May 12, 2010

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The Miss USA photo controversy!

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Are the Miss USA photos too racy?

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Smith in Oregon   May 12th, 2010 7:31 pm ET

Obviously parading Miss USA photos of them in lingerie are designed to boost sagging ratings and build on continued success for Donald Trump.

Ironically it seems that while Carrie Prejean got into a bitter debate and situation over much the same lingerie sessions where Donald Trump stepped in and protected her, now a green-light across the board has apparently been given.

How about some pole dancing Donald Trump? That would be a crowd pleaser wouldn't it?

Nana Brown   May 12th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

The only thing Donald Trump can not buy is class.
What's the difference between Donald Trump and the man in the maroon polyester suite and hat hustling on the street corners? Sadly these girls are no different to the girls clad in Burka's..... they are being exploited by control men.
Stop exploited women in Thongs or Burka.

julie   May 12th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

The photos are softcore porn and should not have been taken. It is another bad influence on young girls. It tells young women that not only do you have to look flawless and perfect (plastic surgery) but you have to be a sell yourself as a sex object.

Charlotte   May 12th, 2010 8:20 pm ET

Yes, they are too racy!!!!!!

Charlotte   May 12th, 2010 8:21 pm ET

Yes, they are too racy!

Patricia Goewey   May 12th, 2010 8:33 pm ET

We are living in the 21st century, these are young adult women in Vegas, puhlease! The Miss USA paegant program is dying on the vine, following the dinosurs, they need re-energizing & vitalization. I wouldn't worry about damage as a role model the young women aren't watching them now.

PS I love you, you, you, you – Johnny G Weir (sorry Larry different love for you, you fierce thing)

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

I saw most of the photos and none were any more revealing than the swim suits worn at the Miss USA pageant. None were any more revealing than the Victoria's Secret brochures. None were even more reveling than undergarment ads you would see in the Sunday paper ads. So let's hear the contrasting opinions from the naked views of the Right-winged, Christian moral majority. Just be prepared for a comeback to hit you where the good Lord split you.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 8:52 pm ET


I guess if they don't fit your profiled wisdom don't wear the tightly bound attitude..

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

I hope Donald dont put a none female liking person like Parez Hilton on as a judge this guy belongs on a dudes padgent .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Dont play over kill on being polliticaly correct on a mans past time Donnald .

Debbie   May 12th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I had trouble deciding if it was a layout about Miss America or application for Tiger Woods harem.....

angela   May 12th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

the problem i have with trump is this, the minute i start to really like him and gain respect for his insights, he undoes it with some other action. i can never like him for long.

Jim   May 12th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Why does Anderson get a four day work week now? He tapes his Friday show to air Thursday so he gets a long weekend? Must be nice, but I wonder how the other anchors feel about this given they have to work 5 days.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

A person could get in trouble for having an affair with food with some of theses dolls .

Bonnie Lawler   May 12th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

We're already known as "Porn Nation" around the globe. I suppose "Miss Porn Nation" is the logical next step...

Shelley Welsh   May 12th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

I think the acceptance of pornography has been acclerated in recent years due to it's wide spread avalibility .We are becoming non cognisant of it's destructive propreties.

Jon Bak   May 12th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Would Donald consider having Ivanka pose for some of those lovely photos?

Saris   May 12th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Don't like it, too racy. No class!

Debbie   May 12th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Don't like it at all. I usually watch the pageants but I'm boycotting this one. What's next? Strip tease for talent? No thank you.

Saris   May 12th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Don't like it, no class

Donna Lynn   May 12th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I am a very liberal I listen to Howard Stern even and I still think these photos do NOT send a good message to our young girls. They are too racy for the USA pagent! Or is this the FHM or Maxium competiton?

shirley somwonder   May 12th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

DOES THIS MAN –TRUMP ADMIT he would be seriously upset if his own lovely daughter appeared in this way.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I hope Donald sends Perez on a long vacation this time .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Do not let let a cigar smoker judge this next padgent.

Monique Dean   May 12th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Think the photos and girls are beaufiutl. That said, what about a TOTALLY NATURAL body??? Why can't we see a contest that demonstrates REAL beauty – ALL natuary, body, hair , etc...while i find the woman would be so nice to see a REAL BODY – don't care what they are dressed in, but rather REAL vs. BOUGHT – SERIOUSLY!!! BOOBS, HAIR, ETC... HELLO>>>>

Mary OGrady   May 12th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I feel that the Miss "whatever" pageants have always been about exploiting the feminine form...I am not against that per se...just sick of those who think otherwise that these women are ever talented or intelligent enough to slide past the most physically attractive ones and into the lead! Mr Trump has a record of being addicted to only the young and most beautiful women and he can afford to get them!
(I would be real scared to be his wife) so why not just call it the Miss USA Lingerie contest!?

Dan in Lafayette,IN   May 12th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Whatever happened to beauty is in the eye of the beholder? I guess now it is in the underwear of the sexiest chick!

Dodie   May 12th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Most of the pictures remind me of a Victoria Secrets Catalog. I do not see why this is even a problem. These women are wearing more clothing than walking down your local beach. In Europe, you seldom find a beach where women wear any clothing. Where is the problem?

Sexualizing has nothing to do with the lack of clothing, it has everything to do with lack of perception.

Keith Brett   May 12th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

I can't believe there is any controversy about this. Those pictures are as innocuous as the Victoria Secret commercials I say daily. When was anybody harmed physically or emotionally by looking at beautiful forms of the human body. These are adult women, not children. Anyone who finds this offensive needs therapy.

Andrea F   May 12th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

If you wouldn't put your own daughter in your Miss U.S.A. Pageant Mr. Trump, why would ANYONE want their daughter in your pageant. The last time I checked, your last name didn't read, " H E F N E R"...

Ed Hickey   May 12th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

MISS USA has finally upgraded to the times. These woman are not in any way trashy, sleezy. I commend Mr. Trump for taking the chance.

Peggy   May 12th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

The AA woman has it absolutely right.

Mary OGrady   May 12th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Hey it's not about Religion it's about women! Get off the right wing religious stuff we are not all Bible thumpers!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

I bet Charly Sheen watches .

