Whatever happened to world peace?
By now, virtually everyone on the planet knows all about the embarrassing plight of our current Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, and her ill-fated "create education better" comment at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas. Powell's disjointed, somewhat sheepish answer to the question of pay disparity between men and women became an instant Internet sensation, and had pundits everywhere roasting her as an example of, well, of why women earn less than men.
My, my, my. We, the ugly, sure do love to mock the beautiful, don't we?
The question posed to Powell was, "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"
Now, a smart pageant contestant would have said, "It says that what we really need more of in this great society of ours is a little world peace."
But no. Powell tried to get fancy. And it led to her less-than-brilliant conclusion: "So we need to try to figure out how to create education better."
Ha! But as funny as that was, Powell wasn't even the most laughable character in that particular Miss USA interview exchange, let alone in the news that day. During the interview portion of the pageant, Powell drew "Judge 3" as her inquisitor -- meaning Judge 3, NeNe Leakes from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," would ask her a question.
So lemme get this straight: We're making fun of Miss Utah for the answer she gave to a question that was read by someone named NeNe Leakes? From a reality television show called "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"?
Leakes, by way of introduction, is a woman who met and married her real estate investor husband while working as a stripper going by the stage name "Silk." A woman who, three years ago, filed for divorce from said husband. Who, 16 months after the divorce was finalized, announced she and her ex-husband were engaged again. And who has now allowed Bravo to film their wedding planning and ceremony for a spin-off reality TV show called "I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding."
Oh yeah, and she was on "The Celebrity Apprentice," for pete's sake.
And yet everyone's mocking the woman who fielded the question? That's messed up.
In other pageant news, congratulations to 17-year-old Savanna Steed, of Farr West, who was just named Miss Utah High School Rodeo Queen at the state finals rodeo in Heber City. Proving that she's not just another pretty face, Steed -- cool name for a student of horsemanship, by the way -- also qualified to compete at next month's National High School Rodeo Association finals rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. (Ahhh, Rock Springs in July ...)
Steed's qualifying event? Something called goat-tying.
No disrespect to goat tying competitors, but of all the rodeo sports out there, this one appears to be the least sporting. And I think it's the tethering part. A competitor races across the arena on horseback, dismounts and grabs a goat on a rope, throwing it on its side and tying three of its legs together.
At least with things like calf roping or steer wrestling the animal's got a fighting chance. But goat tying? It reminds me of that "Jurassic Park" scene where the goat is tethered in the T. rex enclosure. It just doesn't seem sporting.
And who knows? Maybe high-schoolers wouldn't participate in such events if we could figure out how to create education better.
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