Video: Meet George Mason’s homecoming queen

posted at 3:21 pm on February 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

Does anyone really care? Listen to the cheers in the first clip; reminds me of the crowd going nuts over Tammy’s speech in “Election.” When an institution, be it student government or homecoming pageantry, is subverted this cheekily, it’s hard not to root along. Even the College Republicans don’t object:

Allen’s selection does not appear to have caused much consternation among the school’s 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. An online article in the student newspaper prompted only two comments, both positive.

Alyssa Cordova, an officer with the school’s College Republicans, said she didn’t pay much attention to Allen’s election and is suprised by the media attention it has received.

“I just think it’s kind of silly,” she said.

The second clip’s an interview with “Reann” from yesterday’s MSNBC, featuring Tamron Hall darned near bubbling over with gleeful nonjudgmentalism. Exit question: How’d you like to be one of the girls who finished as runners-up? Heart-ache.



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Dude, Kitchen appliances have been elected Prom King et al. before.

Techie on February 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Oh good Lord…..

Guardian on February 21, 2009 at 3:25 PM

AP…you were doing so well with the Michelle L. Muccio thread…

Why this? Why now? It’s George Mason U., for goodness sake…about, what, 60 couples show up for the Homecoming dance, if that many?

coldwarrior on February 21, 2009 at 3:25 PM

That would not have been the year to be the Homecoming King.

Maxx on February 21, 2009 at 3:27 PM

That would not have been the year to be the Homecoming King.

Heh. Homecoming King hardest hit.

Spirit of 1776 on February 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM

death of a moral nation.

Emeka on February 21, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Was the first thing that came to your mind ABBA – Dancing Queen?

PappaMac on February 21, 2009 at 3:33 PM

AP, having lots of fun today.

Entelechy on February 21, 2009 at 3:34 PM

But would Ace hit it…………?

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

What’s it worth? Shock value? Not even. I’m numb to this kind of nonsense, and I’ll bet so are the 29,950 George Mason U students who were not even aware (nor did they care) that the Homecoming Queen election was being held.

15 minutes of fame. Enjoy it.

DrStock on February 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

“Terence, this is stupid stuff”

MNDavenotPC on February 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Where’s his tiara?

Blake on February 21, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I find myself torn.
On the one hand, we have the absurdity of the reinforcement of destructive behavior.
ON the other hand, we have the absurdity of a popularity contest.
Do I fail to object to one just because it is more accepted?
Or do I just BWAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAA!

Count to 10 on February 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

yawn

Lehosh on February 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Allen’s selection does not appear to have caused much consternation among the school’s 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

I would think not. Anyone voicing disapproval would most certainly feel the wrath of the political correctness beast that lurks on every university and college campus these days.

darwin on February 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

The Fruits and Nuts are running the country.

Kjeil on February 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Progress!

Mike Honcho on February 21, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I would think not. Anyone voicing disapproval would most certainly feel the wrath of the political correctness beast that lurks on every university and college campus these days.

darwin on February 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Or nobody really gives a crap.

crr6 on February 21, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Sheesh! Stupidity in our nations schools is still alive and well.

How much does it cost to attend? Too much!

DannoJyd on February 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Allah, is your Google broken? You should have been able to create a witty tie in to the attractive economist:

http://www.acton.org/people/mmuccio.php

Michelle L. Muccio is a production associate and Washington, D.C. representative for Acton Media. She earned her B.A. in economics from George Mason University. Beginning her career in the office of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Michelle later went on to serve as a litigation policy fellow to the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. Prior to joining Acton, Michelle worked for the Heritage Foundation as a federal budget researcher, providing members of Congress and their staff with budgetary and economic analysis of spending and revenue trends. Michelle has lived abroad in Florence, Italy and is proficient in the Italian language.

Bonus fun for you Allah: Acton Institute “for the study of religion and liberty”

RightWinged on February 21, 2009 at 3:51 PM

“Some things are so preposterous only an intellectual could believe them. ”

George Orwell

RadioFreeUSA on February 21, 2009 at 3:52 PM

George Mason University:

Home of the Muslim-Only bathroom complete with toe washer
Home of the Muslim-Only prayer room
and many other “give in or they’ll kill us” policies

Nothing, and I mean nothing, at this institution surprises me.

