The gauntlet was thrown down when transgendered hopeful Miss Universe contestant, Jenna Talackova and her U.S. attorney, Gloria Allred took center stage at a press conference yesterday, taking the pagent’s sponsor and owner, Donald Trump to task in answering the question of whether Talackova would be permitted to participate in the Miss Universe pagent after she had been disqualified from the pagent for being transgendered.
Trump has responded that she could participate but, added that she could do so, “As long as she meets the standards of legal gender recognition requirements of Canada.” Trump’s special counsel Michael Cohen stated on Trump’s behalf.
“Nobody is capitulating. Rather the Miss Universe organization is respecting the laws of Canada. Like all the other contestants, is wished the best of luck by Mr. Trump.”
Cohen then went on to add a qualifier on Trump’s behalf which added insult to injury.
“Assuming she wins, she would be the representative of that country (Canada)” in the larger Miss Universe Pageant Cohen added.
Allred was neither impressed nor, satified with Trump’s rather contrite and non-commital answer and responded to Trump’s answer in return.
“…Trump has caved in a bit already. He has to go the rest of the way and say it loudly, and say it clearly, that not only will Jenna be allowed to compete, but that the rule is gone — no ifs, ands, buts or ors. No conditions and no excuses. Otherwise, we are considering all of Jenna’s legal options,” she stated.
Officials from the Miss Universe Pagent have yet to clarify what those qualifications were that would need to be met by Canada or internationally nor, has Canada fully defined them but, Talackova’s birth certificate, passport and driver’s license all list her as a female. That would likely indicate that Canada already considers her a female and therefore, would appear to be an answer in its own right.
Also in question, according to Trump’s original set of conditions for Talackova’s entry into the pagent, are what the international pagent rules are and what she would have to meet under those rules.
Trump’s response seems to have been a rather hollow and transparent attempt to skirt having to give a definitive yes or no answer and appears to be leaving himself some wiggle room with a hopeful escape hatch were other countries to be the potential bad guy in protesting Talackova’s entry.
While Trump may consider the matter off of his shoulders with that type of answer, it’s doubtful that the public will let him escape the scrutiny that is building momentum on this situation quite that easily. The Miss Universe Pagent is, afterall, his gig. He owns it and that means the rules are his to make or break if he wanted to do so, placing the decision and owness squarely, right back into his lap.
Trump’s weasle-like answer seems to wreak of the usual smug and immature antics that he’s so used to handing out to the world openly and publicly. It appears that The Don may be trying to defer having his rear kicked by placing the owness onto someone else’s shoulders to potentially pull the plug on Talackova’s participation.
Perhaps, the most telltale sign that he is attempting this type of pass-the-buck type of strategy came to light in Trump’s qualifier when he added that “Should Talackova enter and win, she’d be representing that country,” meaning Canada. An ominous statement, fraught with the insinuation that it would somehow be a disgrace to Canadians to have Talackova as the country’s entrant into an international contest.
I highly doubt that many Canadians would even bat an eyelash one way or another. Most people in the world don’t even know that the contest still exists, let alone worrying about who represented Canada in the pagent. It would likely rally people to pull for what some would consider to be The Underdog in this rather meaningless contest.
Meanwhile, Gloria Allred was true to her usual bulldog form when she tossed the glove into the arena for Trump to pick up with her public statement to the media at the scrum, “(Ms. Talackova) did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man or … to see his anatomy to prove that he was male.”
Trump was quick to bite and pick that glove up when he retorted to Allred’s statement via phone to TMZ with, “I think Gloria would be very, very, impressed with me. I really do,” and added something along the lines that he’d provide the photos if he was paid enough money for it.
Undoubtedly, Allred will have a response for Mr. Trump that will throw another glove into the ring for the aging self-loving, rich child-man to pick up.
Stay tuned. This could be a long match.
Pass the popcorn please. No butter. There’s enough grease already.