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Tuesday, June 05, 2018 

Miss America pageant falls victim to social justice propaganda

In another example of the decline of entertainment in America, the current heads of the Miss America beauty pageant have announced they're no longer going to feature the swimsuit portions of the past:
The Miss America Organization has announced an end to the swimsuit portion of its competition, and will no longer judge contestants specifically on their outward appearance.

[...] Carlson, the latest head of the pageant’s board of directors, added that many contestants expressed criticism of the swimsuit and evening gown portion of the pageant in this day of a heightened awareness of sexual harassment.

Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment suit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes precipitating his departure from the network, added that some contestants told pageant officials, “We don’t want to be out there in high heels and swimsuits,” in this era of #MeToo awareness.
I wouldn't be shocked if her claim was definitely exaggerated, and not all the contestants she allegedly speaks of lack confidence. Especially considering:
Like many institutions, the pageant has not been free of controversy. Last year outrage erupted when email communications were leaked showing some pageant officials disparaging contestants for their appearance and sexual choices. The resulting scandal caused the pageant to clean house among its upper leadership. The shake-up brought Carlson and three other former Miss Americas to lead the organization, including Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss (2012), Heather French Henry (2000) and Kate Shindle (1998).
So in other words, the previous heads were replaced in name only! What the current ones are doing is punishing the contestants instead of any possible harassers/offenders. Besides, if this is a beauty contest, then of course outward appearance also counts. What Carlson's doing is utterly laughable, and only awards the previous offenders who disparaged other contestants.

The saddest thing in the wake of the Weinstein scandal is that, instead of bringing more freedom to women, it's brought less freedom, as this development at the Miss America pageant demonstrates. But it does tell that anyone concerned should do whatever's necessary to ensure the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants don't fall victim to political correctness as the Miss America contest has. I think chances are this year's ratings for the program are going to be pretty low. It could be Star Trek: The Next Generation predicted that television's popularity wouldn't last, recalling an episode where Brent Spiner as Data spoke of this occurring after 2040. For all we know, in real life, it could happen even earlier.

Here's more on the subject at Hot Air, and some commentary from James Delingpole.

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