Editor's Note: Peter Heck returns to the studio and to the Liberty Tree on June 18.
For those anxiously awaiting to hear the final news (and I know that you were), but managed to miss the hard-hitting headline a couple weeks ago, it seems that the first ever transgendered beauty pageant, going by the name of Jenna Talackova, did not win the crown. Many tears were shed:
The first-ever transgender contestant to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant has lost her bid to win the title.
Jenna Talackova, 23, competed with 61 contestants Saturday night. She was among the final 12 contestants.
Talackova, who was born a male, underwent a sex change four years ago. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native was initially denied entry to Canada's pageant because she was not a natural-born female. Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, subsequently overruled that decision.
The 6-foot-1 (1.8-meter-1 centimeter) blond beauty strutted the runway and competed in the bikini and formal wear contests.
So at least there are moral victories. This individual who was born a man was still able to strut the runway and parade around in a bikini. Isn’t it amazing how back and forth the left goes on these kinds of things? In one breath, beauty pageants are demeaning to women, demonstrating the leftovers of a bygone era of chauvinistic paternalism where men objectified women and treated them only as objects of meat to be used for their pleasure.
But just wait long enough and in the next breath, those same pageants will be regarded as the height of femininity – a rite of passage that every man wanting to shed their parts and become a woman should have the right to engage.
Undoubtedly the post-pageant commentary from lefties will include all the typical nonsense about shattering glass ceilings and being a pioneer. It will include comments about how Jenna is a Jackie Robinson of his/her day and that one day she will be enshrined in the Smithsonian. Blah, blah, blah.
If you’re really looking for a silver lining, consider the one that Peter talked about on the radio back during the original controversy: maybe this will at least give married men who want to ogle after women who aren’t their wives pause, lest they tune in and actually be ogling a man. Yikes.