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Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

Ms. Franco,

Did you take the time to read your own article? It seems very clear from all that read it that it was, in fact, a put down. Shalen made almost all the points that I need to make to you; however, I will reiterate a few things. What you did was classless, tacky, and uncalled for, period. You didn't just go as far as bullying young women, you PURPOSEFULLY insulted people's daughter, granddaughters, nieces, etc. Needless to say, you've got a whole crowd rallying AGAINST you. Attempting to justify this to yourself and those that have read the article, saying that "it's a mix of compliments (scholarship and opportunities for exposure, interview that counts for a lot, pretty face with interesting features, cool talent, lovely dress) and not especially cutting or novel digs (swimsuit competition is lame, bad haircut, tired Broadway songs)" is (to use your own word) lame. The fact that you even try to justify your "personal essay" (which has no business being published for anything than a college paper to try and gain brownie points with a professor because you took a moment to be "controversial") is "silly".

People have come on here and called you out for your lack of taste and rude points at individuals like Sloane and Tracy. I would dare you to attempt half of what these ladies do in a day, but that would require you to get out from behind your computer and sarcasm and apply some effort, which we all know from your lack of research in your "journalism" you don't have. So in thinking that your "not especially cutting or novel digs" were that simple, once again you've been proven wrong.

From one journalist to another, oh wait....you write personal essays....so from one journalist to a "personal essayist", clue in and do your research. Then you don't have to deal with the mob reminding you just how bad you are at your job. And before you go all high and mighty saying we can't deal with the controversial aspect of pageantry, yes we can. We overcome those attitudes and stereotypes everyday with class and confidence. When you go as far as you did in the article, it becomes personal. You pointed out 19 year old girls and made "digs" at them that were deep and unprofessional. I think that's what bothers me most; you took women that are so full of class and grace and belittled them to "orange twigs".

Take a long look in the mirror, Ms. Franco, and think about if this was said about you and something you were so passionate about. Think about somebody you have never spoken to in your life writing an article that trashed you and the values you believe in. Would you wish well to that person? And don't go on and babble about that everyone is entitled to have an opinion, we all know that and accept it. NO ONE deserves to be slandered by someone they haven't even had the chance to get to know. Even you can agree with that.

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Posted by 4Points on 07/26/2012 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

I encourage anyone to do what I did. Call them. It is quite humorous when the editor starts yelling at you to try and get a word in. I'm just another proven case that the Miss America Organization promotes class, education, and confidence. As a professional journalist (with majority of my degree paid for by the Miss America Organization) I find it utterly ridiculous that anyone would allow somebody to bully "college freshmen" for living out a dream they have put so much heart and time in to.

Oh...and for all of you "non-believers" out there...I'm a retired bull rider, NASCAR fan, accomplished vocalist, college grad, and started my own non-profit while still attending school and working a full-time job. But we're all just a bunch of skinny dumb blondes with orange skin and no brains or talent, right?

On the note of being a fellow journalist, did you learn anything about journalism in school? Like anyone, you're entitled to your opinion, but to make direct insults to girls you have never met is absolutely grotesque. I am ashamed that a state publication would tear down a public figure that so many look up to.

And to the editor with the lovely personality I spoke with earlier, (see, I can use sarcasm like Ms. Franco, too) I hope you find yourself in the same position I left you in. Baffled. Baffled that a woman in her mid-twenties put you in your place with the confidence and poise provided by the Miss America Organization.

Always remember the four points that the Miss America Organization instills in each of us:
SERVICE
SCHOLARSHIP
STYLE
SUCCESS

And don't ever forget....the person you tear down today, could very well be your boss tomorrow.

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Posted by 4Points on 07/25/2012 at 2:57 PM
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