Alana   May 12th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Miss USA Contestants should refuse to be paraded as SEX OBJECTS! I am so ashamed of these women!

Judy Blalock   May 12th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

To Paula Deene, I am so shocked that you would participate in a Miss America that borders on porn. You are such a southern lady! I guess you said it all when you said Mr. Trump was a master at marketing. That say's it all.

Anne   May 12th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Totally agree with Sheryl Lee Ralph.

It's not the about how it's inappropriate to show how sexy these girls are. Because, yes, everyone can agree that these girls are beautiful.

The problem is that it overshadows all of their achievements. It sends the message that, even if you are smart and beautiful, you have to strip down and pose like a Victoria Secret model to really be sexy.

Mary OGrady   May 12th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

It's really about the women...not about Mr "Trumpet his own horn." Rich people will do these things. Where's the Mr USA pageant? YES!

Chrish   May 12th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Trashy and unfortunate. It sends the wrong message to children. Nothing wrong but being sexual however wrong venue. Time for pageant to fade away.

Sherylynn   May 12th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

The photos are a bit racy. I understand that we are in a different age, but you have to understand that image is extremely important. I know that the organization promotes good things and performs good works, but all that is being trumped by these racy photos. The photos show nothing of their talent, brains, or character. This is apparent in the type of attention being received at this moment.

molly   May 12th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

I applaud Cheryl Lee Ralph. She is right! What have women in our country overcome? The right to vote, equal job opportunities, sports in high school, combat opportunities in the military, and the list goes on. "This is 2010 . . ." Do you think we've come a long way on our attitudes toward women? After watching the "artistic" photos – I don't.

Dennis DeMille   May 12th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Ms. Ralph is so right. She is absolutely gorgeous, and she has her clothes on!

Melissa Collom   May 12th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I watch your show every night, I have many views that differ from yours but I value others opinions. As I watched tonight and listened to Mr. Trump speak all I can say is, that as a nation of Christians our moral compass is way off. I am a forty three year old woman with three children and I would never want any of my children to pose or be proud of pictures like that. Especially if they are wanting young woman to look up to them. Please dont get me wrong, they are beautiful people but dont need to be showing everyone thier bodies.


Melissa Collom

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

If they let this person go and if she is let go then take the law into your own hands like Arizona .

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 9:33 pm ET


You mean the intransitive verb? a: to lower the body stance especially by bending the legs b : to lie close to the ground with the legs ..Which definition? Or do you mean Peter Crouch? He is a famous footballer from the U.K. who plays for the Tottenham Hotspur. He is only 29 years you have the hots for him? I'm flattered if you're comparing me to him!!!

Leigh Ann   May 12th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

It is a shame that we as a nation had to even ask if the photos were too racy or not....where are our limits people??? Are women only worthy of prizes if they take their clothes off???? These pictures are insulting to me as a young American women. there is time and place to dress in lingere and be sexy....if that's all you got to represent a woman of your country then shame on you! There is enough smut out there in other venues....keep it out of the Miss America contest PLEASE!!!

Denise   May 12th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Dear Larry and whomever might read this note.
I was ashamed of the former drug addict and Ms. America speaking this afternoon at your show.
Ms. America is supposed to be this role model for all of us. An example of what a lady is supposed to be like.
Taking photos in underwear is not lady like. Maybe Ms. Emily post can share with us her insight on the topic. What would Jackie O would say about it? What would Michelle O would say?
Whether the photos are sexy or classy, it appears the former Ms. America on your show must take some classes on lexicography and really understand what those terms mean and take words based on their real denotation and not what commoners would think.
I'd like to know who thinks wearing underwear as outerwear is classy?
Unfortunately as a member of American society I am offended by the young ladies who allowed to be disrespected in that way. I am defrauded by the Ms. America organization and am fearful of what next year would bring. Pole dancing as a talent?
That former Ms. America is a shame to the organization and our country. Being proud of being sober is not something to be proud of. We all have challenges in life, and to be proud of being sober is short of admitting stupidity. I would strongly suggest to that woman, to stay home, away from the media and act a little more lady like, to learn really to be a proud woman.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Maybe we need to re evaluate our laws .

Sue Hudson   May 12th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

I think it is sleazy! Nothing classy about it. Shallow,shallow! The do good image" is just an attempt to dignify trash. Who are they kidding?

Dona   May 12th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Pornographic materials has added to the non reality of the male/female in this country and the world. I find it disgusting and it forces our youth to become superhypersensitive to sexual issues before they are ready.
It is demeaning to women every where, and just another example of using sex to sell. Abuse, rape, and unrealistic expectations for men and women then lead to dysfunction, drugs, divorce, addiction, all very good for the economy, but not to our people.
I say lets see the Donald naked, or near... That should remedy the situation of his credibility. Money is not a substitute, for humanity, nor is the vision of beautiful talented women in barely there's Yes it's the 21st century and God help us all for the way things are, and what we pass on to our youth. This excess had lead to the downfall of civilizations has it not (throughout history) and it can and will happen again, we are close when as a society we think this is a "god thing'

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Dam our country is turning into a Marty Graw .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Out of control and being bad .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Pretty soon they can just cruse into the gulf and stick the hose in the goo and suck it up without the help of a rig .

Sarah   May 12th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

The pictures and advertisements leading up to the Miss USA pagaent are suggesting in order to be deemed "attractive" women must take off their clothes. I thought the swimsuit segment was judging on physique, confirmation, and the physical shape of a women, not juding how sexy one woman is compared to another. This is a growing problem in our society, expecially amongst our youth. Girls are dressing more provacatively and engaging in sexual actvity at younger ages, as they try to gain the attention of the men (or boys) in their life. We've become so over-sexed that just being a girl (navigating peer relationships, intellectual, atheletic, and social interests, etc.) is not enough. Pictures of women in lingerie in provacative poses does catch our attention - that's why TRUMP and NBC are justifying doing this - but in the end, who suffers? Girls and women. With body image issues, teen pregnancy on the rise, self-worth issues, infidelity, and plastic surgery on the rise...just being a woman and just being a girl isn't enough anymore. How physcially sexy we are seems to be more valuable than who we are as a person. Although I'm in my mid 30's, some of the same thoughts and feelings (although perhaps more fleeting) cross my own mind.

