At least she represents the United States faithfully

The MPR show Marketplace (note: MPR, not NPR) had a brief story about the reaction to China being the host of the Miss World pageant. (Last story on the page.)

What I noticed was the comment at timecode 23:50 from Miss World - United States Kim Harlan. (Not to be confused with Miss United States Julie Roberts or Miss America Erika Harold. Confused yet? Slate explains.)

Where was I? Oh right, the actuality. Asked to comment on participating in a beauty pageant in China: [Listen]

I just though everybody would be wearing, little, you know, Asian outfits, but they're completely normal, just the way we dress, so.

I hope she wasn't planning to win big in the interview portion of the competition.

Comments (5)
  1. mike says:

    Yeah, I heard this, too, and had essentially the same thought, as in, yikes, if we send her to Holland, will she expect everyone to live in windmills? But there you go — they say travel is broadening, and surely this young lady has, you know, broadened.

  2. Raymond Chen says:

    My reaction was to the word "normal". Since when did Asian outfits become declared abnormal?

  3. mike says:

    Ah, yes, good point. "Normal," that’s a term that can be a bit loaded. I wonder if she ate Chinese food or "normal" food while she was there. :-)

  4. Jeroen-bart Engelen says:

    Nowadays nobody expects to find windmills in Holland anymore. They all expect us to be high on pot all the time :-)
    It’s very easy to spot a tourist in Holland, either they spend their entire vacation here in a coffee house, or they spend their entire vacation in a hospital because they thought they could actually get coffee in a coffee house. Stupid tourists.
    It’s also terrible to be dutch when on vacation somewhere outside of Holland. First they think your german (big insult) and when you tell them you’re dutch they just want to have some of your pot. *sigh*

  5. Mike Dunn says:

    That reminds me of the LA Clippers player who was upset at having to go play games in Tokyo because he "didn’t like Chinese food."

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