Did you guys hear about this?
Former Miss USA Susie Castillo received an airport patdown that so violated her personal space that it felt to her like “molestation.” Here’s the video she recorded soon after the pat-down:
Here’s my take: there is a suggestion here (not coming from Susie Castillo, but coming from the wide coverage of this ‘news event’) that the ‘former Miss USA’ was ‘molested’ because she’s so pretty. If this is the narrative–and I believe it’s there, at least to a moderate extent–then the secondary issue–maybe even the primary issue–is one of self-righteous homophobia.
Two pieces of evidence: First, take a look at this post at the blog The Great Political Abyss in which the writer argues that
[p]eople are going to come to the TSA’s defense and say a woman conducted the pat-down, so there could not have been anything sexual about the touching. Do these people honestly believe that none of the female TSA screeners are lesbian or bisexual? There are plenty of lesbian and bisexual women in other careers, why would there not be at least a small percentage working for the TSA? It is just a fact of life that some women are sexually attracted to other women. Even more women are sexually attracted to unusually gorgeous women.
Who is to say, this TSA agent did not abuse her power to grope Susie Castillo?
Second: If you’re not convinced by the above, take a look at the reader comments about this issue at The Blaze. I won’t include any of those comments here because they’re just too gross.
This doesn’t even address the general reaction coming from some commentators that “if your procedure leads you to vigorously frisk Miss USA for a bomb, there’s a problem with your procedure.” Because she’s too pretty! Because she looks too American! So now we’re back to the suggestion that the best airport security procedure is one that makes use of profiling tactics including profiling–by race, by gender, by degree of attractiveness.
Which is awesome.