Thursday, December 15, 2016
“Beauty with a purpose” is how the Miss World Organization bills itself — but that purpose apparently includes covering up the ugliest of human-rights abuses.
Miss World execs muzzled Anastasia Lin, the Chinese-born Miss Canada who moonlights as a human-rights activist.
This is actually her second year as Canada’s Miss World entry: Chinese authorities refused to allow her into the country to compete in last year’s final.
She’ll make it to this year’s pageant in Washington — but she’s spent the last three weeks under orders to not speak publicly about Beijing’s horrors, especially its abuse of prisoners of conscience.
Her friends and family said she’d even been banned from attending the US premiere of a film she stars in, “The Bleeding Edge,” an exposé of China’s organ-harvesting from political prisoners.
Miss World Organization chief Julia Morley insisted Lin “is a free person to do exactly what she wishes to do.” Yet it took a wave of publicity before pageant officials would give Lin the OK to speak freely to the news media — and to attend Wednesday night’s premiere.
The Miss World finale on Sunday is expected to draw 1 billion viewers — and plainly the pageant sponsors feared losing revenue if they upset the rulers of the globe’s most populous nation.
The corruption of international competition goes far beyond the filthy world of global sports contests.