Skip to comments.Why Miss America could never have been Miss India
Posted on 09/17/2013 6:59:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
There have been many ugly tweets and other nasty comments about the new Miss America, Syracuse, NY born and aspiring cardiologist Nina Davuluri. The former Miss New York is of Indian descent; many of the negative commenters thought she was Arab and/or Muslim. Not so incidentally there were also many positive tweets and comments.
Paradoxically, according to Malika Rao writing in The Huffington Post, Davuluri would never have won a similar pageant in her parents' native India because she was too...dark. Yes, even in India, skin color is important--the lighter the better.
But there was an unfortunate irony to the win, noted mostly by Indian and Indian-American writers. Davuluri is dark-skinned. In India, where skin color is a national obsession, you likely wouldn't see someone of her complexion in a pageant, much less winning one.
Writing at FirstPost, Lakshmi Chaudhury quipped that Indians prefer their beauty queens "vanilla, preferably accessorised with blue contact lenses."
And to get that vanilla shade, beauty contestants in India, and apparently other women, take some drastic steps. In a previous Miss India contest Every contestant was "taking some sort of medication to alter her skin, particularly in colour" according to the embedded writer, Susan Runkle. Indeed, the winner that year, Sonali Nagrani, looks more European than Indian.
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no doubt she is a hottie... but honestly, having been to India many times... there are lots better looking than her. I am not joking.
She sailed across the stage on her knees at one point. I didn’t realize she had pads on while watching it. At the time I thought, “that’s gonna leave a mark.” I get it now.
RE: Knee Pads?
I am tempted to ask Monica Lewinsky if she bought one of those.... :)
All I got was lame “You’re old Whitie” nonsense...
Reading comprehension my friend.
Lets try this again.
How is Miss American not in touch with American culture?
Wearing a sari?
I am really curious what you think American culture in 2013 is
I got it. You’re pretending the kids (since anyone else isn’t a part of American culture according to you) are all doing Bollywood dances & wearing long flowing robes.
Once you let go of this fantasy we’ll talk.
So define American culture in 2013
Now lets talk about what history tells us that will usually leads to...
“Where de white women at?”
Now lets talk about what history tells us that will usually leads to...”
Winner Winner Curry Dinner
Every TSA employee should get this one!!
CCR fan? If so, God bless ya!
Yeah, I totally agree!!!
Multi-culturalism, WHO NEEDS IT!!!!
Look at all those damn cultures spoiling America!!! Scots-Irish (Andrew Jackson, Daniel Morgan), Welsh (Daniel Boone), Highland Scots(Andrew Carnegie), Scandinavians(Erickson - the guy who deisgned the Monitor, Dahlgren - the guy who designed the Civil War Cannon), Germans (Albert Einstein, Dwight Eisenhower), Finns(invented the log cabin), Frenchmen , Italians, Irishmen!!!!
WHEN WILL IT END?????
Being a smartass (and not understanding the term “multiculturalism”) doesn’t change history.
All White European Christians you listed by the way....do you even know what point you were going for?
I had no idea they judge each other by the color of their skin - ..I had a girlfriend in the Phillipines that I used to take to a resort in the Phillipines in 1970, called Blue Beach. I liked the sun and water. I bought a bikini for her and told her to wear it when we were going out on a boat or beach. She always threw a towel or a robe on herself. When I asked why? she said “I don’t want to look Black.” I couldn’t explain that a tan(?) made her look extremely vivacious. She got killed taking a boat to Cebu to tell her family she was getting married.
Excuse me, your sheets are showing.
By the way, I’m not black (I feel I have to explain that at times to some people - sort of head em off at the pass.)
Screaming “racist” at any argument you cant refute only goes to highlight the holes in your argument.
Maybe you should take a look at some of he brightest students coming out of schools these days. A lot of them are Indian-Americans and a lot of them are Chinese and Phillipino Americans.
I should have added Asian Indians (Bobby Jindahl, Hailey Barbour) to my list!!!
What IS the hole in my argument?? Is American a gene or a way of thinking?
I really DOUBT most of today’s losers in Europe - all lily-white- are better timber for American than a LOT of the people coming out of Asia. If you think you can look to western Europe as a source of people who think like Americans, you are sadly mistaken.
And I’m NOT being a “smartass” here.
I guess there would probably be outrage from some people over there. Racism and stupidity comes in all flavors.
” A lot of them are Indian-Americans and a lot of them are Chinese and Phillipino Americans.”
What are you even talking about? How could this possibly change anything I said?
I’m not going to chase you around this thread while you slay dragons that only exist in your imagination.
One of our biggest problems is that due to Leftist orthodoxy, we have largely quit teaching students and immigrants what being American is truly all about.
About to be enshrined in Obama’s “core curriculum”!!
I think some people are just stupid. A person lives in this country, and they want to try to win “miss America”, they have every right to do so, and it makes no difference what their cultural heritage is.
No, you decided to be racist....it’s amazing how you can project your own bigotry onto others. Now your posts make perfect sense.
