It was a fiasco to a lot of people but Miss World is just being Miss World.
“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings,” so says Macbeth and this may apply to those who promote the idea that 2012 is an annus horribilis for Miss World. Imagined scenario is indeed far scarier, far richer in details and far more conspiracy-esque than reality.
To suggest that somehow Julia Morley sold out the very soul and core of Miss World to the Chinese is pretty overblown. It is fed by the nature of human beings to construe on what our brains tell us that is logical and what is obvious. But it is an act not far from being myopic. The instantaneous reaction of the world is cultivated by simply focusing on the issue at the narrowest of all perspectives.
The focus was simply beamed laser-like on the fact that China invested a lot to host the Miss World and then Miss China won the crown. And nothing else. Add to the conspiracy that a website – long known for its inability to predict the winner a.k.a. kiss of death – has finally achieved what is long known an impossibility. Oh how gullible are we all to succumb in all sorts of conspiracy theories.
And we forgot the things that are outside of our “focus”. We forgot that when Miss China Wenxia Yu was crowned, we were all mooning on her. We forgot the fact that Missosology – known for its numerous accurate predictions in a span of 12 years – put Miss China as 1st princess in its final predictions. And don’t fret that its predicted winner, Miss Mexico Mariana Berumen, did not win. The truth is, at one point, Mariana was leading in the official Miss World leaderboard. That could be some consolation.
Like what Al Gore said in 2000, while one strongly disagrees, one can accept the decision. We have a new Miss World. Time to move on.