Miss America Is Old Paul Losch's Community Blog, posted by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Jan 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm Paul Losch is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I remeber getting an "A" on a paper I wrote for my high school English class around 30 years ago about how the Miss America Pageant was rife with flaws, from the treatment of women, the way these young ladies had to show their "bods" off in bathing suits and gowns, yada yada yada. Oh, and those interviews. And the ridiculous stage performances by the entire cast of candidates.
I have not seen a Miss America Pageant since that time. It may be that things have changed, but when I had a Yahoo topic flagged on my home page today, it appears to have changed very little.
At this point, the age of the women is the same as my daughter's, which is a bit startling for me. I took a couple minutes, healthy American male that I am, and surfed the pictures of all the young ladies who are representing their States, and they are all very pretty, as one would expect for people at that age and in such a contest.
But why does this silly thing continue? The whole concept seems to be such a throw back to another time that is best let to pass.
I suppose in my case, it is like most things around celebrity. I don't get it, I don't pay attention to it, and I think it is a colossal waste of time.
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm
And the Winner is------
Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, a Virginia Commonwealth University communications major, won one of the oldest and most celebrated titles in American popular culture.
"Take away the TV, take away the video games, set some standards for our children!" she answered unhesitatingly in the interview portion of the contest, in which she was asked what to do about the epidemic of childhood obesity.
As winner of the pageant, which is in its 88th year, she is to receive a $50,000 scholarship. Web Link