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May 20th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Is Miss USA a Muslim trailblazer?

She's always wanted to be a beauty queen and her dream came true with one of the biggest titles – Miss USA 2010 – Rima Fakih.

As soon as the announcement was made, the labels appeared. She was described as Arab-American, Lebanese-American, Muslim-American. She became the center of controversy overnight after pole dancing photos surfaced and spread across the globe just as fast as an outlandish rumor started by a U.S. neo-conservative blog that she's a spy for the Shiite Lebanese group Hezbollah, designated by the U.S. and E.U. countries as a terrorist group.

It's hard to gauge which claim could possibly hurt the new Miss USA more: the racy pictures or the unfounded rumors alleging she is affiliated with Hezbollah. One thing is certain, the Internet feasted on the story and different groups with different agendas jumped on the opportunity this story afforded them.

Read the full post on CNN's news blog, This Just In

Update 1:20 p.m.: An earlier version of this post had a headline we thought was too provocative.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Islam

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. amena

    hi please online with me I LOVE YOU

    January 13, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  2. CNN?

    Is it CNN??? Sad.

    May 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  3. Spike

    This is just plain sad and pathetic. It's sure not news. It's not like the racist right wing nutcases need another TV network, they already own one. Looks like this one is going to be theirs too.

    May 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  4. John

    Lou Dobbs would be proud.

    May 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  5. Ming

    CNN Headline: 'Miss USA: Muslim Trailblazer Or Hezbollah Spy?'

    CNN Journalists: Nazis or KKK members?

    May 22, 2010 at 4:30 am |
  6. Ming

    CNN Headline: 'Miss USA: Muslim Trailblazer Or Hezbollah Spy?'

    CNN Journalists: Terrorists or Child Molesters?

    May 22, 2010 at 4:29 am |
  7. Ming

    CNN Headline: 'Miss USA: Muslim Trailblazer Or Hezbollah Spy?'

    CNN Journalism: Terrorists or Child Molesters?

    May 22, 2010 at 4:28 am |
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