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Like JFK, but with a different religion and no real consequences

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm with No Comments »
February 20, 2008 2:26 pm


The gal to the right is Aimee. She’s 18. She’s from Spanaway. The picture to the right is a screengrab from the Web site for “America’s Next Top Model.” She’s a contestant on that show.

She was also raised Mormon. And that’s apparently a problem for a newspaper reporter in Salt Lake City.

We need a bit of context: The Deseret Morning News is owned by a for-profit company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s a conservative paper. You won’t find liquor ads in it. And that’s fine; it fills a niche. I’m not cracking on the paper.

But a reporter harps on this question: “Can an ex-Mormon be ‘America’s Next Top Model?'”

Or here’s a better question: Who the heck cares? It’s a reality show some people like to watch and a good opportunity for her. But the reporter feels the need to bash a teenager he’s probably never met because of her choice of religion.

He assumes she’ll do a nude photo shoot. He takes a jab at her in his third paragraph: “Aimee, an 18-year-old “hostess” (whatever that means) from Spanaway, Wash., is upfront about her ex-Mormon status.”

Whatever that means? She’s not decades into a career. She’s fresh out of high school.

You know what’s missing when you pick on an 18-year-old girl because she’s not following the faith of her family? Decency. Whatever that means.

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