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guest-ajalease

The pageant is dead. Who wants to watch a bunch of fat academics demonstrating their superiority by playing the piano or arguing about the benefits of democratic socialism (a failure). I might as well just take a stroll through a nearby liberal arts college and watch the LGBTQRSTUVWXZY wackos in their black hoodies.

Vative

If physical appearance will no longer be an issue in Miss America, I'd like to see how unattractive are the girls that will make it through the selection process... because it'd be hypocritical if the contestants turn out to be at least uniformly cute above a certain level now wouldn't it?

oca250

So instead of judging women without bikinis on their beauty you will now be judging nicely dressed women on their beauty. What a progressive change.

Zoltán Koskovics in reply to oca250

Nope. You don't get to judge women's physical appearance. So those days of you looking at short skirts and cleavage are over my friend. And those "nice dresses"? Do they ever accentuate curves! No more looking at those either.
Unless you are a woman, in which case go right ahead. Also if you are a gay man. But before you turn your head to look at a nice bottom make sure you wear a rainbow flagpin. Otherwise you'll be fined by the PC police.

umghhh in reply to Zoltán Koskovics

I think people should wear equalizers - attractive ones more of them than the ugly ones. More intelligent should be detected at schools and be equipped with mandatory intelligence attenuatorrs - could be noise or taser in the pants activated in irregular but frequent enough intervals.
In fact I read a story long time ago that proposed that exact way of fixing social injustice. I had a good laugh at that back then.
How silly I was....

Forlana in reply to umghhh

Absolutely agree, and great idea :--)
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I too have long ago read a story which in a way dealt with the problem of disgustingly varied humanity. The title was "Eden", the author Stanisław Lem (it was translated into English, and an excellent read as most of Lem https://www.amazon.com/Eden-Stainislaw-Lem/dp/B000GRKDCW )
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However, at that time I was already vaccinated with a song I enclose a link to [in Polish], together with an English translation of the text. Which is a poem of Zbigniew Herbert. Thanks for bringing these memories back and for the great association. Equalizers - by all means!
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Damastes, also known as Procrustes, speaks
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My mobile empire extended between Athens and Megara
I ruled on my own over the forest gorge chasm
Without old man's council silly insignia just a simple club in hand
Clad just in the shadow of a wolf and the horror of the word Damastes
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I lacked subjects that is I had them for a short time
They did not live to see the dawn though it is a slander to call me a killer
As is proclaimed by the falsifiers of history

In reality I was a scholar and social reformer
my real passion was anthropometry
I invented a bed with the measurements of a perfect man
I compared the travellers I caught with this bed
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I couldn't avoid - I admit - stretching limbs cutting legs
The patients died but the more there were who perished
The more I was certain my research was right
The goal was noble progress demands victims
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I longed to abolish the difference between the high and the low
I wanted to give a single form to disgustingly varied humanity
I never stopped in my efforts to make people equal
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Theseus the assassin of the innocent minotaur deprived me of my life
The one who explored the maze with the womanish ball of yarn
A full-blown cheater without rules and visions of the future
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I have an un-groundless hope that others will continue my toil
And the work so boldly begun will be carried through
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdS297Wr7fA

WT Economist

Never recovered from the song, for those who don't know it.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYikyYL0S00

guest-aaawwwmj in reply to WT Economist

The pageant is a "Grand Illusion."
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It's a front for a spy ring.
I saw it on "Wonder Woman."
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"Diana goes undercover at a beauty pageant to try to uncover a suspected spy operation behind the facade."
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0750230/
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But don't be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazines
They show you photographs of how your life should be
But they're just someone else's fantasy
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So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbors got it made
Just remember that it's a Grand illusion
And deep inside we're all the same.
We're all the same
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW8TlrYhBxk
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NSFTL
Regards

Zoltán Koskovics

Absurdity run amok.
This is so far beyond stooopid it registers as cold destructive psychopathic reason.
Where's sikko when we need him?
Ah! I remember. The much improved comments policy..

