I didn’t watch the Miss America Pageant last night because “Breaking Bad” was on and DUH. But when I learned that the woman crowned, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, was the first woman of Indian descent to be awarded the crown, I was like, Oh cool. Stupid honor, no doubt, but hey, diversity! Some people who apparently take the Miss America Pageant seriously had the opposite reaction. Davuluri was forced to spend her first few hours with the title defending herself against those who say she’s not American simply because she’s brown. First, there were the moronic tweets (collected by The New York Daily News):
“How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.”
“If you’re #MissAmerica you should have to be American.”
“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”
But hey, Twitter is always filled with random nobodies being stupid racist idiots. And it’s also filled with racist idiots with jobs on Fox News. Network commentator Todd Starnes was not down with Miss America judges’ choice, tweeting: ”The liberal Miss America judges won’t say this — but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values.” Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, is an Army seargent (with tattoos!) who performed opera for the talent portion of the pageant. Davuluri did a Bollywood dance. The horror!
“I’m not a racist. She is representing America doing an Indonesian dance,” tweeted one geography-challenged dimwit who has since deleted her account.
Davuluri is taking the ridiculous criticism in stride, saying during a press conference, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she continued. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.” [NY Daily News]