Keller @ Large: Miss America Contestants Get Last Laugh

BOSTON (CBS) – You can always tell when someone is uninformed, intellectually lazy, and prone to casual stereotyping. They’re the ones who are so quick to belittle beauty pageants and the women who compete in them.

Yes, these things can be pretty hokey.

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Miss Louisiana 2017 Laryssa Bonacquisti (c) participates in talent showcase during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

And every once in a while, a pageant contestant bungles an answer badly.

But last weekend’s Miss America pageant punctured those stereotypes by showcasing contestants who proved more than ready to offer reasoned opinions under pressure.

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Contestants enter the stage during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

For instance, Miss Missouri, the runner-up, is a social-justice advocate who was asked if she thought President Trump was guilty or innocent of collusion with Russia. “Innocent,” she said, because the investigation is ongoing, but if found guilty, then those involved should be “punished accordingly.”

And here’s what Miss Texas had to say when asked about the president’s equivocal response to the violence in Charlottesville last month.

“I think that the white supremacist issue it was very obvious, that it was a terrorist attack. And I think that President Donald trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact and making sure that all Americans feel safe in this country, that is the number one issue right now,” she said.

And the winner, Miss North Dakota, said we should have stayed in the Paris climate accords to sustain our negotiation leverage.

I say, let’s consider dumping some of our strident, knee-jerk politicians and replacing them with some of these women, giving a new meaning to the exhortation that “the stage is yours.”

Let’s hear what you think via email at keller@wbztv.com, or on Twitter, @kelleratlarge.

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  1. Those aren’t brains on display…

    They are political talking points.

    And in a day an age when there are such loud complaints about objectifying women, why are “beauty pageants” still being covered by the media, and why, if they are supposed to be “entertainment”, are they becoming campaign sorties for the sturm und drang of the day?

    And more to the point, why would this be a featured subject of one of your commentaries, Jon, especially given your penchant for political correctness when it is convenient for you?

    Is it it because you are still upset that Hillary Clinton lost the election that was hers to lose or that Donald Trump had the call to win?

    Of course, it might have a lot to do with your visceral hatred of all things Trump that you continually try to beat dead horses and that both of the above drive you to distraction.

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