Girls sure done gone wild in 2006, didn't they? At least, many of the ones in the public eye did.
We had Miss USA Tara Conner, whose title was on the line after she was spotted drinking and partying underage in New York City. This included swapping spit with Miss Teen USA Katie Blair. After mulling it over for a few days, pageant co-owner Donald Trump let the beauty queen keep her throne, presumably so she could kneel and barf in it after a night of hard partying. Conner agreed to go into alcohol rehab, as anyone under 21 who tries booze clearly must be an alcoholic.
Not sated by this penalty, MADD got very mad at Conner and at the pageant, and pulled their involvement (whatever that was). Indeed, MADD cannot stand the thought of young people dying behind the wheel here in the US, but could care less about teenagers dying behind the wheel of a Humvee in Baghdad. A beacon of moral clarity, aren't they?
Then there was the discovery that Miss USA Nevada Katie Rees had herself done some heavy partying a while back, with pictures to prove it. In the candid shots she's seen showing off her breasts and her thong underwear, kissing women (and not just on the lips, but in some cases on something that rhymes with lips) and simulating oral sex on and recieving simulated oral sex from others. Incidentally, this party took place just a few miles from my home, which leads me to ask, where was my invite? WTF, Rees?
Miss Rees did get the boot from the Donald; the case against her was just too strong. She has since spoken publicly about the pictures, saying she was young then and wants to be given a second chance. During her press conference, just a few days ago in Clearwater, Florida, Rees was wearing a turtleneck that would make Muslim women look immodest. I can tell you for sure, the temperature here didn't justify the outfit - it's been up in the 80s Fahrenheit - so she was clearly trying to show that she's changed (her clothes, at least).
Earlier this year, the soon-to-be-single mother of two Britney Spears was spotted partying with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. A veritable tramp trifecta! While her two companions already had their party creds established, Britney merely had dropped her kids or driven with them sitting on her lap. She joined the club in a big way, though, by being photographed climbing into a car while wearing a short dress with nothing underneath.
The aforementioned young ladies (and all others) would do well to remember that, with a small handheld device, anyone around them can snap a photo and post it to the Internet (i.e. the entire world) in seconds. And a lot of people have these devices. I do have to say, given the timing of the incident (with her seeking liberation from married life), and her company, I'm quite sure Britney's disrobe malfunction was intentional.
But hey, the sans panties practice is a nice way to avoid yeast infections. Good example for other young women to keep their netherlands healthy. (If she were smart - and judging by her political leanings and her choices in men she clearly isn't - Britney would have spun the story this way.)
Famous young people are often chided for their behavior, as they are expected to be role models. I'm not sure that's realistic. I mean, they ought to rein it in a bit, I think, but they're still young people with many of the same inclinations as their peers. Sometimes they show bad judgment, and they pay for it. We shouldn't act surprised by any of it. (OK, if some teen star turns out to be a serial killer, we can all act shocked.)
Beauty pageant winners, in particular, are held to high ideals. They look great in a fancy gown and can play the piano or twirl a baton, so they ought to be held up as a shining standard for all people their own age? The whole premise of the beauty pageant is flawed; people shouldn't be rewarded for being attractive, nor expected to act any differently than other people their own age.
A final thought as I contemplate a year of juicy controversy ahead: Where were all these bisexual exhibitionists when I was growing up? DAAAAMMMN!