After a couple of years of scandal-filled headlines, the Miss USA Pageant for 2011 simply snuck up on everyone and happened — almost without hitch or complaint. But that would be asking far too much of an event that thrives on publicity. Still, by the end of the Las Vegas evening, broadcast almost completely live from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on NBC Television, Alyssa Campanella, Miss California 2011, became the winner of the Miss USA Pageant — without drama and controversy.
Of course, there could be a video or set of photos that suddenly emerges, but until then…
Campanella, a self-proclaimed history geek who is into the Stuart and Tudor periods, was crowned Miss USA Sunday evening in the 60th annaul Miss USA Beauty Pageant. She did so after making the final four with a little help from her stunning looks as well as her intellect. After making the final four, she was asked to weigh in on the question of the legalization of marijuana.
Well, I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today’s economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically,” she adroitly replied.
“I’m not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war,” she added. “I mean, it’s abused today, unfortunately, so that’s the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it’s OK.”
It was just such a question that many believe cost Carrie Prejean the Miss USA title in 2009. When asked about the legalization of same-sex marriage in some states, she gave a stumbling answer that was perceived as an intolerant stance against gays. After Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was crowned the winner, Prejean was the subject of an intense national debate, both concerning pageant questions and the gay rights issue of same-sex marriage. But the controversy became scandalous when nude photos and even a compromising video of Prejean surfaced.
Miss USA 2010 didn’t occur without its scandalous bits, either. Although Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan 2010, eventually won the crown, she was the subject of a minor scandal involving a contest she won at a bar where she was photographed dancing around a stripper’s pole. There was also a question scandal involving Miss Oklahoma — where the Pageant came under fire once more for “unfair” questioning.
Which was no doubt the overriding reason that the questions section of the pageant was pre-taped for the 2011 event. That’s where much of the complaints were directed. Again, the types of questions asked and that they were pre-taped were questioned, which probably simply proves the adage that you just can’t please everyone.
But scandal? None so far. Perhaps one can find scandal in the fact that Campanella was once a blonde. Or perhaps there’s something controversial in the fact that Campanella was born in New Jersey but was representing California. Misrepresentation?
Regardless, the Miss USA 2011 winner Alyssa Campanella will represent the United States in the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant.
The 60th annual Miss USA Pageant was broadcast on NBC Television. Viewers of the show in the Myrtle Beach area watched the competition and Campanella take the crown and title on WMBF-TV.