In a world awash with sour graping, we tend to forget things that are obvious, because we are already distracted to things that we shouldn't focus on. By elevating the accusations of Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin into something of a sensational story should speak more about the American media rather than the Miss USA organization. It was a clear case of sourgraping that should have been ignored yet no one can blame if Miss USA will vigorously refute the whole accusation. Their integrity is in question and they have the right to use all tools in their disposal to dispel any damaging rumors.
Now that there is that second contestant who claims that the pageant was rigged and the name of Miss Florida Karina Brez was dragged into the mess. Others are gleefully following the story, creating credibility to rumors because if the reputation of Miss USA is ruined, Miss Universe will be ruined as well. The one who will benefit from all of this are those people who claim that Miss Universe is not the best pageant in the planet.
But we took our eyes off the ball. How can one claim that the Top 5 was rigged, when the Top 5 happens to be the best? Look how the Top 5 were presented by Akon and one has to be blind so as not see that Rhode Island, Maryland, Georgia, Nevada and Ohio represent the very best of Americana beauty. No one can refute that the Top 5 finalists are best among the rest, but we flinch every time someone claims that somehow the results were rigged. Is the freshness of Rhode Island's personality not reassuring enough? Or the glamorous attitude of Nevada or the stage presence of Maryland?
Sourgraping is a worldwide phenomenon. Ask Miss World NZ for example, how could someone write to the editors of The Herald claiming that the Kiwiland pageant was rigged. And Miss USA pageant is not like Derana Miss Sri Lanka or Miss Bulgaria where results could get mixed up. We've got Tal Goldhammer from Earnst and Young to verify the results while the sore losers have Sheena Monnin. And somehow, Sheena has more credibility than the worldwide accounting firm? Tsk tsk.