Sources say Miss USA, Alexandria Mills’, the new Miss World‘s victory celebrations were tempered by insider speculation that “her biggest rival,” Norwegian contestant Mariann Birkedal, “was cheated out of the title by the competition’s Chinese hosts.” Birkedal, whom was expected to win with ease, failed to even make the top five.
Now those same insiders say “the judges bowed to pressure from Beijing, which is involved in a bitter international spat with Norway” because earlier this month the Nobel Peace Prize committee, based in Oslo, had given this year’s award to Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese freedom fighter.
That the event — called a ‘spectacular’ – was fought before an estimated one billion watchful eyes across the globe, makes the Chinese victory, if such speculations are valid, all the more awe-inspiring, just as it makes their US debtors equally complicit in the alleged back-room backstabbing.
In a state of constant terror, perpetual global war always hanging in the balance, aren’t these strategically manipulated media extravaganzas becoming stand-ins for reportage of equally ‘spectacular’ military battles — the glitz and glam of ceremonial pomp replacing the fire and bombs of yester-years’ wars?
But what does this tell a global audience about the nature of contemporary political alliances? Is it not a glamorized show of Chinese power and the US’ willingness to bow to it so long as they somehow benefit? Could we ask for a clearer statement of current Chinese-US military-political intent?