Lily White & proud...jerk
I’ll take all five. You don’t have to wrap them up. I’ll take them as is. :)
I don’t know why it would matter if an american of arab descent, or an american who practices the muslim faith, was able to win a beauty contest.
Well, actually I’m lily-white and I helped kill civilization and I leave others to determine who of us is the real jerek.
I want a white woman to enter the black miss america contest, claiming that they “identify” as black.
Of course, I told my daughter she should apply for all the minority scholarships, and on the forms say she “identifies” as whatever it takes to get the scholarship.
Be careful, you will upset the “REAL” Americans. (Sarcasm)
My identity on those damn forms as to “race”, is “human”.
“I am really curious what you think American culture in 2013 is”
It certainly isn’t Indian culture.
RE: I should have added Asian Indians (Bobby Jindahl, Hailey Barbour) to my list!!!
Haley Barbour is not Asian. Nikki Haley is though.
The writer made it sound like it was impossible for her to be muslim. There are persons in India and Pakistan that are muslim.
It is irrelevant to her candidacy but if she’d be muslim, it would make headlines just as her heritage is making headlines.
Sorry, Got my Barbours mixed up ( :)_)
It’s cause she ain’t from Texas! Everyone knows Miss Americas are supposed to be from Texas and preferably a Baylor or SMU student. If she was properly Texan nobody would dare start this racist cr4p, even if she was jet black and had no vowels in her name.
But I have to admit she is dang near purty enuf to be a Texas gal. Maybe her mom just got lost on the way to the hospital.
This country has been “Balkanized” from the start
Slave states vs non slave states nearly ripped the union apart.
Jim Crowe laws, the gilded age, women’s suffrage, camps for the Japanese during WW2, segregation until the mid 1960s.
American culture has been defined by that. There has never been a homogeneous American culture
It certainly isnt Indian culture.
Well, then, it's a good thing the new Miss America has been quoted as saying, "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."
Nothing wrong with her holding on to aspects of her family's history (e.g., with her Bollywood-style dancing).
Thanks for proving my point about how a fractured culture usually leads to bloodshed.
Glad you’ve seen the light & will no doubt join the viewpoint that strives to avoid more fracture/bloodshed in the future.
Or be beheaded.
“This country has been Balkanized from the start
Slave states vs non slave states nearly ripped the union apart.
Jim Crowe laws, the gilded age, womens suffrage, camps for the Japanese during WW2, segregation until the mid 1960s.
American culture has been defined by that. There has never been a homogeneous American culture”
Exactly. Not to mention that, during earlier waves of immigration, plenty of European immigrants (Greek, German, Irish Italian, etc.) were initially considered not “white” or “American.” So, not only has Balkanization been part of America from the start, so too have fears that “there’s too much Balkanization, and [insert group] just aren’t American enough”
“Glad youve seen the light & will no doubt join the viewpoint that strives to avoid more fracture/bloodshed in the future.”
What, exactly, is the “viewpoint that strives to avoid more fracture/bloodshed in the future”?
At what point can we simply be Americans?
Earlier waves don’t mean alot what you had half the country empty & travel was almost non-existent for most people. No welfare, no unemployment checks, little government education, no medicare.medicaid, no racial handouts, etc...
And you can’t import a million without displacing another million OF YOUR OWN COUNTRYMAN today. Why are you own countrymen less important than multiculturalism/immigration?
And you wonder why many people have an instinctively negative reaction to a Miss America who reflects a celebration of this?
We’re starting to go in a circle here...
We can. The new Miss America views herself as one: "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." Why not take her at her word?
|Spelling Bee Winners|
|Year||Champion/ Sponsor||Winning Word|
|1925||Frank Neuhauser, Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky)||gladiolus|
|1926||Pauline Bell, Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky)||abrogate|
|1927||Dean Lucas, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)||luxuriance|
|1928||Betty Robinson, South Bend News-Tribune (Indiana)||albumen|
|1929||Virginia Hogan, The Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)||asceticism|
|1930||Helen Jensen, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)||fracas|
|1931||Ward Randall, White Hall Register Republican (Illinois)||foulard|
|1932||Dorothy Greenwald, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)||knack|
|1933||Alma Roach, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)||propitiatory|
|1934||Sarah Wilson, Portland Evening Express (Maine)||deteriorating|
|1935||Clara Mohler, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)||intelligible|
|1936||Jean Trowbridge, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)||interning|
|1937||Waneeta Beckley, Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky)||promiscuous|
|1938||Marian Richardson, Louisville Times (Kentucky)||sanitarium|
|1939||Elizabeth Ann Rice, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts)||canonical|
|1940||Laurel Kuykendall, Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)||therapy|
|1941||Louis Edward Sissman, Detroit News (Michigan)||initials|
