A Lebanese-American woman, Rima Fakih, has become the first Arab Muslim woman to be crowned Miss USA. My questions: how and why?
Granted, Miss Fakih is drop dead gorgeous, but beauty is not supposed to be the only consideration. Most recently the pageant producers apparently introduced... personal beliefs and morality as areas of competition. In 2009 Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was confronted by a gay judge who posed the quicksand question (and whose name is long since forgotten), "Do you believe that every U.S. state should legalize same-sex marriage?" Her answer, "Well I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And, you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman." Even though she phrased it delicately, her answer cost her the crown.She expressed her belief, which was exactly what was asked for by judge Fruitloop. She was immediately excoriated by the butt-bandit for being a homophobe. Eventually she was reinstated as Miss USA by "The Donald" himself, only to be dethroned by him about a month later for "breach of contract"over some professional semi-nude-back-to-the-camera-showing-nothing modeling she had done.
Miss Fakih, in a 2007 "stripper pole contest" earned prizes for her winning performance, including "jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use." Not that I have anything against stripper poles, but I see an apparent inconsistency of the application of rules here. There were no reports that she refused or returned any of the prizes, so the assumption must be that she put them all to good use. If poor taste or bad judgment disqualified Carrie Prejean from being Miss USA, why wasn't Rima Fakih DQ'd for the same reason? Could it be that she was the politically correct choice at this point in time? And, if she's a Muslim, where was her burkah during the competition? Or, did she get a special dispensation from the Grand Ayatollah to be clothed in scanty western apparel for this event? Will she be killed by her family in order to regain their "honor", or stoned to death by an angry Muslim mob for dressing and performing like a western whore? Can her apparently successful acculturation be in harmony with her Muslim faith?
As for me, I share Marcellus' belief that "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.", as there are several things surrounding Rima Fakih that do not compute. If she is indeed a Muslim then she has violated at least one of the basic tenets of her faith. If she does not practice the Muslim faith then she should not be identified as a "Muslim" - the old adage "In for a penny, in for a pound" applies equally to religious "convictions". There's another saying too - "Fair is fair."