According to Rush Limbaugh, “To Apply Standards is to be judgmental”. Well, call me judgmental. Frankly, I am surprised that Miss America still has her job this morning. After her tear jerking, sob story of an apology yesterday, Donald Trump has forgiven her for her sins.
Shall we review?
USA, Tara Conner, is 21 years old, and has successfully sought and won the crown as role model to thousands of girls all over the country. In the past, she is quoted as saying, “pop stars may be getting too edgy for young people who see them as role models”. Her public behavior, however, has been less than exemplary; in fact, it has been a bit too edgy.
Tara Connor has been caught underage drinking and visiting nightclubs and bars, which was not of legal age to do until very recently. In addition, there are rumors of sexual indiscretions and alleged drug use. The worst alleged offense is that she made out with Miss Teen USA. Isn’t she supposed to be the direct role model for this teen? If I were the parent of Miss Teen USA heads would be rolling right now.
Previous Miss beauty queens behaving badly:
- In 1957, Leona Gage, Miss USA 1957 lost her crown when it was discovered that she was married with two children.
- In 1973, Miss World was given the boot for dating too many men.
- In 1983, Vanessa L. Williams lost her crown after nude photos of her surfaced.
- In 2002, Miss Universe was fired (by Donald Trump) for not performing pageant duties. There were rumors of pregnancy. Oxana Federova officially resigned.
- Just this year, in 2006, Miss England was dethroned after it was revealed that she started dating one of the judges before she was crowned. A month after losing her crown, she was featured in Playboy.
- Yesterday, December 19, 2006, Tara Conner gets a second chance.
Donald Trump makes the decision:
Donald Trump has chosen to give Tanner a second chance. Since he now owns the franchise, I guess he gets to decide. Back in the day, however, there would have been a jury-based decision.
What do I think?
- As a mother of a child in pageants, I know how hard these girls work for their crowns. For many it takes years of hard work and preparation, for others it takes an innate quality, but at the end of the day, the winner, and runner-ups have all put in a superior amount of effort. By behaving badly after getting the crown, Tara is essentially slapping the other girls who worked for hard for it in the face. If I have ever seen a stain before, having a miss USA in rehab is like taking the crown and rolling it on a Tar roof in New York.
- As a mother of a young girl, I feel that this is the last person I want as my child’s role model. It also makes me glad my child is in a Christian pageant system that holds girls to a higher standard. Should my child continue to compete through her teen years, I think we would steer clear of the Miss USA system.
- As a human being, I feel that everyone makes mistakes. I know I made errors at that age. The visibility of Tara’s role just caught her in the act of what so many other girls are doing. I still think, however, that having taken the role of role model, that Ms. Connor should be held responsible for her actions. You are only queen for a year; she could have kept her urges in check until her reign was over.