A MELBOURNE Muslim girl condemned by Islamic leaders for entering a beauty pageant has defied protests to be shortlisted for the Victorian final.
Ayten Ahmet, 16, advanced to the top 26 of Miss Teen Australia yesterday despite an outcry from some of Victoria’s senior Muslims.
Now, as the old adage goes, a dog biting a man isn’t news; but a man biting a dog is news. A modern version might be something like this: a woman in a beauty pageant isn’t news; but a Muslim woman in a beauty pageant is news (even if she doesn’t identify herself as Muslim, wear hijab, or mention Islam). And that is especially true if you can accompany it with a nice side serve of clerical outrage.
Here’s the recipe for others that are interested in reproducing the beat up: if a woman with a vaguely Muslim name or background enters a beauty pageant, then call Muslim representatives, tell them that a Muslim girl is in the contest and wait for their ‘condemnation’; call the girl or her family and relay the clerical condemnation; and then report that Muslims are ‘protesting’ her appearance or that there is some sort of ‘outcry’ against her participation. Publish the Muslim outrage on day one, and save the girl’s response for day two.