#WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

To truly grasp the spectacular awesomeness of this story, you first have to understand a few things. If you’re an American reader, most of this will be old hat and you can happily skip down a bit, but you’ll miss some snark and a few cheap shots at Alabama. If you’re international (or a ferriner, as we like to call y’all), you might want to stick around a bit.

Alabama has a reputation in the U.S. as being that special person you don’t like to have around when company comes over. It’s not that every person in the state is gun-toting, semi-literate degenerate, but they have quite a few of them. Remember, this is the state where the leading candidate in the recent special election was accused – multiple times – of liking his girls young. Like early teens young. And, amazingly, he still nearly won the election. Thankfully, enough people came to their senses and decided that an accused child molester might not be what they wanted to represent them and Roy Moore – who showed up to vote on horseback – had to ride his horse home in defeat.

In Alabama, men are rated by how much horsepower their trucks have.

It’s a state that sticks to its traditions, even when those traditions are insane and should be left by the wayside.

Speaking of traditions that should probably take a long walk off a short pier, we also have our annual Miss America competition where young women display their value to society based on how well they look in bikinis and evening wear. Again, it’s a traditional thing that probably needs to go away. I may be getting on my soapbox here, but I like to think there’s more to women than beachwear, and Miss America doesn’t exactly hand out awards based on smarts, eloquence, or capabilities. Look good, smile, and wave, and you can win even if you don’t have much going on upstairs. To all the Miss America contestants reading this (I have a huge supermodel following, too), I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about the other girls.

Congratulations, you’re pretty! You might have some other qualities, but the important thing is how you look in bikini.

So, if you combine Alabama (home of the not-so-bright traditionalists) and the Miss America competition (congrats, toots, you’ve got a great pair of knockers even if you aren’t too bright), what do you get?

Oddly enough, you get Deidre Downs Gunn, winner of Miss America back in 2005. She represented Alabama and won the diamond tiara or whatever it is they give out there.

But that’s where the story breaks the mold. Deidre Downs Gunn went on to become a practicing medical doctor and recently married her girlfriend in a traditional Southern wedding complete with mini chicken and waffles and probably some other stuff, too. Honestly, anything after mini chicken and waffles is superfluous.

So, why is this a big deal and good news? Well, in addition to breaking the molds of both Alabama and Miss America by being smart enough and dedicated enough to become a doctor, Deidre went onto break another much beloved tradition and marry her girlfriend rather than pretending to be straight. A few years ago, that wouldn’t have even been legal. A few years before that and she would have been lynched.

Equality is a big deal and marrying whoever you want is an important part of that. I guess the whole story just made me happy because it goes to show not all stereotypes are true – even the ones about Alabama and Miss America contestants.

Plus, I found out that mini chicken and waffles are a thing.

Read the story here.

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22 thoughts on “#WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. Ugh, beauty contests go directly against everything women say they want. Get judged on being more beautiful than the next gal, but threaten a lawsuit if someone other than a contestant judge tells you you’re pretty. It’s as bad as the MeToo celebrities showing up in their black dresses that are open front to the navel and slit up to the hip. Glad Deidre was not a vapid pair of boobs.

    I’m sorry to say your real story is eclipsed by that picture of mini waffles. I can’t help myself. That is the feel-good story, in my eyes: you found mini chicken & waffles. I’m so glad you provided something incredible to look at, especially since the Zen picture has that skeevy porn-star-looking guy, lol.

  2. That was a great story to share. I like to think that there’s hope for bringing an end to all the stereotypical behavior that keeps haunting our country. This is clearly a step in the right direction. Thanks!

  3. I read this yesterday and again today! Thanks for the smiles Eric – your posts are always great! Do the waffles and chicken have honey on them I wonder? An existential question for me ..

  4. Okay, I’m one of them ferriners you mentioned… 🙂
    There’s definitely more to women than beachwear and a great pair of knockers!
    The Miss America isn’t based on smarts, eloquence, or capabilities? Huh? Sheesh! Okay… wrong perception on my part.
    So what about that final ‘trick question’ they throw at the candidates? Do they even do that anymore? OR is that ‘trick question’ simply to trick the viewing public into believing that it’s meant to test intelligence… sort of?

    • You know, I haven’t watched Miss America in decades, so I can’t say whether or not they throw out a trick question. It wouldn’t surprise me if that last one was just to trick the audience into thinking the show was something other beachwear and knockers. Or, at the very least, allow the viewers to have a flimsy pretense that they weren’t just watching for the beachwear sections.

  5. Yes, there should be equality for all. Glad that Deidre took that step despite the ‘challenges’/
    Thanks for sharing the background story and the mini chicken waffles look yum!

  6. That was a great read and I learned a lot about Alabama in the bargain. Wonderful story about Diedre. I’m going to follow your blog. I don’t want to miss any of that humour.

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