September 24, 2016

Miss America contest mixes politics with pleasure and makes comedy

David MenziesMission Specialist

With the internet, there’s no shortage of sources providing information on world events sometimes making it hard to decide who to rely on but one annual show that makes for must-see viewing is the Q&A segment of the Miss America Pageant, where enlightenment abounds. 

What cruel comedic genius came up with the concept of asking beauty contestants complicated and politically-charged questions and then giving them 20 seconds to answer those queries?

Forget the talent and swimwear competitions – just fast-forward to the Q&A segment for some of the best examples of political analysis.

This is where Miss America truly shines.

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commented 2016-09-26 12:11:39 -0400
Jay Kelly commented – “David Menzies in the photo looks like he is wearing a simple cloth crown and carrying a bouquet.”

You talk like this gives you wood
commented 2016-09-26 01:45:58 -0400
David Menzies in the photo looks like he is wearing a simple cloth crown and carrying a bouquet.
commented 2016-09-26 00:22:43 -0400
Jay Kelly:
David was wearing a Burka.
commented 2016-09-25 13:10:03 -0400
Jay Kelly – your obsession with Dave and cross-dressing is disturbing – latent homo-erotic feelings?
commented 2016-09-25 01:25:45 -0400
David Menzies should leave the acting and posturing to the pretty girls.

During the last federal election he dressed in a full length black gown and went to vote. He wondered if they would allow him to vote in such an outfit.

They did allow him to vote, as was his right, but so many of us asked questions.

Why would a grown man go to a polling station dressed in an evening gown? He wanted to make a point but that point was not clear to us.

Sometimes we make fun of “cross-dressers” but most of us are tolerant of dressing “this way or that way” if it makes you feel comfortable.

David Menzies should feel comfortable in whatever role he adopts.
commented 2016-09-24 21:36:49 -0400
Henry, that had to have been all acting. No one can be that stupid … can they?
commented 2016-09-24 17:03:20 -0400
I’d say that the beauty contestants are a lot more intellectually impressive than this one:
Try to imagine going through life that stupid!
commented 2016-09-24 12:31:11 -0400
Does anybody even watch this farce any more?
commented 2016-09-24 12:05:02 -0400
In fairness, how can they possibly answer questions like that in a “neutral” (but upbeat and positive) and non-controversial way? They probably don’t dare say anything of substance or passion (even though at least some of them must have strong opinions on these subjects) so you get watered-down, tasteless PC answers. And 20 seconds is probably to little time for them to say anything particularly profound, even if they wanted to. Maybe they could dispense with this part of the pageant.

On the other hand, I hope they always keep the swimsuit and ballroom gown parts of the competition – it is a beauty contest after all, and not just a talent competition. (Not that I would ever watch the swimsuit part, of course – except for purely research-related reasons. Objectifying women like that – for shame! ;)
commented 2016-09-24 11:51:23 -0400
To Canadian Mongrel: I sure agree with you. And if these contestants had little to no warning about these questions, then they really performed quite well. The real idiots were those who dreamed up such questions to ask and to evaluate a beauty pageant contestant.
commented 2016-09-24 11:09:18 -0400
That was too easy a target.
commented 2016-09-24 10:43:53 -0400
However, to be just to these beauty contestants, there were very few ums, ahs, uhs, hmms, etc., like we get from our perpetual beauty contestant, Baby Doc.