Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Does Miss Philippines Deserve All That Flack?

In case many of you didn't know, the Miss Universe beauty pagent just ran and well, Miss Philippines has gotten a lot of flack for her response to one of those key questions the judges use to judge the young girls. In case you don't know what her response was, it's right here:

And she's gotten a lot of flack for it. In case you don't know what her competitors were asked:

It starts 1 minute in. Miss Mexico's question is markedly easier than the rest. It's not like that's a hard question to answer obviously children need to be protected from the dangerous things on the internet.

Miss Australia was asked a political question. So was miss Jamaica. So was miss Ukraine. Political questions always have people with strong feelings on both sides of the coin. Obviously not all the jugdes will agree with the answer that any of them give on an issue that is divisive.

Miss Philippines is an odd man out in these questions. She's asked a deeply personal one. At first glance, her response may seem arrogant. But then take a closer look. She mentions her family and thanks them. And everyone else. She also says she has no major regrets. Maybe she is attributing her past and how well she's lived it to the good influences around her. How do those making fun of her really know she hasn't made any huge mistakes? Even if she has, it's not like giving the judge what he wanted with that question would have helped her at all. It would have made her look weak. Telling the whole world your biggest mistake probably isn't going to help you much. Especially in a world as unforgiving as ours.

To be honest, after hearing these questions, I can only believe one thing: this pageant is dumb. It's so rigged. To me it looks like they asked some contestants harder questions than others. Of course to ones with the easy questions will win. And I don't think it's fair to judge someone in a situation you're not in and never will be in.

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