24-year-old Miss Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the title of Miss USA on Sunday night. Rima Fakih took the top spot at the pageant that took place in Las Vegas. An Arab-American, her family moved from Lebanon to the United States when she was an infant. She was raised in New York and the family moved to Michigan in 2003. She told pageant organizers that they celebrate both Christian and Muslim faiths.
During the interview portion of the pageant, Fakih was asked if she thought health insurance should pay for birth control. She replied that birth control pills are costly and should be covered "just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance." Never mind the somewhat ignorant controlled substance statement (prescriptions are only considered a controlled substance in the UK), hasn't anyone ever told Rima that the pill causes breast cancer and strokes? Why should health insurance pay for a drug known to cause cancer and strokes? But it's all about political correctness and women's rights - never mind that the birth control pill has done more to enslave women to the desires of men than anything besides pornography in the last 50 years.
Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Woolard, took a question regarding the new immigration law in Arizona. She stated that although she is opposed to illegal immigration and racial profiling, she supports the law because she believes in state's rights which make America wonderful. Well, her statements cost her the competition. While her answer was much more informed than that of Fakih, needless to say, it was not politically correct. I applaud Miss Woolard for her intelligence and her courage to say what she believed.
If you want to be Miss USA, I guess you have to stick with what is politically correct. I say the crown isn't worth the box it came in.