Really? Miss USA? Really?

Miss America 2009 Katie StamReally folks, this is starting to go WAY beyond schizophrenic. Really, really? In a recent announcement, Art McMaster, President and CEO of the Miss America Organization, announced that, for the first time since 1961, Puerto Rico will participate in the Miss America beauty pageant.

Ok, so let me get this straight, and try to stay with me. Even though we already participate in the Miss Universe pageant as Puerto Rico, we are now going to also participate in the Miss America pageant as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Don't we also select a Miss Puerto Rico Mundo beauty queen as well?

Still with me? While the Miss Universe contestant is selected by the Miss Universe Puerto Rico beauty pageant, I'm guessing that we'll have ANOTHER pageant for Miss Puerto Rico. Ok, so now there will be the possibility that Miss Puerto Rico will win Miss America and compete against Miss Puerto Rico Universe for the title of Miss Universe.

According to the press release,

Similar to the states, District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program will provide scholarship awards to program participants and will hold an annual competition, the winner of which will proceed to the national competition as Miss Puerto Rico. The Miss Puerto Rico Competition will be held in Caguas, Puerto Rico with the winner being crowned on Saturday night, July 18 by Miss America 2009 Katie Stam.
Yes, I know. If you ask anyone who knows me, that I've always said that we need to find a way to capitalize on our most valuable natural resource, our beautiful women, but, I BELIEVE that this goes just a little bit too far.

While we say that one of the reasons we want our independence is to have our own candidate for Miss Universe, we now want to represent the country that most of us want to separate from (and some even despise). Is there no limit to how low we'll stoop for fame or money?

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6 comments:

Joao

25 de abril de 2009, 23:13
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dijo...

Miss America and Miss Universe are in no way related. Miss America does not go on to participate in Miss Universe, Miss USA does.

MC Don Dees

26 de abril de 2009, 01:04
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dijo...

Ok, now I'm really confused. Thanks for clearing that up, Joao.

I take everything back, except for the last part. That still seems right on the money.

JLO

27 de abril de 2009, 08:33
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dijo...

"we now want to represent the country that most of us want to separate from (and some even despise)."

Actually, I do not believe that 5% of the population who would love to see PR completely separated from the USA represents a mayority.
Last I heard, people following the two largest political parties still want to stay tied to the USA.

You might need to take the whole thing back. :/

MC Don Dees

27 de abril de 2009, 20:42
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dijo...

Oh no you dinnit JLO! No you dinnit go there!

Jacobo Morles once said something like, "It's a good think that Puerto Rico doesn't sell alcohol on election day, otherwise more people would vote with their heart instead of their mind (read pocketbook)."

I'm convinced that there DOES exist a silent majority that would love nothing more than Puerto Rico to be "free," whatever that means. I'd even go so far as to say that the Popular Democratic Party is mostly made of acerolas. People who become red because they know that they can't stay green. In other words, I believe that most Populares really want Puerto Rico to be independent.

Of course the free Puerto Rico I'm referring to is that magical fantasy world where everything stays the same, except we're independent.

If you ask me, I think that an honest choice between statehood and independence would be a lot closer than most people think. It would all come down to the "definition" of those two status options.

Anyway, whether it shows up in the polls or not, since I'm a walking talking symbol of the United States of America, I can only share what I FEEL. I may be paranoid, but that still doesn't mean that most Puerto Ricans I encounter don't treat me as an equal, merely because I remind them of what they can not have.

JLO

28 de abril de 2009, 06:43
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dijo...

ll, apparently you ARE living in a bubble. I am Popular as is all my family for generations... no independence thoughts at all. Stats and facts is what counts... not what others THINKS is in someones else's mind.
If we say we would be OK as independent in front of someone who happens to believe in that... it is ONLY because we are trying to be nice and sympathethic to their beliefs. NOTHING MORE. And that is why I see so many independentistas swear that more people are behind them.
It is just a very loud few.

MC Don Dees

28 de abril de 2009, 11:09
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dijo...

Just call me John Travolta. JLO, I really appreciate your comments and participation.

I hear what you're saying. I tried very hard to communicate something that I FEEL and I PERCEIVE. I'm sure that you can agree, perception is what we mostly accept to be reality. You may be right, maybe I do live in a bubble.

Let me give you an example of both of our opinions in my next post. Oh uh by the way, thanks again for being a reader. It really makes my efforts worth while.