Donald Trump, owner of Miss Universe, was one of the first people shown during the Miss Universe Pageant on November 9, 2013. Twitter was blowing up with tweets about #MissUniverse2013 where young male and female writers expressed their sometimes racist and sexist opinions on the beauty pageant. All of the contestants introduced themselves in their native language with a split screen of the woman in her “native” dress. Some ignorant people on Twitter did not appreciate the introductions in foreign languages, but it added some authenticity to the pageant because the entire world does not speak English as their first language.
Many of the cultural outfits were appropriate although glitter and gems were incorporated because it is a beauty pageant after all. Other outfits had no connection to the country that she represented. Erin Brady, Miss USA, wore a transformers costume, and many people on Twitter questioned her outfit.
Throughout the entire night, it seemed that the camera shots were for the male viewer as the camera emphasized every woman’s butt as she walked onto the stage during the swimsuit and ball gown competitions. Designers made a $1 million swimsuit which the former Miss Universe wore on stage, but was not up to the audience’s expectations. Once all the women were on stage in their swimsuits, Panic At The Disco came on stage and started singing while the women had choreographed a dance to their song. People were questioning why the women were being objectified in their swimsuits, shaking their bodies for men to look.
At this point, #PanicAtTheDisco had many fans who began to comment on the beauty pageant and expressed their devotion to the band. Some of the viewers only wanted to be entertained by the band and had no interest in the actual beauty pageant.
During the final questions, five women remained in the competition and only one of the five women actually answered the question she was given, and no, Miss Philippines, the only woman to answer the given question, did not win the competition. People were outraged at the types of questions each woman had to answer because some questions were personal while others were about global issues.
Audience members who don’t critique what they watch will argue that Miss Universe is not all about beauty. After watching the pageant and following Twitter simultaneously, it is evident that this is a true BEAUTY pageant, where a woman with brains doesn’t belong if she is the most beautiful.