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Letter: Contest is about beauty, that's all

Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina

Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri wins the 2014 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Sept. 15, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Here's my take on the outrage people are expressing about an Indian-American woman winning the Miss America crown ["There she is, Miss America," Editorial, Sept. 17].

Put aside the bigotry of calling a person a Muslim due solely to her skin color. Put aside that she is, in fact, not a Muslim. Put aside that India is not an Arab country, so that calling her an Arab indicates an appallingly poor education and a lack of geographical knowledge.

Put aside that calling her a terrorist is ludicrous, since she's doing nothing that would incite terror, unless one finds elegance, poise and hair spray terrifying. Put aside that complaints about her being a foreigner are idiotic since she is, in fact, American. Put aside the irony that so many of those complaining about her not being American display no grasp of basic English language skills, whereas she seems rather eloquent by comparison. Put aside that most in the United States are descendants of foreigners. Put aside that this is 2013, not the 1930s.

It's a beauty contest. It's not something that matters enough for anyone to attain this level of melodramatic outrage. It's a measure of dazzling gorgeousness, and she's dazzlingly gorgeous.

Rich Handley, Farmingdale