After a short time on the air, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has amassed a lot of haters. The newest: Miss America Laura Kaeppeler. In fact, the beauty queen has slammed the sassy 7-year-old Alana Thompson and her peers on Toddlers & Tiaras.
Kaeppeler's biggest beef? She doesn't think those little girls really want to compete. In some cases, I totally agree. But has she ever seen Honey Boo Boo in action? Puhleese! That child thinks the sun rises and sets because of her ability to outshine her opponents.
Though, where Kaeppeler really goes wrong is in her defense of her own pageant. She has the nerve to say that her nation-wide contest is superior to the ones for tykes because it is not about beauty at all. To that I say, "Total Bullsh*t!"
Anyone who has ever seen a Miss America, Miss Universe, Miss World, or Miss WHATEVER STATE, knows that its mostly about looks. When's the last time a pudgy, pocked-marked woman walked across the stage to get crowned or even compete for that matter? I am so sick of people trying to pretend that it is anything but a parade of hot babes (albeit some smart, college-educated hot babes).
No one tunes in to hear about their charitable causes or hear their stance on the war. Still, Kaeppeler told E! News,
"There's a misconception that pageants are beauty pageants, and Miss America is a scholarship provider. We compete in talent and community service, so there's a lot more to it."
She went on to say Miss America is, "more about being a well-rounded young woman and an empowered female" than the child beauty pageants are. Is she serious? While I admire women who have the guts to put themselves on display like that, I don't appreciate the sanctimony.
Let's get real here. Wearing a swimsuit and stilettos in front of millions of people does not eradicate homelessness or cure AIDS. Yes, it can earn you a scholarship and allow you to travel the country cutting ribbons at malls, but it mostly validates one thing -- you are gorgeous. Just admit it.
Do you think pageants like Miss America are just about beauty or something more?
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