I know, I know. Stop the presses, right? Whoever could have guessed.
For this addition piece of evidence for the “Bigots are ignorant in multiple ways” theory, we turn to the Miss America Pageant and a story from the Salon:
The new Miss America Davuluri is a former dean’s list student, an aspiring cardiologist and recovering bulimic. She’s also now the pageant’s first Indian-American Miss America, a woman who performed a “Bollywood fusion dance” for the show’s talent competition. And if you expected a deluge of racist trolling to follow because an Indian woman now has the word “America” attached to her name, you weren’t disappointed Sunday night. On Twitter, a Mr. CHEEZ-IT, for example, a man whose bio explains he’d “rather be cummin then stroken” (sic) swiftly declared, “Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11.” And a One Proud Honkie asked, “How can you be Miss AMERICA and look like you should be a gas station clerk or motel owner?”
The first thought through my mind upon reading this story was, “Wait, when was the Miss America pageant?” The second thought was, “There is still a Miss America pageant?”, followed quickly by, “People still watch the Miss America pageant?”
After dealing with my disbelief and confusion, the idiocy of the knuckle-dragging racists who were up in arms over a woman of Indian ancestry winning the pageant started to overshadow the idiocy of the Miss America pageant. For exhibit A, let us take a side trip to Scallywag and Vagabond:
Told one twitter user: “How the f–k does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots,”
Notes the nydailynews of other damning twitter responses:
“If you’re #MissAmerica you should have to be American,”
An Asian and an Indian?? I thought this was Miss America!?’
— Brock May (@BrockMay21) September 16, 2013
‘This miss America pageant needs to have more background checks simple as that #mericaonly
— Dayton (@dayton11810283) September 16, 2013
‘How can you be Miss AMERICA and look like you should be a gas station clerk or motel owner? this country though’ #MissAmerica
— Matt Haney (@OneProudHonkie) September 16, 2013
Dude! They are so right! It says right in the title of the pageant, “Miss America,” so how can a fucking foreigner win Miss America? I mean, this woman is from the far off town of Fayetteville (just like those foreign places to have unpronounceable 12 letter names), which is apparently near Syracuse (yet another foreign name), a city in the state of New York (wait a second), which just happens to be one of the fifty states that form…….. the United States of America.
How dare they crown an American as Miss America?!? Those fucking politically correct fascists!
Just to prove that not all bigots are from the right, let us look in on a self-identified “pro-choice,” “humanist,” “liberal”:
Another user who calls herself ‘FoxxiLiberal‘ (@FoxxiLiberal) and describes herself as a ‘humanist,’ and ‘prochoice’ posted: ‘When will a white woman win Miss American? Ever?’
But just failing to recognize Syracuse, New York as part of the United States was far from the bigots only foray into ignorance after the pageant. Perhaps the more telling bit of stupidity was the “Islamification” of people of Indian descent. Back to the Salon:
As Buzzfeed points out, the dopes were swift to express their disappointment that an “Arab” had won, wailing that her victory was a “slap in the face to the people of 9-11″ (Related: Who are “the people of 9-11″? Are they related to the People of Walmart?) and calling her a “terrorist” whose victory was for Al-Qaeda.
Following that Buzzfeed link will show some amazing bits of bigotry. I am going to quote a couple of tweets here, but to see the actual tweet, you will have to stop over at buzzfeed. (You see, I know how to show a tweet from Twitter, but for some reason it seems that these people either deleted the tweet in question or deleted their whole account, and I’m not sure how to show a tweet that is shown on another site already. I will figure it out, but its my birthday, so leave me alone.):
“And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic.”
(Looks like the original tweet was deleted since I can not find it. Which confuses me because he left other tweets and conversation histories that are just as bigoted, including retweets of the original tweet. *Shrug*)
“How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots”(Jake here at least has the courage to stand by his bigotry. He deleted his account.)Logan VanVoorhis @LrVanVoo6741
“Miss Arab wins Miss America and the score of the Seattle/SanFran game is 5-0 at the half? What is life?”
(A football fan who is also a bigot? Never saw that one coming….)
Psst. Bigots? People of Indian heritage are not “Arabs.” I know that you see a skin pigment that isn’t Nordic White and the synapses in your brain immediately fire “hatred” signals, overwhelming all rational thought in favor of “me hate brown people,” but in today’s multicultural societies, you really need to fight to overcome this response. You see, just by being racist bigots you are already telling the world that you are ignorant mouth breathers who cling to discredited ideas of race and have increasingly limited roles in shaping culture and society. By allowing your hatred to expose your complete ignorance of geography and anthropology , you are further limiting yourself to only outlier roles in society, such as World Net Daily columnist or Southern candidate for Congress for the Republican party.