BobMbx on February 21, 2009 at 3:52 PM

death of a moral nation.

Emeka on February 21, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Yep. This is it. Slavery, segregation, the genocide of the Native Americans, putting all the Japanese-Americans in concentration camps…yeah, that was pretty bad. But a dude? Homecoming Queen? Forget it. Death of a moral nation it is.

On a related note, wasn’t this the plot from an episode of Saved By the Bell? Wasn’t Screech homecoming queen? Or was that from an episode of SBTB that occurred IN MY MIND?!

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 3:54 PM

The Fruits and Nuts are running the country.

Kjeil on February 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Eh. I think crrvix is right for the first time, and 90% of those who might be involved don’t give a crap about it, so it was left to the 10%, who are either queer or subversive or both.

Let them have their fun. But let’s not take them seriously on anything important, like a Presidential elec…oh, shit…

Jaibones on February 21, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Am I aloud to have an opinion…since I’ve just found out that I am a ‘Racist Coward”?

PappaMac on February 21, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Is not Dr. Walter Williams working at JM? I wonder if he will make a comment on this. I just love that man, and love it when he subs for Rush.
L

letget on February 21, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Think ye, sir,
How those feathered boys love to flaunt their tails!
Stallions!
Zounds, sir!
Hounds sir! Stags!
Of the goosie and the gander, sir
Which gender is the grander, sir
To render total candor, sir, the spendour is the male’s!
Be an example to your sex
Give your boot a dapper strap
And it’s smarter if your garter has some snap!
Cravats should be flounced about our necks
Wear a nightcap when you nap
Be bewitching with some stitching on your cap!
Now, drape your cape
And puff your cuff
Embroider those lapels!
Be the King of the Beasts in pastels!

La, but someone has to strike a pose
And bear the weight of well-tailored clothes
And that is why the Lord created men
Strut, sir!
What, sir?
Roosters do!
Give a cock his comb and the hens will pale!
Bucks! Bulls!
More, sir!
Boars, sir! Rams!
Of the nanny goat and billy, sir
Whose beard is fully woolly, sir?
It’s bully for the billy for he’s willy-nilly male!
Sir, be a lion-hearted prig
Fill those pantaloons with light!
I could dangle down a spangle out of sight!
Oh, yes! Be bold, sir!
When it’s cold, slap on that wig
Draw your britches in quite tight
Even more so, and your torso will ignite
Now, smock your frock
Perfume your plume
Let your waistcoat swing!
And the jungle will bow to its King!

La, but someone has to strike a pose
And bear the weight of well-tailored clothes
And that is why the Lord created men
Yes, that is why the Lord created men
Remember what we’re here for
Why we must be dressed to kill
If we have to look like Cleopatra
Then we will!
If you’re out to make a splash, cheri,
Do know your haberdashery!
Buttons, buckles, ruffles and lace
Represent the human race!
La, but someone has to strike a pose
And bear the weight of well-tailored clothes
Each species needs a sex that’s fated
To be highly decorated
That is why the Lord created men

PercyB on February 21, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Yep. This is it. Slavery, segregation, the genocide of the Native Americans, putting all the Japanese-Americans in concentration camps…yeah, that was pretty bad…

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I’m shocked that the American air that you inhale doesn’t suffocate you.

Entelechy on February 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Is not Dr. Walter Williams working at JM? I wonder if he will make a comment on this. I just love that man, and love it when he subs for Rush

.

He does, and the law school is famously one of the more conservative law schools in the country (although it’s really has more of a libertarian economic focus a la U of Chicago Law WHERE PROFESSOR HUSSEIN TAUGHT)

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Entelechy on February 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Nope, breathing just fine here. This is the greatest country in the world, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our faults, and for someone to suggest that *this* drag queen somehow signifies the moral death of a nation…I mean, that just shows a stunning lack of familiarity with, at best, history, and at worst, morality.

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Queen for a day.