Kennitra Thompson   May 12th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I am just so ashamed for these contestants and the supporters of the Miss USA organization. As a national title holder under another prestigious pageant system I am totally in shock that the Miss USA organization call this pageantry. These pictures belong in playboys centerfold. This doesn't showcase the girl next door, the intellect, or the citizen deticated to community service. Miss USA sells sex and scandal they have lowered their standards they accept college drop outs, drug user beauties.

c.a.mcnally   May 12th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

The Miss America photo shoot just proves that the contestants are not enough to stand on their own as they are. It discounts their accomplishments, education and what they bring individually to the competition. How unfortunate for those who fought for the credentials of the pageant, it has been reduced to a beefcake beauty contest. One upside to this, instead of wanting world peace they can all work for respect for women. It appears that we have a better chance for world peace.

Patty   May 12th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

This is definately soft porn. I am concern for America's daughters and the pressure they are under for what is labeled to be beautiful. I am concerned for young men who get hooked on soft porn but do not want to have a wife who shows all the goods that should be between a couple. A wife/girlfriend who does not have that kind of body has it hard to compete with soft porn. Miss USA calles it art but I call it family wrecker. Miss USA says it is 2010 and she is right and we better wake up and call it for what it is – soft porn.

Sanchez   May 12th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

At one point of the discussion Tara (former Miss USA ) stated that the organization does alot of charity work that we "don't see" . The reason for that is that they are not promoting the "honorable" work they do..only the semi -nude pics ...that is a true disservice . It seems like everytime I hear the organization mentioned it's because the winner is a drug addict or she has nude pics that are about to be "leaked" to the media . It would be nice to hear about the ways the organization contributes to society. I feel that to allow these woman to show thier beauty in the form they choose is well, thier choice , but why doesn't the organization promote the good work they do with the same media ? Why not give young woman more to aspire to than exploiting themselves...You know BEAUTY, BRAINS and HEART !!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Thank you guys for doing what cowards wont .

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

God bless our heros in the armed forces .

Dodie   May 12th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

@Leigh Ann

In Europe, many of the ads photograph women and men nude! Europe has proven the amount of clothing is irrelevant, as there is less sexual crimes per capita then in the US.

A photograph is just that... nothing more! The sexualizing of these women are created by "your" mind.

JOE FLORES   May 12th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

shirley somwonder hit the subject matter right on the head! Let's have a Trump Pageant where all the Trump women: his wife, daughter, and all of his ex-wives, oh what the hell through in the 18 and over granddaughters too and have them compete against each other. Let's make them pose playboy style for the "world famous photographer." I'm sure you'll get ratings for that spectacle too! If that's what our society's barometer has become it's a shame!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 12th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Good night Larry all of your programs are special .

Theresa   May 12th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Forty years ago women worked hard to be recognized for their ability to do the job, appreciated for their intelligence, to be allowed to be whatever they wanted ...not just the typical female professions. Then there are creatures like Donald Trump who only admires a female if she's a perfect 10!!! Didn't he pay for Carrie Prejean's breast augmentation.....he professes he admires an intelligent woman...but I'm certain only if she has the perfect face & physique!!! I am fed up with the male species who set the standards for members of my gender!!! Mr. Trump...go back to your real estate's're just like the rest...just one of those reality celebs!!!!

angela   May 12th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Dodie-on a final note, you are not in EUROPE but I wish you were since you hate it here so much.

Lisa   May 12th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

When I was a child I loved watching pageants on TV. I'm sure many young girls will be watching this one.

How sad to give them this message, that they must be HOT to
succeed in life.

How much worse are things going to get? We are on a slippery slope.

JOE FLORES   May 12th, 2010 10:11 pm ET


Nancy   May 12th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Don't like it. Too racy. Will boycott it!

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 10:14 pm ET


Well Theresa you're a perfect (10) to all who read your blogs. I certainly appreciate you for the intelligent comments and common sense values
you hold so dear.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 12th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Yes, they do look sleazy. Just don't like the poses and setting.

Julie   May 12th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Miss USA Pageant is definitely a sex show now..comparable to the Victoria Secret Fashion show. Of course Donald Trump thinks the pictures are great, etc. Isn't he the producer of the pageant?
I hope it's on after 11pm!

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 10:19 pm ET


The pictures I have seen showed ALL the women in more clothing than the swimsuit contest. I just think the word "lingerie" creates more in the mind than pleasure to the eyes. I am a bit curious, did you boycott (ALL) past pageants?

lee   May 12th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

yes! The head shots were tasteful.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 10:22 pm ET


It's after 11pm somewhere...goodnight! I am crouched over looking at your departure..

Karen   May 12th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I think that the photos are very trashy. I have been in a couple of pageants myself. Clearly, Mr. Trump does not know what pageants are all about. Mr. Trump's views on women are evident in every setting he is seen in, from The Apprentice to the women in his life. Women should not be judged by how sexy they are. Mr. Trump is turning pageants into the type of entertainment he enjoys. Although I am a huge fan of The Apprentice, I am not a huge Donald Trump fan. Thankfully his children seem grounded. The Donald is way too arrogant for me. Donald, look in the mirror and get a life!

Marilyn   May 12th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

The Miss USA Pageant has gone too far.
We will not be watching with our daughter this year. Women having to pose in their underwear, what kind of competition is this? This sends the wrong message to our young women. Too bad this is really all about ratings Mr. Trump.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

@Melissa Collom

Perhaps you would be best suited in a nation of Muslims where they bag their women in public and deny them the right to work, the privilege to drive, the right to vote, the right to assemble, the right to an education, the right to free speech....They too have a moral compass pointing south toward isolation, ignorance, ineptitude, and other's ideologies because they cannot have the right to freedom, as we know it.

jack   May 12th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Call me old fashioned , but I thought the picture of the model from 1990's was more attractive.

