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What Happened to Beauty Queens Who Cared About World Peace?

Reported by Judy - April 19, 2006

Sometimes you can tell a lot about people by what things they perceive as problems. Take Miss North Carolina, for example, who makes a great case for the stereotype that beauty queens are shallow air-heads.

Fox News' "Dayside" on Tuesday (April 18, 2006) had the candidates for the Miss USA pageant in its studio audience. Co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy led off the show with an update on the alleged rape of a woman by members of the Duke University lacrosse team. The segment featured the news that two members of the team have been indicted and will appear in court on May 15.

Jerrick went into the studio audience to get a question from Miss North Carolina, who was not identified by name (for which her relatives should be eternally grateful). Miss North Carolina asked, "What about the players who had absolutely nothing to do with this, especially the seniors who have lost their last season of playing college lacrosse. ... It's so sad."

The Fox News guest, John Bourlon, a criminal defense attorney from Durham, pointed out that none of the players on the team voluntarily cooperated and had to be ordered to do so by the judge in the case. Fox News then cut away from the segment to go onto other nonsense.

The segment says a lot about privilege in American society. A woman is alleging she was gang-raped. She is a single mother of two, attending an historically-black college. Her assailants, who are alleged to have made racial remarks about her, are students at an expensive private university. One of the assailants previously attended an exclusive New Jersey high school, Delbarton, where tuition is $22,500 a year. They have the time to spend batting balls around a field, maybe even receiving scholarships to do it.

And Miss North Carolina wants us to feel sorry for THEM because they can't play their little exclusive sport anymore? Could she have made a comment that was more shallow? What happened to beauty queens who at least cared about world peace?

Here she is ... Miss Shallowness.

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