JammieWearingFool on February 21, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Nope, breathing just fine here. This is the greatest country in the world, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our faults, and for someone to suggest that *this* drag queen somehow signifies the moral death of a nation…I mean, that just shows a stunning lack of familiarity with, at best, history, and at worst, morality.

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 4:04 PM

There is a limit to human morality, but there is no limit to human pomposity.

Tav on February 21, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Exit question: How’d you like to be one of the girls who finished as runners-up? Heart-ache.

Did you pay attention to the video? He looked more feminine than either of the girls he was running against, and at least he didn’t show up in blue jeans. But really, who cares?

Buford on February 21, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I suppose one could argue that it’s different, but you’re about 40 years late with this stunt, buddy:

The first Homecoming Queen was crowned in November 1950. This tradition lasted until 1970 when Daily Beacon columnist Vince Staten began a write-in protest campaign against the domination of Homecoming Week by Greek organizations. Photographed with a paper bag over his head, Staten won with twenty-five hundred votes…

meltenn on February 21, 2009 at 4:18 PM

This would NEVER EVER happen at Texas A&M University.

txag92 on February 21, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Who would have thought that all the non prom king and queen types would vote for someone who makes a mockery of it?

Betas the homely majority!

Plus drag . . . queen . . . painful in its obviousness.

- The Cat

MirCat on February 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Nope, breathing just fine here. This is the greatest country in the world, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our faults, and for someone to suggest that *this* drag queen somehow signifies the moral death of a nation…I mean, that just shows a stunning lack of familiarity with, at best, history, and at worst, morality.

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Just to be completely clear.

There is a limit to human morality, but there is no limit to human pomposity as you so well demonstrate.

Tav on February 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I liked this dude.

VolMagic on February 21, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Tav on February 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I apologize if I was being pompous. I felt that someone was implying that I didn’t love my country and I felt obligated to respond, and I tried to elaborate on my earlier point to make it more clear. That’s all. Again, sorry.

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Not scandelous, not “cheeky”, not even risque……just boring.

I can’t even work up a “meh” over this one.

Kasper Hauser on February 21, 2009 at 4:59 PM

How’d you like to be one of the girls who finished as runners-up? Heart-ache.

How would you like to be king when he/she/it was elected queen?

Grafted on February 21, 2009 at 5:24 PM

This is just footloose and fancy free uber-adolescents having a fun time. Boring mockery, which is the epitome of college statements these days. I agree with Kasper on this one.

Just w a i t till they get out in the world and see exactly how their idyllic saviour, Obama, has altered their future plans and dreams. Give em, for at least a while, the fun and playful exuberance where they can find it. Reality will all come crashing down soon enough.

marybel on February 21, 2009 at 5:31 PM

How would you like to be king when he/she/it was elected queen?

Grafted on February 21, 2009 at 5:24 PM

I’m thinking abdication and self-exile.

AZfederalist on February 21, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Rice University has a long tradition of electing men, men dressed as creatures and monsters, animals, middle-aged secretaries, etc. as Homecoming Queen. We almost never have an actual college woman for homecoming queen (unless things have changed). We always fought with the athletic dept. to send our actual Queen to ride in the Cotton Bowl parade with the other “princesses” from the SW Conference. The Athletic Dept. never let us. They always sent a pretty girl. Sigh. No imagination.

http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=5904&SnID=2

TX Mom on February 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Am I aloud to have an opinion…since I’ve just found out that I am a ‘Racist Coward”?

PappaMac on February 21, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Glad you asked, Pappa. The answer is clearly no, and STFU.

Racist.

Jaibones on February 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM

So, Allah, are you going to do your job and moderate the comments section this time?

Because, oh, YESTERDAY when this story was in the headlines, it turned into two or three of us making the argument that homosexuals aren’t the evil, moral death of all that is good and holy, while others chose to flat-out insinuate that those of us defending gays or this kid in particular were either gay ourselves or had been sodomized as children.

I’d really hope that sort of thing doesn’t happen a second time around.

Vyce on February 21, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 4:04 PM

How rational of you, which is of course why you were attacked.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 21, 2009 at 6:04 PM

I’d really hope that sort of thing doesn’t happen a second time around.

