JIM CREES: Who won what where? OMG!

This past weekend’s Miss America contest was a surprise to me in any number of ways.

First, it was a surprise that there is even such a contest still being held.

I mean ...really??!!??

A contest to choose the woman who will best represent the United States ...at what? ...and when?

Really?

Look I think I’m a reasonably manly man. (No. Seriously!)

But for the life of me I can’t imagine how a woman ...any woman ...could take part in this hyper-glitterized meat market.

And no matter how you spin it, ladies and gents, it’s a meat market.

Quick! What was the talent offering of the top three finalists?

Second, it is a surprise that people actually give a hoot about these contests and other such competitions.

People really care, and get passionate about who is representing whom, and cheer for their state’s participant.

It is such silliness, and some folks still take it so, So, SO seriously.

Really, teammates? The you’re worried about the result of the Miss America contest when we are all facing the possibility of a zombie apocalypse?

And finally ...

OK. Miss New York won - an American of Indian heritage.

REAL Indian. Not Native American, but rather Indian as in her ancestors came from the sub-continent of India.

So what happens?

People are outraged.

The ol’ Facebook and Twitter pages simply light up and explode with indignity!

And I end up needing to defend Miss American.

Yikes!

So we begin ...

“Miss New York is an Indian.. With all do respect, this is America” tweeted savannah_dale97.

OK. She is of Indian descent. She was born in Syracuse, NY. To date, Syracuse is still in the U.S.A.

Her parents are Americans, and her grandparents are naturalized Americans.

She’s an American citizen, for the love of Pete. Just because she has some color to her doesn’t mean she is not an American.

Geez!!! She’s lighter skinned than is George Hamilton!

And just for the record, it’s “due respect” “DUE respect.” Not “do respect.”

And then ...

“I swear I’m not racist but this is America.” tweeted Jessica Ayres ? (@JAyres15)

No, Jessica. My guess is you ARE a racist. Just one of those uncomfortable-with-yourself racists.

“Asian or indian are you kiddin this is america omg” logged in Nate (@NateBerard)

Yessir. OMG! She’s from Syracuse, you dweeb!

“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?” opined Luke Brasili (@LukeBrasili)

And @ABC2020 added “nice slap in the face to the people of 9-11 how pathetic”

Another scholar Tweeted “Are you serious??!!! The Arab wins??!!! This is miss AMERICA!!! Not miss Arabia!!! Miss Kansas is in the army and is a country girl!!! C’mon.”

To be joined by Shannon McCann (@SHANN___Wow) who asked “Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda?”

And Nick Pizzo @pizzo_nick didn’t want to be left out of the conversation penning, “So miss america is a terrorist?”

To all of the above, a point of order: There was not one Indian involved in the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001. Not one.

Then there were those who were offended over the fact that a Moslem won the Miss America contest and wondered whether President Barack Obama had pressured organizers into giving the win to one of his co-religionists.

Just for the record, Miss America is not Moslem, (although I don’t know why that should matter.)

She is Hindu.

Hindus are not Moslems. Nor, I suspect, do they want to be.

Moslems are not Hindus, (or Sikhs for that matter.)

And by the way, Moslems don’t generally wear turbans. Neither do most Hindus.

Sikh men do wear turbans, but they aren’t Moslems ...or Hindus.

My Aunt Blanche used to wear a turban, but I suspect it wasn’t a religious thing. It was probably a hair thing.

I get so very, very tired at the stupidity of too many people in this country who, thanks to Facebook and Twitter, now have wide open forums to express the incredibly ignorant comments they probably would have expressed otherwise, but to a much smaller audience.

Today, the idea of silence is golden is long gone, and every moron with something to say can let loose.

Thanks Twitter!

So ...let’s summarize, shall we.

A well-educated woman who apparently should know better signs up and wins a competition that really shouldn’t exist in an enlightened country, only to be panned and verbally assassinated by a community of people who still don’t know the difference between Hindus and Moslems.

Well ...God bless America!

We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one!