Blair Griffith, the Miss Colorado winner who wound up homeless, was featured on 20/20 Friday night following previous PR on the Today show -- so she seemed a lock to seriously compete for the crown at last night's Miss USA pageant. But no: She didn't even make the sixteen-person quarter-finals, falling short to a parade of interchangeable rivals who seemed straight off the Mattel assembly line. Was she too real for the Donald Trump-owned spectacle?
Could be. As this ABC wrap-up points out, contestants still gun shy following the 2009 controversy involving Carrie Prejean, who spoke out against gay marriage on that year's broadcast, erred on the side of blandness. Note the response offered by Miss California Alyssa Campanella, the eventual winner, on the subject of medical marijuana: "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... I'm not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war. 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."
The pageant as a whole seemed just as cautious -- more concerned with not making a misstep than demonstrating the slightest 21st century relevance. Hence, Griffith, among the least plasticine of the women who paraded across the Las Vegas stage, was doomed. But she's still got a lot better chance to use her Miss USA platform in interesting ways than do the majority of contestants chosen ahead of her.
Look below to see a portion of the 20/20 segment, followed by a clip of Campanella getting crowned.
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