Friday, November 11, 2005
This really makes me mad. On the website of Sky News I read a photo-article on Hammasa Kohistani, the winner of this year's Miss England competition, who happens to be the first Muslim ( born in Uzbekistan, she lived in Afghanistan but fled the country with her parents ) to have ever done so. Muslims who see her decision to enter the beauty contest as un-Islamic have made death threats against her. So what do you think the editors of the Sky News site have to say about this thing? A critical comment about the fact that some Muslims find it hard to respect basic values of a democracy such as having the right to choose what you do in your spare time or for a living, or the right of not having your life threatened by a bunch of medieval fanatics? Think again. Sky found this the perfect item to address a much more important issue: " Her story brings into focus once more the whole debate surrounding beauty contests themselves, which many would prefer to see consigned to the misogynist dustbin of history."
Posted by Bert at 5:40 PM