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FOX News Guest: The Reason For Swimsuit Competition In Beauty Pageants Is To Develop Stamina

Reported by Ellen - November 28, 2007 -

I think it’s quite possible that the dumbest, most fatuous guest ever to appear on Hannity & Colmes is Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004. Finnessey was on last night (11/27/07) for the show’s second debate about the burning issue (pun and sarcasm intended) of whether or not Miss Puerto Rico’s gown and makeup had been pepper sprayed by a jealous competitor. After offering her non-expert opinion on how pepper spray would have affected Miss Puerto Rico, Finnessey told Sean Hannity that the purpose of the swimsuit competition in beauty pageants was to develop stamina in the contestants. With video.

The estimable forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, was on hand for those on fire with curiosity about the physiological effects of pepper spray. Finnessey saw no need to defer to Dr. Baden. She freely offered her own forensic theories about pepper spray, undaunted by his expertise.

Naturally, the segment was a good excuse for FOX News to show suggestive footage of Miss Puerto Rico in a bikini, even though it had nothing to do with the pepper spray mystery. And Finnessey wore a lowcut dress that squeezed her boobs together as though in a vice. All in a day's work, no doubt.

For once, I completely sided with Hannity in this discussion. “I’ve never been a fan of pageants,” he said. “I, for example, wouldn’t want my daughter to be in pageants because of the competitive nature. And let’s be honest here, a lot of this has to do with how great you look in an evening gown and a bikini.”

Finnessey answered in what was almost a non sequitor. “So are sports, though. They’re very competitive, too. And there’s something to be said about teaching your child something to do with competitiveness or even teamwork, as in a sport like soccer.”

Hannity diplomatically asked if there wasn’t a difference between learning a skill in sports and looking good.

Finnessey responded with what she obviously thought was a fetching smile. “Well, you know what though? The reason that they’re looking for someone who is physically attractive is because you immediately become a national spokesperson. When you’re Miss USA, you become a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer and Miss Universe for AIDS awareness. So you want someone who has that impact when they walk into a room. She is beautiful. People want to listen to her and what message she has to bring. The reason for swimsuit and being physically fit…”

”Yeah, I want to hear this,” Hannity said.

“Honestly, it’s for the stamina,” Finnessey continued.

“Stamina?” Baden said, incredulously.

“The stamina? The stamina?” Hannity shouted, cracking up.

With another practiced smile, Finnessey said, “Honestly, if you don’t have the stamina and the energy and the health to go through the year, you falter.”

Right, honey.