PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT,Las Vegas-As news of the brand new winner of Miss America, or is it Ms America, an Arab-American but strictly speaking a Lebanese-American, Rima Fakih, sank in and congratulatory sms's zoomed across the networks organizers are agonizing on which demographic minority to make Miss USA 2011.
"We have already received a ton of requests from the Majority Minorities. Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Chinese-Americans and the rapidly growing Africans in America for kind consideration for the much coveted crown." said Kirsten Plumf a panel member.
" But that's not all. We received such a barrage of race/ethnicity names i never knew existed like the Chammoro. Almost though it was a variation of Chicano.Luckily we verified everything at the Census Bureau's website which also kinda vaguely explained the differences between Spanish/Hispanic/ Latino et cetera" added Plumf.
The GOP neo-conservatives complained this was a move at bowing to the Muslims but Ms.Plumf dismissed them as old school politicians just doing what they do best- politicizing everything at first sight.
Meanwhile, modern Arab-Americans across America celebrated by firing blanks in the air at this rare victory in which nobody was hurt which proved critics wrong, once again, that soft power is not just rhetoric.
Similar feeling was felt across international borders: "nine years after nine eleven. America has a president of Muslim origin and a Muslim Miss
America," tweeted Khalid Alkhalifa, the foreign minister of Bahrain.
But not everybody was happy especially fundamental Muslim websites who condemned Rima for bringing dishonour upon her family. Threats of the usual fatwas followed immediately.
the mostly Muslim Arab-Lebanon-American Miss America 2010 who easily passes off as an African-American to a regular American effectively ruins any chances of an African-American winning the 2011 tiara unless, of course, she is Muslim
"Well, modeling is fine as long as the woman is chastely covered up but we have proof this girl has stripped at least once, pole danced and wore a bikini. Though i must add i haven't seen the photos myself and the footage because i think beauty pageants is toxic entertainment, what she did my colleagues say is not very good " said a representative of MIA[Muslims In America] Shahad Bilal who is considered a voice of moderation.
Rima's friends and family have chosen to ignore such threats and advised her to do the same and her uber-moderate parents reassured her she is a quasi Muslim i.e practicing both Islam and Christianity thus the fatwa does not hold.
Something else they have chosen to ignore is Bilal's incessant calls to their family home to 'discuss a way out' in return for their daughter's hand in marriage- the proper Islamic way.