In a way, America is like a big ship, and when we work together and respect each other, this big ship can get safely home. That’s the answer Miss Rhode Island gave in the movie “Miss Congeniality.” Beauty pageants like “Miss America” are a tradition on American Television. Sometimes, the contestants give such good answers that make people pay attention to the real issues. Courtney Paige Garrett, who was Miss Virginia, gave an amazing answer to a question about responding to ISIS. She said the world and the United Nations should come together and end it. Here are the pageant scandals that got people talking!
According to the interviewer, recent polls showed that a fifth of Americans can’t locate the United States on a map. When asked why, Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton said a bunch of garbage. “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, um, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and uh, the Iraq everywhere like…,” said Upton.
It’s time somebody blew the lid off this whole thing. That’s what former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin tried to do. She claimed that the Miss USA pageant was rigged and that she saw a list of the Top 5 girls before the judges picked the finalists. A judge punished her with a judgment for $5 million for false claims. You just can’t win against Donald Trump. He’s got buildings and lawyers.
In 2013, Miss America Nina Davuluri experienced racism from many critics online. The Washington Post reported Twitter users that were outraged and saying she could be a “terrorist.” There were also racist jokes about 7-Eleven convenience stores and people were just getting her background wrong. She said, “I’ve grown up with so many stereotypes about my culture, I just knew that it was something I needed to advocate for.” You ain’t even gotta tell ’em!
Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of a sorority in 2013 for abusive hazing. She was Miss America in 2014. A former pledge from Hofstra University came forth and said that recruits were called foul names, berated for imperfections, and forced to perform tasks that left them bruised. “Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved. At the time, unfortunately, that was just the culture of the university,” said Kazantsev.
West Coast is the best coast if these rumors are to be believed! Miss USA Nia Sanchez was accused of faking a Nevada residency, according to Dailymail. The accusers say she did it to enter the pageant while continuing to live and work in California. Sanchez said she lived in Nevada more than 18 months before signing up and has a house there with a friend. The rulebooks state that a competitor must be a resident for at least six months.
Gawker reported that Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King was in a pornographic movie after her 18th birthday. The video was found on a “real amateur girls” website and features King telling an interviewer she is a beauty pageant participant and decided to do porn for money. King was a foster kid from age 12 to 18 and vowed to dedicate some of her volunteer efforts to working with foster kids.
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih won in 2010 and then was charged with drunk driving in Michigan. Her attorney Doraid Elder said the was saddened and “apologetic for the situation that she’s in right now.” She was the first Arab American to win the pageant and appeared as a guest star on “WWE Raw.” She was convicted and sentenced to 6 months of probation and ordered to do 20 hours of community service in 2012.
The 2006 Miss USA winner Tara Conner opened up about her years of underage drinking, cutting and rape at the age of 14. “I feel like I was crying out for help, but no one could hear me because everyone was so concerned with their own life. I started using when I was 14 years old. I had my first drink when I was 14,” said Conner. She used to get away with bad grades by just winning beauty pageants. She felt a sense of relief when her secrets came out and went on the road to recovery.
Miss Nevada Katie Rees lost her title when racy photos of her were on the internet. The pictures showed her breast, her kissing other women, and her thong at a party in Florida. The president of the Miss Universe Organization said, “Katie Rees has been relieved of her duties as Miss Nevada USA 2007.” The runner-up got to take the crown. Rees said that she was 17 and had a lapse in judgment at the time. Don’t we all?
Kristy Althaus came in second place for Miss Colorado Teen USA 2012. She was stripped of her title after an adult video of her emerged online. Althaus deleted her Twitter account and her name was removed from the Official Results 2012 page for the Miss Teen USA pageant. The only eligibility rules for Miss Teen USA are that contestants must be unmarried, childless, and single. Of course, there’s also the implied rules that you must adhere to!
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.