WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 — There is nothing more American than baseball, apple pie, the flag and the Miss USA pageant. And the pageant contestants, all accomplished women in their own right, reflect America’s young professional women.
During last night’s Miss USA pageant, Miss Louisiana gave a temperature reading on how America feels about the Bergdahl – terrorist swap. In her short response, she said she is glad “we got our guy back,” but that we should not have subject ourselves to future acts of terrorism.
MSNBC host Thomas Roberts, EMCEE: And we have judge number four, Ian Ziering. Your question, please.
Ian Ziering: In recent weeks the U.S. has released five detainees from Guantanamo in exchange for one U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. The U.S. policy is to leave no soldier behind. Do you think its fair to sacrifice or swap lives in order to uphold this policy?
Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana USA: I am glad that we got our guy back. However, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourselves to these acts of terrorism. [Applause, screaming.] I do agree with our guy being back but, however, I do not think we should subject ourselves. Thank you.
They asked Miss Louisiana a question that has no answer. Bergdahl and Beauty Queens don’t mix. #MissUSA
— Karen Eileen (@KarenDuhe) June 9, 2014
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the majority of Americans believe we should make every effort to recover American POWs. However the majority of Americans also believe we should not swap terrorists for those lives.
Miss Louisiana did not win the crown; that honor went to Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, who was asked about sexual assaults on college campuses. The question from pageant judge Rumer Willis was, with 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate women victims of sexual assault, did Sanchez think the issue is being swept under the rug, and what should be done about it?
Sanchez has a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, and her suggestion was that women need to learn to defend themselves.
After being crowned, Sanchez revealed she lived for a time in a women’s shelter at a young age with her mother, taking up taekwondo at the age of 8 to learn self-defense and build her confidence. As an adult, she has volunteered at women’s shelters, teaching residents how to defend themselves and teaching kids about “stranger danger.”
“I relate to them on a personal level because I’ve been there myself,” she said, adding that she plans to take her passion and knowledge for martial arts to the masses as Miss USA.
According to RAINN.org, every 2 minutes an American is sexually assaulted. One out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. There are approximately 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year.
After Sanchez made her statements, Twitter opinions exploded. One group claimed Sanchez is enforcing the rape culture; that group was shot down by those who believe in women empowering themselves and having the tools to protect themselves.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 9, 2014
— Curtis Sanae Martin (@CurtnSanae) June 9, 2014