Yeah, I did it: I watched the Miss America pageant Saturday night.
My excuse was “it’s my job” — after all, Rush Limbaugh was one of the judges. But I really wanted to pick up some of those cool beauty queen tips, like: spritz hairspray under your arms after you put on deodorant, to keep it from wiping off on your clothes. And did you know there’s something called “butt glue”?
Anyway, as I said: Rush Limbaugh served as a Miss America judge this year and… nothing happened.
OK, so he misused the word “articulation” — but note too that of all the judges, Rush got the loudest cheers when he was introduced.
Some tried to make a big deal out of Limbaugh’s silly dance:
No one cared.
And nobody cared about this funny exchange Rush had with a caller on his Friday show, either:
CALLER: Hey, I want to know if you’ve experienced the strange phenomenon yet that when a black contestant is on the stage, you “forget” that she’s black.
RUSH: (laughing) You are not helping. (…) Actually the black contestants are not on the stage for 70 minutes or at least an hour, and it took that long for [Chris] Matthews to realize that he’d forgotten Obama was black. Which, again, caused a little bit of a stir. But, no. We’re colorblind here at the Miss America Pageant.
I wish I could source the best video clip of the night, though: during the “behind the scenes” pre-show, TLC’s Clinton Kelly pretended to be a contestant and fielded questions from judges. When Kelly (who co-hosts What Not To Wear) declared that “every woman has a right to be stylish and beautiful,” Rush couldn’t contain himself:
“Wait! Just where do all these imaginary ‘rights’ come from?!”
Meanwhile: here’s something called HipHopWired.com:
22-year-old Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, Virginia has become the seventh Black woman in history to be named Miss America.
Her win came as a surprise to some considering that Rush Limbaugh was judging the competition.
Rush and the Miss America Pageant are indeed classy and colorblind, but some other Americans? Not so much.