But there is now a second dimension (Ok, read it as a pun, if that is where your mind leads you) ) for Miss Prejean's , eh, public figure. She was competing in the pageant with breast implants paid for by the pageant, which now defends its action as being rather common in the retail beauty business. I have no reason to doubt that. But shouldn't we sort of liken it in public deception to steroids for professional athletes to give them greater competitive advantage?
So whatever the pardons for Miss Prejean, I have little choice but to give my Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy award (GALL) to Keith Lewis, the co-director of the Miss California pageant, who explains:
"We assisted when Carrie came to us and voiced an interest in having the procedure done. We want to put her in the best possible confidence in order to present her in the best possible light on the national stage."
Of the several definitions of pageantry, I choose the third one: "Colorful, showy display".
Sounds about right. Keep in mind the next time that...