Vyce on February 21, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Wouldn’t hold your breath.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 21, 2009 at 6:05 PM

BTW did anyone notice how not evil, immoral, sick or twisted Ryan seems? He seems like someone who’d be fun to grab a drink with.

DeathToMediaHacks on February 21, 2009 at 6:07 PM

I bet he has testiclay.

Fortunata on February 21, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Didn’t watch the video. If I wanted to see a faggot, I’d go to downtown Dallas.

Crab Pot on February 21, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Count to 10 on February 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

I’d second that. Seriously, people, the majority of GMU students are commuters who are too busy working at the pizzaria part-time to give a rat’s ass about a few frat boys and suzy sorority bunnies pretending to live the ivy-covered “Joe College” life.

I’d say this loser’s fifteen minutes of fame are just about up.

manwithblackhat on February 21, 2009 at 7:37 PM

What a cute boy! I wish I could have dated a boy like him when I was an undergrad. Instead, I dated a dude on the swim team.

thuja on February 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Headline should read:
“Attention Seeking Kid Gets Attention”

Ampersand on February 21, 2009 at 7:47 PM

How would you like to be king when he/she/it was elected queen?

Grafted on February 21, 2009 at 5:24 PM

The Prom King didn’t seem to care at all. He walked right over, like a grown up, and smiled for the cameras.

And it’s “he.” Almost no drag queens are transsexual. It’s just a bit of fun, like Halloween.

Tanya on February 21, 2009 at 7:55 PM

I’m fairly sure Rice University did this at least one year in the 1980s and another year I believe they elected a refrigerator.

Ah, I see TX Mom on February 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM already has mentioned this ….

Lots of college kids have done this especially when Student Affairs or the SGA machine has preselected the outcome anyway.

viking01 on February 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Headline should read:
“Attention Seeking Kid Gets Attention”

Ampersand on February 21, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Because female homecoming queens are never attention seekers. They’re trying to find maps of The Iraq. Like such as.

Tanya on February 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Tanya on February 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

+100

DeathToMediaHacks on February 21, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Does anyone really care?

Of course not. It is an archaic custom that was never really a part of George Mason traditions. 20 years ago GMU was little more than a commuter college for Northern Virginia with aspirations of being more (which they have subsequently achieved). It’s just a silly diversion.

Compare that to the selection of the “Queen of Carnival” for the Rex Parade on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans. Were a dude to be selected for that, then it would be newsworthy.

highhopes on February 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Headline should read:
“Attention Seeking Kid Gets Attention”

Ampersand on February 21, 2009 at 7:47 PM

That’s a little harsh, isn’t it? What kid at that age doesn’t seek attention?

highhopes on February 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Headline should read:
“Attention Seeking Kid Gets Attention”

Ampersand on February 21, 2009 at 7:47 PM

That’s a little harsh, isn’t it? What kid at that age doesn’t seek attention?

I think it’s also worth pointing out that that’s a sucky headline.

Proud Rino on February 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Because female homecoming queens are never attention seekers.

Tanya on February 21, 2009 at 7:58 PM

I agree. It’s kinda the same thing. This guy just came up with a stunt to get attention. People have been doing it forever. It was kinda my point. Attention seeking people ave been getting attention for ages. This is different from normal attention seeking homecoming queens. This is attention seeking on a much higher level. At least this guy hasn’t done a porn or flashed his crotch to get attention… yet.

I’m not against this guy on any moral grounds. I’m just annoyed by the everyone seeking their 15 minutes these days. It seems like he is influenced by the Hilton/Spears/Lohan culture

But at the end of the day this story gets a big ol’ “meh” from me

Ampersand on February 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

I’m not against this guy on any moral grounds. I’m just annoyed by the everyone seeking their 15 minutes these days. It seems like he is influenced by the Hilton/Spears/Lohan culture

Ampersand on February 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Um…

Did this guy do this to get national attention or was this a story created by the media and reported nationally since GMU is in a Northern Virginia suburb and it is a slow news cycle since the President is clearly spending as little time in DC as possible? The guy won a homecoming queen contest. To equate that with anything more seems a stretch.

highhopes on February 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

His parents must be very proud..Both of his Dads..