KEITH GRAHAM   May 12th, 2010 10:42 pm ET


Panther   May 12th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Yes, these pictures are not what Miss America is suppose to represent. Miss America is not only beauty, but also brains. These pictures may be fine for a Victoria Secret catalog, but as far as representing a future Miss America, they lack CLASS. Does this pageant need to resort to tacky methods for ratings? Apparently so. The Miss America beautiy pageant has seen better days and it is sorely outdated, no matter how it is packaged. The entire beauty pageant thing has become lame and a joke in 2010.

jack   May 12th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

@Karen...You are right, "the kind of entertainment He enjoys." He is good at getting wealthy and making deals, but he lacks in good taste and judgement of what is aesthetic, at times.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 10:59 pm ET


You're old fashioned...with a naked sense of

Bonnie Yu   May 12th, 2010 11:04 pm ET

Trump EXPLOITED the Miss USA Pageant Contestants to earn big bucks for himself. All for the sake for MONEY, how sad!

The Miss USA Pageant should have never been handled by one who loves fake boobs and pulled up faces in the first place. We need more credible, more ethical people to manage the pageant.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 11:09 pm ET


OK...Let's try for a REAL Miss USA contestant. A 5'4" 250 pound, well educated young women with early heart disease that can't sing or dance without gasping for air or falling over, zits from ear to ear, dressed in a Burlap Burqua and can recite the Quran from the right to left, hairy arms that can only lift a spoon, and knows 7 languages, but is to tired to answer any questions.

jack   May 12th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

I really don't have any problem with the amount of clothes they were wearing,They had more clothes on than many. I just find the bathing suits more appealing. To each their own But , if they have to do things the sated media thinks makes them look bad or sexy,that is problematic for a contest that is supposed to display talent, charm and beauty. Trump is interested in the big bucks, and this is how he wants to get them.

jack   May 12th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

@Cajazz76:24:8...I didn't want to be a wet blanket, so I used some dry humor. Actually women of Arab extraction are often quite pretty. That may be why the men hide them in burquas, and why the dead enders want all those virgins in the after life.

Kimberly Fidele   May 12th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Je t'aime and adore all your moments in your show,may God always keep you in good spirit and bless your soul.Thanks for helping the Haitian people, I won't never forgot that moment.
Larry mon Amour I'm asking you one more favor as an Haitian American.May 22nd will be my birthday 58 years old, I'd never get no present even a birthday party,no vacation always at work as a single Mom.,but I do truly and sincerely need one this year, could you please share your anniversairy with me to send my request to all my favorites lovely fans: Oprah, Tyler Perry,K.West,JZ and his beautiful Wife,Ellen, Bill Gate and Donald help me with my dream House at Sandy Spring to share with my family victim from the earthquake seeking for a roof under their head, just a place can feet 10 children,23 grand-children, 2 greats blessing babies,aunts, nieces,cousins.God will provide for the rest, for financial support, furnitures,car etc. they're over friends houses,some at the hospital with open heart surgery etc.Larry I know you won't let me down with your sensible humanitarian heart always concern for less fortunate and the whole world know,ANDERSON COOPER AND YOU LARRY KING.You are Angels in earth and trust me guys your rewards will be greaterin heaven.God bless you guys and BLESS AMERICA.
Thank in advance mon Amour for making my dream com true.
Au revoir en esperant ta reponse.

Dodie   May 12th, 2010 11:22 pm ET

@ angela

And where in my blog did I say I hate it here!

I was simply making a comparison.

I wonder why.... you are taking it to such a level?

Dodie   May 12th, 2010 11:26 pm ET

@ jack

People on this blog are missing the point! Sexualization of an individual has nothing to do with clothing as in Europe, many are photographed nude, both men and women. It has to do with the beholder's perception.

Dodie   May 12th, 2010 11:29 pm ET


how about some 'wet' humor and a nice dry blanket?

jack   May 12th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

@Dodie..You are right, one is a way of viewing things the other is a cultural preference. It is , as you can see, that people might be shocked, that some children will copy the girls in the pageant to rebel against their parents. And they will rebel, just like they always have.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 12th, 2010 11:42 pm ET


I spent over five years in the land of Arabs, Saudi Arabia, and I can honestly say I never saw the face of one of them. One time I was coming down the steps of my villa and the landlords wife was sweeping the steps. She buried her face into the wall so hard I could later see her wrinkles in the painted concrete. I spent two years in Iran during, and a very short while after the reign of the Shah, and they were dressed in western dress and tight-fitting jeans and they were gorgeous. I agree Middle Eastern women are quite beautiful. I have seen them in Jordan, Iraq and several other countries. Those on the Arabian Peninsula are still a mystery to me.

jack   May 12th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

@Dodie ...May 12th, 2010 11:29 pm ET
......Now you are talking my language. lol

jack   May 12th, 2010 11:48 pm ET

@...Cajazz76:24:8...Yes, remember how fervent the young people were to overthrow the Shah? I suppose many of them feel differently now.

Jaya Santhan Tony   May 12th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

I have never been a beauty pageant contestant myself...however, isn't it about time America's beauty queens are women of American character rather than hiding behind the facade of nudity or partial nudity or lingerie...I really have a hard time believing that there are no attractive, sweet women of character left in America...By character I mean proven deeds of genuine kindness, belief in self-worth as a human being, ability to inspire younger girls of all colors, sizes, ages, ethnicities, ability to achieve independence through hard work and education etc...

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 12:00 am ET


One exception in regards to those who reside on the Arabian Peninsula. I has spent a short time in Yemen and they were strong and stringy little creatures but looks had escaped them...They must have lost them to years of hard labor...and a few uncut or slaughtered genes..of sorts. Save the RHINOS..they use the horns as dagger handles and don't eat the carcass..Could explain the scrawny builds.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 12:06 am ET


I remember quite well...all too well. But, it was the corrupt government, and the squandering of their wealth, that they were opposed to; and, of course, our involvement in establishing the Peacock Throne. Today it is quite different. They really do have a fondness for the American people, since many of them are here as naturalized citizen's relaying what they are devoid of...freedom....

Kay   May 13th, 2010 12:08 am ET

I think these photos are disgusting. Whatever happened to leaving a little for the imagination? Young ladies should not be exploited in this manner.

jack   May 13th, 2010 12:10 am ET

@Cajazz76:24:8...Which was your favorite country?

