The first Indian-American Miss America has been crowned. Her name is Nina Davuluri and her victory sparked some surprising backlash on Twitter from people who claimed she’s not American enough.
Some said an 'Arab' or 'Indian,' as they called Davuluri, shouldn't wear the Miss America crown. Others said her win was a slap in the face to the victims of 9/11.
What the what?!
The story blew up here on The Stir -- plenty of you had something to say about it. As it turned out, so did our writers. Check out our video discussion on the controversy surrounding the latest Miss America:
If the backlash over the new Miss America says anything, it's that race continues to be a MAJOR issue and dividing point among Americans.
There's so much anger out there over skin color and ethnic heritage. It's a sad state of affairs for our kids to be witnessing, isn't it?
Beyond the race issue, we also discussed the relevance of the Miss America pageant. I personally think the whole thing is outdated, and frankly, the pageant isn't something I want my 9-year-old daughter watching.
Despite the growing diversity of the pageant's contestants, the fact that women still parade around on a stage in bikinis while judges rate their bodies is weird to me ... and the fact that the women wearing the bikinis (along with false eyelashes, fake tans, and 10 pounds of makeup) are supposed to be 'role models' for little girls troubles me. I grew up watching Miss America, thinking that was the kind of woman I needed to be if I wanted to be successful. That couldn't have been further from the truth.
How do you feel about the new Miss America, and how do you feel about the pageant in general?
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