As Eric Holder would say we need to continue this conversation about homosexuality…And if you don’t you are all “Cowards””….gay pink flamingo cowards in flowery moo-moos but, cowards nonetheless…

sirpatrick on February 21, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Hey, look at me!

I think I’m a horse so I dress up in a saddle, stirrups, and a bridle all day.

If you don’t like it you’re obviously a hater, an equinaphobe, or a republican.

naaaaaayyyyy, naayyyyyyy

ex-Democrat on February 21, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Absolutely disgusting. I would be utterly ashamed to be a GMU student.

KSgop on February 21, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Dumb.

But more power to him, her… whichever.

Dhurka Dhurka on February 22, 2009 at 12:55 AM

Well, my son is a female impersonator. He is more beautiful then Madonna. I about fell down when I saw his photo’s of the women he portrays. He best keep his paws off of my clothes though! I think that Ryan winning the crown is a tad twisted. But, my friend pointed out that some colleges do this. So as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone then I don’t care. To each their own.

sheebe on February 22, 2009 at 1:38 AM

You know, it’s stupid for anyone to be offended by this… AND it’s stupid for anyone to be impressed by it. Kids rebelling against the norm to get attention. It’s what youth is all about.

Now I’m going to watch some Eddie Izzard…

Conspiracy theory: The gay’s plan to faze out women is nearly complete! Soon we will be all plugs and no sockets!!!!! HAHAHA (evil laugh)

Ampersand on February 22, 2009 at 4:33 AM

That’s a little harsh, isn’t it? What kid at that age doesn’t seek attention?

highhopes on February 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

That’s the point.

Ampersand on February 22, 2009 at 4:34 AM

He is more beautiful then Madonna.

sheebe on February 22, 2009 at 1:38 AM

c’mon. That’s like saying “my son is a body builder. He’s more built than Gilbert Gottfried.” I’m going to go out on a limb and saying Madonna isn’t even in your sons league.

Ampersand on February 22, 2009 at 6:24 AM

Pelosi just flushed the economy into the toilet, and we’re worried about this????? No wonder things are the way they are…….

adamsmith on February 22, 2009 at 6:42 AM

I might have missed something here but this is college not high school and it appeared by the looks of the other contestants to be something not taken all that seriously. Much ado about nothing.

pc on February 22, 2009 at 8:16 AM

It’s a college boor stunt. The only people dumber than the people who engage in it are the people who get outraged by it. Nobody puts Prom King/Queen on their resume. Most colleges don’t even have proms.

Seriously:

George Mason University’s Prom Queen was a guy in drag! I’M OUTRAGED!

(Now do you see how silly it looks?)

BKennedy on February 22, 2009 at 9:08 AM

George Mason has lost its credibility for permitting this offensive outrage and Ryan Allen (aka Reann Ballslee) appears to be nothing more than a sexually confused nutcase activist seeking his 15 minutes of fame.

Those women who lost the contest, because the school permitted a male to compete, in a FEMALE contest event, ought to sue George Mason University.

The word Queen connotes FEMALE, unless it is being used, in a derogatory manner.

sinsing on February 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM

This thing of gays always wanting to be in the limelight and trying to be all things female is boring at best and getting slowly retarded…… Yawn!

MNDavenotPC on February 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Students like to make fun of their school’s traditions, but they should look ahead a bit. My husband went to a University that has a lot of traditions that are still followed today. When I go to a reunion, I am surprised how much money this public schools raises from it’s alumni. I am talking millions from each reunion class and this money goes for the most part to the academic side. And it is not one of the largest public universities. I went to a George Mason type university and it doesn’t raise anywhere near the money that my husband’s school raises.

jeannie on February 22, 2009 at 1:46 PM

This is why there are private schools in America, so the children that want an education without disgusting influence can get an education.

workingforpigs on February 22, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Those women who lost the contest, because the school permitted a male to compete, in a FEMALE contest event, ought to sue George Mason University.

..

Actually, come to think of it, I don’t think I really need to add anything to that.

Just wow.

Reaps on February 22, 2009 at 11:41 PM