Something extraordinarily strange happened at this year’s Miss Universe competition on Saturday. The pageant’s new owner took the stage to proclaim that women now run the competition for the first time in its 71-year history. But there was a slight problem.
The pageant’s new owner, Thai “transgender woman” Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip, is a biological male …
Miss Universe’s new owner: “From now on, it’s gonna be ran by women”
The new owner is a biological male pic.twitter.com/oBmHtV5oY8
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) January 15, 2023
“The Miss Universe Organization from now on is going to be ran by women, owned by a trans woman, for all women really around the world to celebrate the power of feminism,” Jakrajutatip says in the clip above.
He was correct about it being “owned” by a “trans woman” but definitely wrong about it being “ran by women.” As far as anyone can tell, it’s being run by men, as noted by critics.
— Donna (@starshalomdp) January 15, 2023
That’s a man’s voice
— Thomas Power (@thomaspower) January 15, 2023
I’m old school let them say whatever. That’s a man, not a woman. How can a man become “miss” universe.
— Rebel06714 (@Rebel06714) January 15, 2023
That’s a man. Keep it simple ladies. That’s a man taking away more and more of what women fought to have. A woman can’t even be Miss Universe anymore- I decline that notion
— Marie (@momentomarie) January 15, 2023
— Paul Hookem (@PaulHook_em) January 15, 2023
Jakrajutatip bought Miss Universe in October, according to CNN.
“A Thai media tycoon and transgender rights advocate has bought the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, according to [his] company, which will now host the international beauty pageant,” the U.S. outlet reported at the time.
“Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip is the CEO of JKN Global Group PCL, a Thailand-based media distribution company, though [he’s] perhaps better known for [his] role in Thai versions of reality shows including ‘Project Runway.'”
Upon Jakrajutatip buying the company, the media — including CNN — began celebrating it boasting its “first woman owner” ever:
CNN: “The purchase makes Jakkaphong the first woman owner of the Miss Universe Organization.”
Axios: “Thai transgender business mogul Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip has become the first woman to own the Miss Universe pageant after purchasing the franchise for $20 million.”
NBC News: “Anne Jakkapong Jakrajutatip, the CEO of the Thailand-based JKN Global Group, is the first woman to own the global beauty pageant organization.”
Yahoo Sports: “The Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant, has been sold to Anne Jakrajutatip. She is the first woman to own Miss Universe and one of the richest transgender women in the world.”
But critics say this narrative is a perfect example of the misogyny inherent in transgenderism:
Seems the new way to fight women’s inequality is for men to become women? Can someone explain how that isn’t misogyny? I’m confused.
— Samlee (@SamleeYarda007) January 15, 2023
And, there they are, celebrating misogyny. Their goal is to erase women. Don’t believe me? See sports, public facilities, British music awards, jobs, beauty pageants…
— TheWarOnWomen (@TheWarIsOnWomen) January 15, 2023
I am so done with this!
These men convey being a woman as simply a caricature. It’s beyond offensive -it’s misogyny plain and simple, and women need to rise up against this crap. Enough!
We are so much more than a costume!
— Conservative Momma (@conmomma) January 15, 2023
That said, Miss Universe’s foray into the “woke” began long before Jakrajutatip bought the competition.
It started in 2018, when the competition allowed a “transgender woman” (biological male) to compete for the first time ever.
“While she didn’t win the crown, Angela Ponce broke barriers on Monday in the 67th Miss Universe pageant. The 27-year-old Spanish beauty became the first transgender woman to ever participate in the international competition,” NBC News reported at the time.
In a statement to the outlet, Ponce said, “I never imagined [I would make it to Miss Universe] because I lived in a society where everyone said I couldn’t do that. And I didn’t have the information to realize that my dream to be a woman could ever actually be realized.”
Since then, it’s been a downward spiral:
Inclusive language is important, especially when speaking about periods.
Thinking menstrual health is only a niche topic for woman excludes transgender, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people who have periods from the conversation.#menstrualequity pic.twitter.com/b37JcUDxgQ
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) June 14, 2022
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