Angelia   May 13th, 2010 12:10 am ET

Yes the pix are racy!!! Is this the tryouts for Fredricks or Victoria's Secret? And by the way, you were rude to Paula on the phone, get some manners!

christy/Bill Dixon   May 13th, 2010 12:12 am ET

I feel the Miss U.S.A. contestent pictures are nice, but I don't like them
for these women. I believe the pagent should be wholesome – and these
pictures are not !! My family and I are turned off and will not be watching
anymore. I'm sure our friends feel the same way. Everything is about sex
these days. I'm not exposing my children to this pagent.

Dodie   May 13th, 2010 12:16 am ET


Being a red-blooded American male, I feel you would understand :~)

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 12:17 am ET


In the Middle far the time , now Jordan or Bahrain..

Laura Gonzalez   May 13th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Donald Trump is exploiting these women, cheapening them. Johnny Weir's assertion that these pornographic photos are" empowering" these women is laughable.
Donald Trump is adding an element of sleaze to the pageant to increase ratings."We're going to get very big numbers(ratings)..." is what he says. It's a shame because these girls are supposed to be role models for young women and girls. There are enough sleazy role models out there...can't we keep Miss America clean and wholesome?

Tina Tallent   May 13th, 2010 12:26 am ET

It's a crying shame when I have keep my 8 year old daughter from seeing photos of the Miss America contestants. Based on this she should not see the show on tv either. It is sad what it has become. Trump needs to sell it before he makes it worse.

jamie graham   May 13th, 2010 12:27 am ET

the woman right sex sells but respect dont shes right
it dont taking every thing off is very bad to show the young girl dont
they remember that dove bath soap add about girls well they for got
sees like

Alana   May 13th, 2010 12:28 am ET

God Bless you Sheryl Lee Ralph for telling it like it is about the exploitation of these women! Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself!

jack   May 13th, 2010 12:29 am ET

The people who planted false memories in the children should be more accountable. This technique has been disproven time and time again, and many innocents have had their lives ruined by such actions. Now that they know such techniques are unrelaible, they should revise their investigatory tools before other innocents are brought up on false charges.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 12:29 am ET

@Laura Gonzalez..

America is keeping their women 'whole'some...if I read you correctly. Whole bags of Cheetos, whole 1/4 pounders in groups of two, whole 1quart milkshakes, whole blueberry pies, whole buckets of KFC, whole double cheese pizzas, whole baskets of fries..I am waiting for the wholesome REAL American Miss USA contestants to take that stage, 'some' day...

Darin bronka   May 13th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Yes they are, you say a lot of ppl will watch because of those photos. Well i have never watched one pageant because of the whole swimsuit & near revealing of the bodies. You claim that miss America; miss USA does all this good charity work. Well if they're doing all this good charity work, why do they have to parade around near naked. I tell you why, so 60 yr old men in business suits can get their rocks off. These photo shoots & lingerie outfits are unnessecary.

JOJO   May 13th, 2010 12:33 am ET

ABSOLUTELY!! This show will be banned in our home. More and more TV/Music/Hollywood is poisoning the minds of our children and this is just over the line sleezy.

We uphold moral standards and teach modesty. This, as well as a lot of other programs out now~ like Miley Cyrus' new video, will not be viewed in our home by our kids or the adults.

jamie graham   May 13th, 2010 12:39 am ET

enough is enough women are being kill off by every
young man like miss love in va school by her boy friend and young
baby girls are too more than the news could report on tv networks
and some girls grow up knowing they will live for ever but they
wont and cant which out being guided by GOD knowing what is great
value first .... them and their relationship with jesus

Fran   May 13th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Women are our worst enemies ladies. females that feed into the ideology of what your "place" is our working against us. 'women that strip or work at hooters are only replicating the system. the change comes within. Do you really think men will jump up and change this. we as women have an obligation not to to feed into the sexist system and therefore end the replication and the norms that see this behavior as a norm. it is sexist, however true, and women are at the core of the responsibility. education is the ultimate key to change this behavior. Stand up whenyou are uncomfortable speak out! We have so far to come but men are responsible for their behavior and this is the ultimate issue that needs to be addressed.

Kristin   May 13th, 2010 12:48 am ET

I am not shocked that the Miss USA pagent has gone this far and is now displaying the contestants as Playboy models. I am also not at all surprised that this new venue for the contestants was developed and promoted by a male, and will be supported by a vast majority of others. What does baffle me is your Miss USA contestant from a few years back, who is entirely in favor of such marketing for the show. Larry, you do need to have a point-and-counterpoint argument in your show, but I would hope you could find a more intelligent and sound argument for more female nudity. There are no good, moral reasons, but there are sound reasons for marketing and earnings off of nudity, if one believes in that. Your other guest, the contestant from 1994, has it completely right. These images, and this type of marketing, are one more example for young American girls that demonstrate what is truly valued in our society. Yes, many of these women are bright and extremely well educated; but these traits are glossed over quickly, if at all. Young women today see and hear so many images and voices promoting the physical virtues of women, and most often in a very degrading manner. What are our hopes and expectations of the next generations of American women? Our nations children are at risk in so many ways, and need help any way they can get. To portray such images to young women, and yes, they will watch the pagent even if it isn't intended for young audiences, it to betray the future generations of American women. Shame on that younger, former contestant, guest. If she ever does become a mother to a daughter, she will, with hope, finally see the light and start promoting something positive for our nation's daughters.

Paulina   May 13th, 2010 12:49 am ET



Josh Terembes   May 13th, 2010 12:51 am ET

is it wrong for beutiful people to exploit their looks for money and fame? certaintly no more wrong than it is or intelligent people to exploit their smarts to make money and fame. And as far as young ladies getting the "wrong message" what a joke! young girls who want to be a vet arent going to see these pictures and say "oh well midas well give up my dreams and dress in short skirts!" i think not. Young women today have plenty of role models in all fields of work, hillary clinton, Kagan, Palosie, they can choose whomeever they want to emulate be it a politician, an actress, a docter, a judge, or yes even a model.

jamie graham   May 13th, 2010 12:51 am ET

iam sorry i just get carry away when i watch the new on tv it really depress me sadly
and young girls and women are being hurt by strangers i
mean the way the news is saying it not good inocent ladys are
being treated bady too thats what i mean women should know the lord
too thats all

O P   May 13th, 2010 12:54 am ET




Josh Terembes   May 13th, 2010 12:59 am ET

furthermore these weak ideologies of how women "should" dress and act are not only outdated but impracticle! no one was holding a gun to these women's heads. they chose to pose for that photoshoot they worked tirelessly for ears to acheive their looks, I'm sure they dont get to smoke or drink coffe or eat donuts or partake in anything that might damage their image, just like any other job! This is america the land of free and oppertunity, if people want show their skin thats their right. there are over 800 channels on tv pick a different one if you dont like the pictures.

