Rima Fakih: The Politically Correct Miss USA?

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Miss USA Rima Fakih instantly became the center of controversy after she won the crown last weekend, thanks to some of her stripper pole champion photos.

That wasn't enough to get her title stripped, however, and her reign has begun. Much to the dismay of some critics upset about her Muslim/Arab background.

Rima Fakih Bikini Pic

While the contestant herself has spoken little about this, stressing that her family observes both Muslim and Christian holidays, others have been very vocal.

Daniel Pipes, who publishes a right-leaning blog on Middle Eastern affairs, pointed to a supposed "surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants."

While "they are all attractive," Pipes, a former board member of the U.S. Institute for Peace, said they "make me suspect an odd form of affirmative action."

Pipes didn't theorize how shadowy beauty-pageant fixers might be greasing the skids for Rima Fakih or contestants, but other political bloggers went further.

Did Miss USA Rima Fakih benefit from political correctness?

"Miss Hezbollah is now Miss USA," declared conservative radio talk show host Debbie Schlussel, saying Fakih's Lebanese relatives had ties to the terrorist group.

Schlussel also said Fakih received financial backing from Hezbollah supporter Imad Hamad and wrote her off to a "politically correct, Islamo-pandering climate."

Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin saw a conspiracy, too - though generic rather than Muslim-specific this time. Malkin mocked Fakih as "gaffetastic."

While Fakih bungled her answer about birth control, runner-up Morgan Elizabeth Woolard of Oklahoma was asked for her views on Arizona's immigration law.

That question drew boos from the crowd before the judge - actor Oscar Nunez of The Office - could even finish getting it out, but Woolard handled it very well.

Still, Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson suggested that Woolard's conservative-leaning informed opinion cause the judges to exercise political correctness.

Is that why Fakih won the crown over a blonde from Oklahoma? She will keep her crown regardless, but the controversy continues to swirl regarding her victory.


This strikes me as odd. She is attractive, but I saw a lot of attractive women in the pagent last year. It seems to me that she won in part due to the politically correct atmosphere. I guess people feel like if we have a arab miss usa, the arab world and terrorists will like us better? um. no. please, no politics in these pagents. no political questions from contestants, no political answers. immigration? birth control? that's not what you should ask about. what about things that are apolitical? what happened to questions on world hunger? or malaria? or diseases. or poverty.. or illiteracy. i mean give me a break, these judges can't come up with classy questions to ask?


Mad Americans.... u always seek ways to excuse yourselfes.. Damn Americans!!!!


Rima Fakih is attractive, but not beautiful enough to win. Politics played a big part last year when Carrie Prejean answered her question. It may have played a role this year, as well. But Rima Fakih is representing the USA to the world, so let's all support her now.


So, it has to be a reason why another woman won out over a blonde? This damn nazi-a@@ country still has a long way to go. How do you judge someone on a skin color let alone a hair color? Ridiculous!


Indeed Miss Political Correctness!


If she bungled the answer on birth control, then why did she win?Is the whole USA pageant a farce to begin with?


Rima Fakih Biography

Rima Fakih Bikini Picture
Rima Fakih is Miss USA 2010. She was Miss Michigan prior to that honor, and is believed to be the first Muslim-American Miss USA. Born in... More »
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Rima Fakih