Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Miss USA 2006 not fired but has to go to rehab
Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner was given a second chance Tuesday by billionaire Donald Trump who who co-owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests and was widely expected to fire Conner.
Allegations of blond beauty queen Conner partying and underage drinking at bars and nightclubs in New York -- where the legal drinking age is 21 -- began surfacing last week. The former Miss Kentucky USA turned 21 on Monday.
A teary Conner told reporters "I wouldn't say that I am an alcoholic that would be pushing the envelope a little bit. I don't have a problem with anything like that."
Donald Trump said Conner would enter rehab although he failed to say for what.
If she doesn't believe she has a problem with drinking then why is she entering a rehab? From what she said, she hasn't even come clean.
More importantly what kind of a message does this send to other young girls who aspire to walk down the same path.
It is certainly gracious for Trump to forgive but whatever to happened to personal responsibility and accountability of actions.
This sets up a contradiction that is both confusing and dangerous to young people, particularly women.
Donald Trump said he believed she could be a "great example for troubled people."
It remains to be seen what kind of a role model she turns out to be, given the prevailing commercial culture which glorifies sexist poses of Paris Hilton and the increasing popularity of Britney Spears who is becoming increasingly unclothed.