Jon   May 13th, 2010 12:59 am ET

These photos are as racy as the Macy's catalog lingerie section. It's funny how violence is accepted more than the natural human form in American culture (in general). It's violence that is the problem, not sexuality. It is hypocritical to bundle sexuality and violence together when most sexual crimes stem from violence/violent tendencies.

Alicia   May 13th, 2010 1:00 am ET

I thought this was the annual Victoria Secret show. It isn't? You coulda fooled me. I like the lingerie. Will it be sold on QVC like Milania's nasty jewelry. Or at least show where women can buy it. I'd like to surprise my man! Enough said!

Stacie   May 13th, 2010 1:01 am ET

This trusted "teacher" got away with traumatizing these poor girls and their families. This is one of many instances that makes people lose faith in our judicial system.

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 1:09 am ET


I may head back to a faith based lifestyle.. Fran, I can offer one small opinion to your awesome comment. The exploitation of small children, to sate the appetite of women never exploited in "beauty contests", to the catalyst of the crux of this contests. Finally somebody got it, thank you Fran!!!!!

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 1:18 am ET


Never crossed the minds of anyone to say that. What made you come out with your adjudication process and find her guilty? I think you are solidly of the hook! Judas... -_-

Theresa   May 13th, 2010 1:24 am ET

@ know exactly why Donald Trump is doing this's for ratings & for ratings only. Why do they have these pagents anymore....I want to be proud of my gender & things like this do not make me proud. My oh my...the previous Miss USA who was advocating these pictures ...what else could she say...Donald Trump (her saviour) allowed her to keep her reign even though she had a drug problem. What a sham...maybe Paula Deen said they were A.O. K. because she also needs more publicity. She was supposed to have her own t.v. show but that fell thro'. Maybe on the next Celebrity Apprentice Donald Trump will invite her aboard.....he's already had Joan & Melissa Rivers, Cindi Laupert ...just to name a few.

Stacie   May 13th, 2010 1:48 am ET

I live in the area where the trial was covered. Our local media won this case for her. I'm over Tonya Craft and her phony trial

Stacie   May 13th, 2010 1:50 am ET

As far as Trump is concerned, he wants money. It doen't matter who gets exploited, or not. Oh, is it exploitation if you are willing to participate???

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 1:59 am ET


I would be willing to wager that if Miss USA was the 5'4", 250 pound average contestant appareled in a 20 pound fish-line constructed bikini, chomping on fried chicken while telling the American audience why she should be the next Miss USA this blog site would be praising her like she was the second coming of Judy Christ.

Dodie   May 13th, 2010 2:12 am ET


You are absolutely correct, this is done for ratings and so people will watch his program.

The human body, is just that. Nothing more or less. If we teach our children that our bodies are sex objects, they will learn and only experience what we place in their minds. If we teach our children that a nude body is beautiful, and not just a sex object, they will have the freedom to spread their wings and fly without feeling guilty or ashamed!

The sexual exploitation comes in the form of cognitive perception. I lived in a country in which nudity was accepted and not sexualized. I experienced a wonderful freedom and also realized how we place shame on our children. Basically, we are domesticated and we domesticate our children. How sad!

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 2:22 am ET


Larry King..glad you and your wife are reconciling..Those children need both parents..My best to you both and your family..

Cajazz76:24:8   May 13th, 2010 2:44 am ET


Teach your children values, responsibility, respect for themselves and others, but to blind you think you're doing, will leave you naked with apprehension and consternation..

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 13th, 2010 3:06 am ET


Women in the burka look quite mysterious, but I often feel sorry for them at times. It would be nice sometimes to go around in one of them incognito I think.

Looks like Donald Trump wants to spice the show up......... Not going down too well by the sounds of things. Maybe too much spice here.......

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 13th, 2010 3:15 am ET

What is wrong with the swimsuit I wonder.........isn't that enough..........or taking it to a new level........

Carol   May 13th, 2010 3:17 am ET

Too racy. Miss USA has always been something for little girls to watch and dream of. This is not a lingerie fashion show for Fredericks of Hollywood. This is supposed to be a elegant, classy, and itellect based event for the girls to sell themselves. NOT SEX !!!!!

This will help the teen promiscuity and pregnancy rate increase. Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself. I can't believe Paula Dean would associate herself with the likes of this trash. I always that she had more morals.

Jen   May 13th, 2010 3:17 am ET

Enough already. Only in this country does anyone care about sexual content when it comes to public view. Why this country hates it so much no one will ever know. Sexy is sexy. Clothes or barely there clothes. Women are stronger then they are or ever will be shown. More power to them.

TM   May 13th, 2010 3:18 am ET

Just wait until Donald TrAmp catches the video of the little scantily clad (bikini tops and bottoms) SEVEN year-old dancers shaking their little booty's and replicating the sexualized moves of Beyonce's and doing the booty-pop/thrust to "single ladies"....

yup! it happened at a dance contest and the footage was televised.

he'll be trying to sell that, too.....

and....if anyone defends this.....what AGE exactly is tooo young for little girls to not wear little itty-bitty bikini tops and bottoms and be on stage thrusting and gyrating and writhing on the floor?

just curious!

