January 27, 2008

Miss America

I found last nights Miss America question & answer portion of the show very interesting. If the question wasn't about Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan then the answer was about Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan. And when asked why 75% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, the answer given was "because of people like Paris and Lindsay." Um, what about the war? The failed economy? The effect of our co2 emissions on Global Warming? The yet to be settled civil rights movement? ... I'm thinking that people's desire to pass all forms of judgement and responsibility on to those in the public eye may just be part of the problem as well.

Anyways, here's one media-focused question, posed to Miss Indiana, that I feel actually got a realistic response.

"Britney Spears' 16-year-old unmarried sister stars in a children's TV series and is pregnant. Should she be fired from the show?"

The answer:

"I don't think that she should be fired from the show. Many teens get pregnant today but that doesn't make them bad people. It may mean that they didn't make the smartest decision but they're still people, they're still human beings. We all make mistakes and we all deserve second chances, so she shouldn't be fired."

I agree. It's a good show, with good values, and there's no reason to take it off of the air. Besides, Jamie's not the only one who put time and effort into Zoey 101. Cheers!

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