Wednesday, July 9, 2008

GREAT MOMENT IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

Elyse Umemoto (left) was the second runner-up in this year's Miss America pageant and Miss Washington. After this photo appeared, Miss Washington Executive Field Director Mike Miller issued this statement to TMZ

MIKE MILLER - Elyse Umemoto is an outstanding young woman and has been a brilliant representative for the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. We continue to be very proud of her. She is known for her raucous sense of humor and clowning around. It is unfortunate that her behavior in unguarded moments has attracted attention.

The Miss Washington Scholarship Organization is embarrassed by the pictures you have seen. We do not condone the behaviors depicted in these photos. However, there will be no discipline for Elyse based on the behavior evidenced in the photos. None of them depict illegal behavior or cross a line that cannot be uncrossed. Elyse feels very bad about how this attention affects her reputation and that of our organization. We will treat this as a growth opportunity, both for Elyse and for our other contestants, one of whom will soon be Elyse's successor. The lesson will be that if you choose to appear to challenge the boundaries of good taste you better be sure that the environment is safe. Photographs, like words, can be taken out of context, and once a photograph is recorded it is available forever and there is no way to control its distribution. Nobody goes through life without occasionally letting their guard down and acting foolishly. Title holders will be reminded that they are public figures and role models whose lives will be scrutinized, especially by those who take pleasure in exposing imperfections, however slight. Elyse will not be the last young person whose clowning behaviors will give the wrong impression to people who do not know her. We can only work toward ensuring that the attention these pictures have generated will be a cautionary tale for all of the title holders in our organization.

We consider mentoring the young women in our program to be one of our primary responsibilities. It is a difficult lesson for some young people to learn that their fun-loving behavior before friends can be used against them. When trust is violated the pain is deep. We do not yet know which of her friends, or former friends, may have betrayed her by posting these photographs. All we know for certain is that they were posted by someone who is bent on damaging the image of an amazing young woman.

9 Comments:

At July 9, 2008 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And women still line up in droves to compete in this type of shit. Jesus...it almost makes me embarrassed to be a female.

 
At July 9, 2008 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many women who participate in these pagents do it for the scholorships. If one is pretty and talented and a little cash strapped, a beauty pagent win can pay for a bachelor's degree. Many women would like to get out of college without excessive debt, and pagents offer this chance.

That said, I think beauty contests are awful, but I understand why a woman would go through it.

 
At July 10, 2008 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the last paragraph. Leave the reader with the impression that the fault lies with the person who posted the photos and the subject of the photo is not responsible for her actions.

 
At July 10, 2008 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think everyone here is ignoring the most important point here: declaring gestures obscene and unthinkable and unsuitable for civilized people is stupid. It's just as stupid as declaring certain sets of phonemes obscene and unspeakable (as in both of the "F" words and the "N" word etc.) when synonyms of those words pass by without notice.

 
At July 10, 2008 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where would young women possibly get the idea to behave in such a manner?

 
At July 12, 2008 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the same whorification culture that promotes phenomena like stripping, prostitution, and other sexual objectifications to women as 'empowering', that's where.

 
At July 14, 2008 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to deny that the basic purpose of DNA is to replicate itself by way of sex is what's insane. It's time for humans to get over this notion that we are more special than anything else on this planet. We are just one more animal and those like 7:36 who insist that we pretend that isn't true are fools.

 
At July 16, 2008 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF does the fact that "the basic purpose of DNA is to replicate itself by way of sex is insane" have to do with 736's pointed observation that the same trash culture that sells objectification of women's bodies through beauty pageants, lap dancing or prostitution is the real culprit here? As far as I know, none of the above activities have anything to do with actual procreative sex--in fact, strict avoidance of procreation is the main object of sex-industry activities. That's a pretty lame justification for the exploitation and sale of women's bodies as an acceptable part of the culture, 953. Sounds pretty foolish of you to equate biological fact with cultural perversities.

 
At July 17, 2008 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My use of the above quote should have read "Trying to deny that the basic purpose of DNA is to replicate itself by way of sex is insane". It might well be insane to deny that, but I still fail to see 953's attempt to link that fact to the cultural degredations foisted off on women as some type of phony 'empowerment', to borrow 736's phrase.

 

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