|1942||Richard Earnhart, El Paso Herald Post (Texas)||sacrilegious|
|1946||John McKinney, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)||semaphore|
|1947||Mattie Lou Pollard, Atlanta Journal (Georgia)||chlorophyll|
|1948||Jean Chappelear, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)||psychiatry|
|1949||Kim Calvin, Canton Repository (Ohio)||dulcimer|
|1950||Diana Reynard, Cleveland Press (Ohio)
Colquitt Dean, Atlanta Journal (Georgia)
|1951||Irving Belz, Memphis Press Scimitar (Tennessee)||insouciant|
|1952||Doris Ann Hall, Winston-Salem Journal & Herald (North Carolina)||vignette|
|1953||Elizabeth Hess, Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)||soubrette|
|1954||William Cashore, Norristown Times Herald (Pennsylvania)||transept|
|1955||Sandra Sloss, St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Missouri)||crustaceology|
|1956||Melody Sachko, The Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania)||condominium|
|1957||Sandra Owen, Canton Repository (Ohio)
Dana Bennett, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)
|1958||Jolitta Schlehuber, Topeka Daily Capital (Kansas)||syllepsis|
|1959||Joel Montgomery, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)||cacolet|
|1960||Henry Feldman, Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)||troche|
|1961||John Capehart, Tulsa Tribune (Oklahoma)||smaragdine|
|1962||Nettie Crawford, El Paso Herald-Post (Texas)
Michael Day, St. Louis Democrat (Missouri)
|1963||Glen Van Slyke III, The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)||equipage|
|1964||William Kerek, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)||sycophant|
|1965||Michael Kerpan, Jr., Tulsa Tribune (Oklahoma)||eczema|
|1966||Robert A. Wake, Houston Chronicle (Texas)||ratoon|
|1967||Jennifer Reinke, The Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)||chihuahua|
|1968||Robert L. Walters, The Topeka Daily Capital (Kansas)||abalone|
|1969||Susan Yoachum, Dallas Morning News (Texas)||interlocutory|
|1970||Libby Childress, Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel (North Carolina)||croissant|
|1971||Jonathan Knisely, Philadelphia Bulletin (Pennsylvania)||shalloon|
|1972||Robin Kral, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)||macerate|
|1973||Barrie Trinkle, Fort Worth Press (Texas)||vouchsafe|
|1974||Julie Ann Junkin, Birminghan Post-Herald (Alabama)||hydrophyte|
|1975||Hugh Tosteson, San Juan Star (Puerto Rico)||incisor|
|1976||Tim Kneale, Syracuse Herald Journal-American (New York)||narcolepsy|
|1977||John Paola, The Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania)||cambist|
|1978||Peg McCarthy, The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)||deification|
|1979||Katie Kerwin, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)||maculature|
|1980||Jacques Bailly, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)||elucubrate|
|1981||Paige Pipkin, El Paso Herald-Post (Texas)||sarcophagus|
|1982||Molly Dieveney, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)||psoriasis|
|1983||Blake Giddens, El Paso Herald-Post (Texas)||purim|
|1984||Daniel Greenblatt, Loudoun Times-Mirror (Virginia)||luge|
|1985||Balu Natarajan, Chicago Tribune (Illinois)||milieu|
|1986||Jon Pennington, The Patriot News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)||odontalgia|
|1987||Stephanie Petit, The Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania)||staphylococci|
|1988||Rageshree Ramachandran, The Sacramento Bee (California)||elegiacal|
|1989||Scott Isaacs, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)||spoliator|
|1990||Amy Marie Dimak, The Seattle Times (Washington)||fibranne|
|1991||Joanne Lagatta, The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin)||antipyretic|
|1992||Amanda Goad, The Richmond News Leader (Virginia)||lyceum|
|1993||Geoff Hooper, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)||kamikaze|
|1994||Ned Andrews, The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)||antediluvian|
|1995||Justin Tyler Carroll, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)||xanthosis|
|1996||Wendy Guey, The Palm Beach Post (Florida)||vivisepulture|
|1997||Rebecca Sealfon, The Daily News (New York, New York)||euonym|
|1998||Jody-Anne Maxwell, Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers, Ltd., (Kingston, Jamaica)||chiaroscurist|
|1999||Nupur Lala, The Tampa Tribune (Florida )||logorrhea|
|2000||George Abraham Thampy, The St.Louis Post-Dispatch(Missouri)||demarche|
|2001||Sean Conley, The Aitkin Independent Age (Minnesota)||succedaneum|
|2002||Pratyush Buddiga, The Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)||prospicience|
|2003||Sai Gunturi, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)||pococurante|
|2004||David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh, South Bend Tribune (Indiana)||autochthonous|
|2005||Anurag Kashyap, The San Diego Union-Tribune (California)||appoggiatura|
|2006||Kerry Close, Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune (New Jersey)||Ursprache|
|2007||Evan M. O'Dorney, Contra Costa Times (California)||serrefine|
|2008||Sameer Mishra, Journal and Courier (Indiana)||guerdon|
|2009||Kavya Shivashankar, The Olathe News (Kansas)||Laodicean|
|2010||Anamika Veeramani, The Plain Dealer (Ohio)||stromuhr|
|2011||Sukanya Roy, Times Leader (Pennsylvania)||cymotrichous|
|2012||Snigdha Nandipati, U-T San Diego (San Diego, CA)||guetapens|
|2013||Arvind Mahankali, New York Daily News (New York, NY)||knaidel|
The winning words got more exotic after 1995. Quality of spellers likely has dramatically improved since the 90’s.
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