issue right now.
Really Miss Texas? Number one?
Have you forgotten Hurricane Harvey so soon?
What do YOU think of her answer? Is she just playing the game she needs to if she wants to win? Is she a lockstep kool-aid drinker with the Media(D) and the resist movement? Did she go too far? Is she just not very sharp?