While I was preparing for an awesome weekend, it looks like on Friday, Dayana Mendoza, aka, Miss Universe and her entourage took a trip to visit the troops in Guantanamo. She wrote about it in her blog on the official Miss Universe page, and it was quickly taken down. Want to know why? New York Times blogger Robert Mackey has the actual blog post. Here’s a few quotes from it:
“This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience.”
“We arrived in Gitmo on Friday and stared going around the town, everybody knew Crystle and I were coming so the first thing we did was attend a big lunch and then we visited one of the bars they have in the base. We talked about Gitmo and what is was like living there. The next days we had a wonderful time, this truly was a memorable trip!”
“It was a loooot of fun!”
“We also met the Military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills. All the guys from the Army were amazing with us.
We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting.”
“I didn’t want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.”
I think you can imagine why people would be pissed off about this.
The blog post was taken down after a few days and has now been replaced with an official statement from the Miss Universe Organization. Here’s what they have to say:
“Dayana Mendoza’s comments on her blog were in reference to the hospitality she received while meeting the members of the U.S. military and their families who are stationed in Guantánamo.”
Nice spin. You forgot to mention the whole part about her visiting detainees though.
I don’t think beauty pageant alumni have looked this stupid since Miss South Carolina opened up her mouth about education:
So what’s the lesson learned from this? Even if you think that your comments are completely harmless, when you are representing an international organization, your words will be scrutinized to no end. Whoever was in charge of reading over Miss Universe’s blog posts should be fired. If there isn’t someone that does that, then fire whoever gave her a blog in the first place. It’s a nice sentiment to give your pageant girl an open forum, but as I’ve said before: think before you speak.
By the way, wasn’t Obama shutting down these camps soon? Shouldn’t these troops be packing up instead of getting a USO show?