Linda   May 13th, 2010 3:22 am ET

When Donald Trump said that perhaps the word "offended" could be changed to "Jealous" well that was just really a foolish thing to say. Was he kidding? I think these photos have put women back many years. I thought the US pagent had gone to some lengths to stop viewing these women as sexual objects and now they have done just the opposite. Yes you might be stunning as Donald Trump said but you don't have to wear fishnet stockings and do some sexual photos and that is what the pictures are. I think it is terrible, I think they are cheap and sleezy and I think they really give the younger girls a terrible idea of what women are and what they stand for. You can make all the excuses you want but it's cheap, it's all about profit, nothing else and now they are all defending it – I don't like it at all and I won't be watching this show ever again. These women should have refused. I am very disappointed.

Linda   May 13th, 2010 3:32 am ET

I think it is a sad day when the USA pagent makes the pagent more about sex than the real beauty and intelligence of these girls. Truly these girls are beautiful . So, why does this pagent want to exploit these girls in sexual positions and in lingerie. It is just not appropriate. That is not what this should be about. Let's just hope that Miss American doesn't follow suite with this poor taste,. We as Americans should be ashamed. We as Americans should stand up and say NO.! God forgve us!

Stephen   May 13th, 2010 3:36 am ET

Larry, There is almost no line between sexy and trash. Miss America was about beauty, not about undressed girls. It is people like Trump who are eroding the morrals of this nation because of greed. The fact that it is 2010 does not make it right for girls to take off their clothes on public television. Larry, would you have your wife pose before those cameras for all all of us to see? If this had to happen, would it not be called a scandal?

Fred Pulver   May 13th, 2010 3:44 am ET

During Larry King's interview with Donald Trump, LK asked DT if he would allow his daughter Ivanka to pose for the Miss America photo shoot in the racy manner that has elicited so much controversy.

DT's replied to the effect that of course not, and why did LK even ask such a question.

DT's reply to me indicates that the double standard is still alive and well in the modern world in which DT claimed such photos were acceptable.

If it would not be acceptable to DT to allow his daughter to pose for such photos, why it is acceptable for the fathers of other daughters to pose for such photos?

Julie   May 13th, 2010 3:56 am ET

The answer to the question is: What category do the following words fall into?... lace, bra, sexy panties, stockings and high heels, revealing clothing, bare breasts, provocative poses, using a bed as a backdrop....
No matter what the excuse is..."It's 2010," "Our ratings are great," "The women are beautiful," it is clear to see what is valued by so many. The women that are pictured are sexy, not beautiful. Anyone can look great in expensive undergarments and with professional hair and makeup. Imagine our world if "Beauty" equals character, kindness, doing what is right , and making a difference in someone's life.

Cheers to you are truly beautiful!

kelly   May 13th, 2010 4:09 am ET

People do walk nude and topless on beaches in Europe, Canada and South America. Some countries allow topless beaches equally for men and women. This is seen as normal and reasonable for one's personal comfort and preference sunning. Its a personal and private choice on a public beach. The body is not to stare at and people on these beaches, for the most part get the "respect" part Sex in public on the beach is another matter, its illegal.

In those same countries, one wears a shirt and proper attire while walking in the city, or going into someone's living room, both men and women. Underwear magazines sell underwear, that is why the catalogue has women in their underwear. What is the Miss America/Universe pageant selling? Context is everything.

The pictures are intentionally provacative, selling an objectified version of sex with "soft porno" poses. This is BEYOND the bar of an already ridiculous show. The pictures are not sexy. That would imply the woman was being herself, feminine and the photographer was capturing her female or feminine essence as a human being; a pretty woman smiling or wearing clothing (even bathing suits) that reflected the show and its young female viewers. These pictures were done for male (and female) adult viewers sexual gratification.

Considering that young girls watch the Miss Universe and Miss America pageants this is morally wrong. Selling sex is a large step further than selling sex appeal. All young women have sex appeal. What they choose to do with it (behave) in front of the camera determines the content and purpose of the picture (pictures and pornography are part of sex for some people). When a woman's sex appeal is manipulated by the camera for the intention of creating a response in the viewer, that is making the viewer a voyeur. That is fine if I am an adult and I turn it off. But, we are so desensitized to this technique as viewers, many parents don't understand and allow their children to watch. Objectification at this level is now considered "normal". No wonder Americans are confused and obsessed about sex .

Francois   May 13th, 2010 5:12 am ET

The images are nothing but softcore porn. What does a model in lingerie have to do with Miss USA – she could do that for any men's magazine. I'm far from narrow-minded, but this is just poor taste and makes the contestants look very cheap.

Tina   May 13th, 2010 5:17 am ET

Donald Trump said "Time change, this is 2010..." So does this mean that Miss Universe 2020 will be pose naked later? Watch out girls, you have been used!
Of course the two judges on Larry King's Live don't dare to offend Trump, next thing they know, they will not be the judges on Sunday! Duh......

Jacqueline Rotteveel Netherlands   May 13th, 2010 5:20 am ET

I have became Miss Universe Holland in 1998.

I remember Donald Trump as a nice man with a lot of power. Sex doesn't sell in the Miss business.

It's all about, inner beauty, brains, strengh.

With love, Jacqueline

Prof Dave W. Dawson   May 13th, 2010 5:58 am ET

Studying Survival is a key issue everywhere.
Are these girls studying Survival?
Is Donald Trump studying Survival?
The Public should rule that there is Beauty & there is nudity.
Only Beauty Survives because Beauty choses to educate its' braincells.
When intelligence switches off, it gets naked, gets laid & gets castigated for it.
There are many intelligent comments against Donald Trump lately.
Did the Public get more intelligent?
Did Donald Trump go senile?
Or both?
Interfering with Survival Studies is a criminal offence.

Svetlana Bulajic   May 13th, 2010 6:48 am ET

So, what about Myra Gail Brown, from thirteen to this very day, pre-surgery Scarlet Johansson, Wynona so on...I m sure Ivanka Tramp is on MY beauty list, altough Ihave never actually seen her. And, Larry your recent ex wsn t so beatiful at all, was she? And Brad Pitt, turned from an excellent actor, to a pretty? tabloid face I could s..t on!

Gayle Wang   May 13th, 2010 7:20 am ET

when you look at the photos and you can't tell if it's from Victoria's Secret or PlayBoy, then it is too racy!

gerald Jolly   May 13th, 2010 7:21 am ET

Why cant people understand that "THE DONALD" is an "EXPLOITER" of everything he is involved with, or touches.

