The Bob Roberts of Beauty?


In other quien es mas discriminated against news,

Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin has been stripped of her title because pageant officials say she can stand—and point to a newspaper picture as proof.

Janeal Lee, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a scooter, was snapped by The Post-Crescent newspaper standing among her high school math students.

"I've been made to feel as if I can't represent the disabled citizens of Wisconsin because I'm not disabled enough," Lee said Thursday.

Sounds like yet another sign that the differently abled are going mainstream. For instance, this line, in a New York Times follow-up:

The pageant organization says the competition is not a beauty contest. The women are selected based on their accomplishments and how well they perform in interviews.

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  1. This reminds me of when Guy Caballero got out of his wheelchair and did those flips. What a great man.

  2. I use that wheelchair for respect, damn it!

  3. Quien es mas macho, Matt Welch, o Ricardo Montalban?

  4. Oh, they’ll complain and complain and complain and complain and complain…

  5. She’s a little too handicapable. Or not differently abled enough?

    Quien es mas macho, Matt Welch, o Ricardo Montalban?


    I wonder how many other people even rememebr anything from that season of SNL

  6. Maybe the pageant officials should send two guys over to break her legs.

    Simple solution, everybody happy.

  7. Thank god the story includes an A.P. photo of a wheelchair, so I know what they’re talking about.

  8. Hey Moose, Rocco, help Ms. Lee find her seat!

  9. David–

    What struck me about that sketch was that the entire thing is done is Spanish–not one word of English through the whole sketch. Yet millions of people who don’t speak a word of Spanish understood exactly what was going on. Brilliant, I say!

    Just goes to show how far SNL has fallen…

  10. Stevo,

    Not to gush, but you totally crack me up.

  11. Well, smacky, you’re one of my favorite posters. Thanks. 🙂

  12. Wait a second… wasn’t Guy Caballero on SCTV?

  13. She was in the wrong contest (“Ms. Wheelchair”).

    A contest like “Ms. Handicapped Parking” has less restrictive immobility requirements.

  14. Randolph,

    Guy Caballero was on SCTV. The “Quien es mas macho?” skit was during the SNL season with Billy Crystal and Martin Short.

  15. aah… I’m too young to have seen the SNL skit, but I just got the SCTV DVDs (which are hilariously funny). Confusion cleared!

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