TS2912

Awesome Decision... but does not go far enough!
There should be no difference between the sexes.
So, from now on, it should be mandatory that all contestants wear beards and tattoos
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This will assuage the uneasiness undoubtedly felt by more masculine lesbians (known colloquially as 'bull dykes') watching the proceedings

California Man

What hypocrisy. "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward appearance?" Yeah, right. They're called Beauty Contests for a reason.
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Politically correct decisions like this one are the death knell to the Miss America Pageant. They will please the smug feminists who never cared anyway, while driving out the fans of the event.
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OF COURSE these women are chosen for their beauty. And their bodies. Just like in real life.

guest-amjsjsmm

miss america teaches women and society that u have to be beautiful first..it teaches them nothing about life.. men arent judged like women are in terms of looks and physique! pathetic! #BANMISSAMERICAFOR GOOD!

Tom Meadowcroft

What is it with the ever-changing and highly restrictive comment policy? There was a post about the wedding cake decision last night, but you couldn't comment on it. Avoiding comments on controversial issues misses the point of having a comment section. For the last few weeks there have been no comments on the leaders either, after several weeks where there were. This is crazy, and subtracts from the value The Economist offers to its subscribers. If they want to avoid trollers and bots, restrict commenting to subscribers, or even better subscribers who have subscribed for more than a month. We have been patient with TE trying to figure this out, but the current policy shifts are nothing but aimless running in circles. Put somebody in charge with an ounce of sense, please. This state of affairs is deeply annoying to the customer base.

Tom Meadowcroft

The elements of Miss America, the talent contest, the modeling of evening wear, and the judging of body shape, are all done better separately on many different platforms. The combination of the three is an anachronism which has lived on for the sake of nostalgia for decades. This move should drive a stake through the heart of the pageant (sorry, contest). There will still be plenty of talent contests, modeling contests, oratorical contests, quiz show contests, and wet t-shirt contests. I see little chance that we will miss Miss America. And I see even less chance that young women will not be judged for their bodies, because men will continue to be attracted to the female form at its most fertile age. Young women will continue to dress provocatively, and young men will continue to try to show off their talent/wealth/potential in front of them. That's just the way the DNA is put together.

jouris in reply to Tom Meadowcroft

I see little chance that we will miss Miss America.
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Somehow it seems likely that President Trump will miss it terribly. After all, he used to run the Miss USA contest. (Which may not be Miss America, but it's a distinction without a difference.) He's clearly the target audience, and who else would any pageant need?

k. r. gardner in reply to jouris

Trump co-owned Miss Universe. He worked with a Russian businessman on the Moscow pageant in 2013. A Russian music promoter set-up the now infamous meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer. Instead of dirt on Hillary, the meeting was instead about sanctions. Admittedly, that has nothing to do with Miss America.

jouris in reply to k. r. gardner

Instead of dirt on Hillary, the meeting was instead about sanctions.
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It was? Gosh, who knew? I mean, Trump Jr, who was actually there (unlike you or me), released a statement saying it was about adoptions....
/sarcasm

guest-aaawwwmj

I heard the committee didn't have enough votes,
so the swimsuit competition was dropped,
but the burka competition wasn't adopted.
(rimshot)
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NSFTL
Regards

Sir Alex is gone long live Sir Alex

Finally chubby people can take part without fear!

guest-omnnmei

This is such fascinating news, I got three sentences in an . . . . zzzzzzzz

But the Orange sphincter guy is still here...
Oh jeez, I guess that's because your brand new BTL policy makes about as much sense as the new and improved Miss America.
But at least if Om grows a beard, long hair, sings in falsetto on the talent bit he can win the fucker!

"But the Orange sphincter guy is still here..."
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"[H]ere" is the (gasp!) "Deep State"!!! -- which is the State of Delusion afflicting Orange Sphincter. I think nightly cheeseburgers and consultations with his modern day Rasputin, Comrade Sean Insannity, are in order.
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Speaking of Rasputin, here's a factoid: Rasputin's chef later became the chef for Lenin and then Stalin. His name was Spiridon Putin -- grandfather of Vladimir Putin.

Reservist

What woman, she asked, in defence of the post-beauty pageant, “doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills, and pay for college, and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul?”
Ms. Indias have stolen a march over girls of any other country. They have been doing this for the past, now several decades.