Posted by Brad @ 12:22 pm on May 17th 2010

Dumbest F*%king Political Controversy of the Month

Miss USA Crowned! Debbie Schlussel writes the lede:

It’s a sad day in America but a very predictable one, given the politically correct, Islamo-pandering climate in which we’re mired. The Hezbollah-supporting Shi’ite Muslim, Miss Michigan Rima Fakih–whose bid for the pageant was financed by an Islamic terrorist and immigration fraud perpetrator–won the Miss USA contest.

So yeah, that’s exactly how that went.

Michelle Malkin would also like to let you know that Ms. Fakih might be dumb (unlike, say, Dr. Carrie Prejean), and the first runner up was Miss Oklahoma who supports Arizona’s immigration laws, which means she is probably the most beautiful (although, having been educated in Oklahoma, possibly a lesbian). Daniel Pipes manages to even get affirmative action in there somewhere. And although her scores were high in the swimsuit and evening wear portions of the contest, what really put her over the top was her talent: bailing out auto companies.

Just a question: when did beauty pageants become sensible theaters for right-wing women columnists to wage proxy culture wars?

Doug Mataconis, meanwhile, ends his own post on the subject with compelling counter-evidence as to why Ms. Fakih might have won or why, who cares?


  1. I guess when an aging cultural artifact gets desperate for attention, it knows how to get it.

    Comment by Rojas — 5/17/2010 @ 2:25 pm

  2. I don’t know why anyone listens to Schlussel, she’s not even a conservative wingnut anymore, she’s just a crazy dingbat. Every post on her site is about the evils of Islam and/or her extreme jewish victim complex. Even in the few stories that aren’t specifically about muslims she is able to work them in somehow. Is anyone still taking this woman seriously?

    Comment by Dingle — 5/17/2010 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Adam Serwer has it right.

    I’m not really a fan of beauty contests, but the tone and substance of the fever swamp’s reaction to an Arab-American winning a beauty contest is at least useful for pointing out how some people’s political opinions aren’t based so much in questions of policy as anti-Muslim animosity. The level of anger is just so plainly disproportionate to the matter at hand as to be self-implicating. These people aren’t worried about terrorism — they’re offended by the idea of Muslims being integrated into the most mundane and banal aspects of American society.

    I get that same hunch quite often while reading The Corner and going from post-about-illegal-immigration to post-about-the-muslim-threat and back and forth and back and forth.

    Comment by Brad — 5/18/2010 @ 9:45 am

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