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Friday, September 5, 2014

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

OK, I get it. The news is 9,999 kinds of depressing lately — hells, USUALLY — so the big cheese editor dudes at the Globe wanna insert something that’s make us all giggle or, at least, give us a wry grin. I totally understand!

Still, this very important story was on page three of The World section. Below the fold but still... page three fer Bast’s sake!

Ousted Pageant Star Demands Apology

I can’t find this trés significant news item on the Boston Globe site so here’re some snippets from the New York Daily News — yes, the Daily News. Apparently the Globe is goin’ mobile in a downward fashion.
Miss Asia Pacific World booted May Myat Noe as its 2014 queen last week because organizers said she was rude and ungrateful — even when the contest paid for her plastic surgery. The Myanmar beauty said she refused the pageant's demands that she have breast implants. Now, she wants an apology.
~~snip~~
Noe denied ever accepting any plastic surgery from Miss Asia Pacific World and blasted the contest's leaders for trying to bully her into having the procedures, she said at a Tuesday press conference.

The beauty also said the South Korea-based pageant lied about her age: she's 16, not 18.
Noe said she never meant to steal the crown. She boarded a plane from South Korea to her home country before organizers told her she was dethroned, she said.
 So then, what I’d like to know is this — what constituted sufficiently egregious rude and ungrateful behavior such that it caused them to take back her title? Also, the organizers allegedly paid for her alleged surgery? So the contest was fixed then? I mean, do ya invest big bucks in bigger boobs if the chicklet’s gonna lose? No. I don't think so.

AND, I only mention it but here in the good ol’ US of A, you need to be 18 for saline implants and 22 for silicone. Dunno what the minimum age in South Korea.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post had this subhead
"I was put under duress to undergo head-to-toe cosmetic surgery which I refused... I didn't have breast implants, but I don't want to go into details, to preserve my dignity," she said. 
 There’s dignity in beauty pageants? Is that something new?

Now, here’s the thing, not only was this vitally urgent story on page three of a still respected fish wrap, it was right next door to Bomb Kills 11 in Egyptian Police Force. Interestingly, I can find this piece in the on line paper but not the other. Did one of those high priced editor fellas finally get that one story is news and the other is OK! Mag fluff?
A roadside bomb exploded Tuesday near an armored police vehicle traveling in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, killing 11 police officers, including a senior official, security and medical officials said.
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An Al Qaeda-inspired group called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for a series of explosions and suicide attacks over the past year, mostly targeting police officers and soldiers.
I now have that old Sesame Street tune “One of These Things is Not Like the Others” cruising around in my head right now.

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