He has denegrated and demeened women from the time he made his first million.

In his own words, Quote: "I dont think I'm any smarter than the next man, I was just lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time" end of quote.

"THE DONALD" has all the "MORONS" fooled by telling them that the racy photo shoot was not his idea, and that it was the pageant's organizers that decided on the photo shoot.

All the while the first person to see the results of the compromized young women, was "THE DONALD" himself, where he has added them to his collection of "SMUTTY" photos.

"THE DONALD" says if you want to be in the pageant, you gotta show me some "SKIN"

Wake up folks, he's an exploiter and he will turn a buck, any way he can, and "DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES"

gerald Jolly   May 13th, 2010 7:25 am ET

You know, you would think that with all his money, "THE DONALD" would get a "RUG" to cover his head that looks normal.

Not the MOP he has now.

Ted   May 13th, 2010 8:09 am ET

What an eyefull of beautiful women, anybody who complains ist either jealous or belongs to the Bible thumper army´s southern troops.
Even that little fairy judge was all excited, although he would not know what to do with them!

When we come to this lauzy world we have no ancle long nichtgowns, no burkas or anything else on, we are naked, as mother nature wanted us to be.
Then came the religious bigots forbidding what comes naturally, although themselves like to feed on those forbidden fruits.

Ladies, let your husbands and boyfriends get their appetites on those pictures aroused, you will earn all the benefits when they come home!

Jill   May 13th, 2010 10:03 am ET

I cannot find the issue on the kids wearing the American flag clothes on the Mexican holiday on this site, so in hopes this will be read and properly placed with that subject.

I would like to say no matter what day of the year it is, a proud Amerian should be able to be a proud American and no one be offended because guess what, WE LIVE IN AMERICA!!! WELCOME!!! I am very tired of all the immigrants crying over how offended they are here, If they don't like it move, we are proud Americans and will not deny who we are.

Black people can wear a black pride shirt, a brown person can wear a brown pride shirt and everyone thinks nothing of it but, when a white person wears a white pride shirt, they are racist, why? Why can't we also be proud? Why can't we have God on our money?

Everything that American's have pride in or is in OUR culture is being taken from us!! This is no longer America it's Mexico, Middle East, Africa.

Now correct me if I'm wrong but when people immigrate here their are supposed to embrace the American way and bring some of their culture to share with us (NOT TO TAKE OVER)!!!

Who will stand up for the American's anymore? I WILL!!!

God forbid should we offend anyone. Opps, I used God, hope that doens't offened anyone! (Like I care, I'm a God fearing, American citizen)

Thank you

Gabe   May 13th, 2010 10:11 am ET

Here's where I find the problem with these photos.... First, about a year ago or more Carrie Prejean took a lot of heat for taking nude pictures and the Miss USA Pagent removed her. The pictures that these constantents have taken are suggestive and should have no place in television or in the media. What the pagent needs to do is practice more moral values and stop this sick behavior.

Marilyn Blum   May 13th, 2010 10:31 am ET

Trump is adding to the decay of the morals in our country. I think he is a "dirty old man." Anything for money and 15 minutes of fame. This is a disgrace. Would he approve of his daughter taking these pictures.

Kay DeWitt   May 13th, 2010 11:54 am ET

In response to the justification of the type of photos in question...that this is 2010...I want to ask what does it matter WHAT YEAR IT IS if one is using the Bible as one's medium of measurement as to what is, or is not, "godly"...but there you have your answer, friends...In this year 2010 what has changed is not God's UNCHANGING standards of godliness but the fact that the moral decay in our society has so
"progressed" that whether or not these photos are "godly" is not even called to question...Right after I graduated from high school, in '61, the kids began to seek the "freedom" of promiscuous sex and the end result of their "freedom" has been mothers killing their unwanted children...husbands killing their wives because couples had not a clue as to what real love (God's brand) is...which is why kids also kill one another! Jesus said "ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!" so while this generation has sought its unbiblical idea of "freedom" all they have gotten, really, is bondage to the darkness of Satan's lies! And friend these photos fit right into what has been, again, the moral decay of our society that is killing our kids..but praise the Lord, Donald Trump, you will get high ratings as our immoral society looks upon "your" pageant!

Theresa   May 13th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

@ Ted...I must be a prude but I honestly want someone to appreciate me for my intelligence,my caring for others. Anyone in this day & age who has money can have an A 1 body but certainly cannot become the type of person I would admire just because they rate a 10 physically. Just look at Heidi from the Hills ...cosmetic surgery has not been a plus. I have a daughter who is a mature adult today but i wouldn't have wanted when she ws in her 20's strut around dressed as these young women..even if she would have been in a pageant, I wanted her to be the best she could be...respecting herself & others., using her brain power. Too many women of my generation fought for women to have equality, have great careers in whatever we wanted to do.......not accept to only be treated as sex objects!!!!

Ted   May 14th, 2010 7:39 am ET

@ Theresa

The real beauty comes from within, even though our outside may be different.
Everyone found Elisabeth Taylor beautiful, I could not stand her arrogance, snobism and egoism, she cared only for herself.

If you are intelligent you will find friends who want to have meaningful verbal intercourse with you.
Others with different appetite look in another direction. Sex is one of the strongest urges living being have, you cannot deny or control it, or you will have a bunch of frustrated catholic priests on this planet.
Find your place and enjoy what you like and give the same freedom to others.

kelly   May 14th, 2010 11:33 am ET

Being sexy or female is not the problem

Sex is not the problem

The problem is that girls and young women watch the pageants and see these pictures.

The pictures are designed to evoke a response in the viewer. Not showcase a woman's attractiveness, personality or intelligence. The camera is being deliberately manipulative. People are so used to being manipulated by the media and just accept these pictures as "normal"-what women are supposed to be and do.

Parents are so desensitized to sex shots they no longer recognize they are being manipulated and let their kids watch.

Now 7 year olds think its normal to wear sexually provacative clothing and make sexual dance moves on stage and in toddler pageants? and dad see "nothing" wrong with it.

And we wonder why American culture of the 21st century has so many sex offenders and pedophiles? People are becoming increasingly confused sexually about standards of social norms and acceptability.

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