Beauty and the Brains

The reigning Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, recently visited the U.S. naval facility in eastern Cuba, otherwise known as the Guantanamo Bay base, on a trip organized by the United Service Organizations (USO), for the general purpose of boosting the morale of US troops.

Miss UniverseIn a blog entry, Mendoza described her visit to the world’s most notorious prison and torture camp as an “incredible experience.”  She wrote: “It was a loooot of fun!”  What did she do there?  “We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the(y) recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books.”  Sounds like the detainees are having the time of their life!  “It was very interesting.”  Indeed it was.  In fact, it was so interesting that  “I didn’t want to leave,” she said.  Right.  Who would want to leave a fun place like this?  A wonderful beech for enjoying the warm sun,  movies for your entertainment, art classes to satisfy your aesthetic and creative urges, great books to stimulate your intellect and imagination, the company of amazing people from around the world, and, most of all, an indefinite amount of time at your hands and no cell phones or emails to distract you from your looooong vacation.


Mendoza added: “it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.”  I am sure the detainees would agree.  Only a few ungrateful ones are complaining that the facilities are not what they had expected.  But if it’s good enough for Miss Universe, I am convinced it would be great for everyone else.

Perhaps our former President and Vice President wish to have a good time too?


  1. Ahmed, you were too harsh. For a person with mild mental retardation, her comments weren’t really that bad.

    1. To be fair, beauty queens are supposed to act “nice,” which means they can’t say anything even remotely controversial even if they are capable of doing so. On the other hand, I am wondering if anyone realizes how outrageously controversial is the stereotype of beauty queens promising to work for “world peace.” What can be more politically subservise than “world peace”?

  2. Fantastic post…we live in a world full of contradictions; why can’t we add one more to the basket? CEO’s getting compensated for failure, Professors making really dumb comments, Spirituality being confused with materiality, the list goes on…

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