Posted by Al Jazeera on June 05, 2010 in News Clips
AAI Executive Director Maya Berry joins the newly crowned Miss USA, Rima Fakih to talk about her recent win and the strange response it has generated from some in the neocon community.
"Was it affirmative action, political correctness, a plot to conceal a radical agenda or just a simple beauty pageant?
The new Miss USA, Lebanese-born Rima Fakih, has sparked headlines around the globe for becoming the first Arab-American Muslim to win a major beauty contest.
Those who see something more sinister at work than beauty and poise claim her appearance is just a pleasant mask lulling the US into a false sense of comfort regarding the so-called 'Muslim threat'.
Others say the contest was rigged to favour a Muslim candidate to promote Washington's liberal agenda.
On Wednesday's Riz Khan we speak with Miss USA, Rima Fakih, about the controversy surrounding her selection and what she hopes to achieve as she prepares to represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant.
Also joining the programme is Maya Berry of the Arab American Institute."