Hey, kids, didya watch the Scripps Spelling Bee? I did, and I’m very disturbed by what I saw. These were the finalists who eventually lost to
Sonia Sotomayor Kavya Shivashankar:
(l to r, top row (in order of elimination from the finals): Ramya Auroprem, Serena Laine-Lobsinger, Kyle Mou, Aishwarya Pastapur, Kennyi Aouad; bottom row: Sidharth Chand, Tussah Heera, Neetu Chandak, Anamika Veeramani, Tim Ruiter)
(all photos from the Scripps website)
Of the finalist, 7 were Indian-American, one Asian-American, one African-American. 7 were girls, only 4 boys. There was only one white male! 😯 Is it any wonder that there were protests at the event?
(l to r: Mark Krikorian, Jill Biden, Rush Limbaugh, Kavya Shivashankar, Pat Buchanan, Tom Tancredo)
I interviewed some of the protesters outside the building after the event. I tried to ask Mark Krikorian what he thought, but when he kept trying to complain about the spellers, he didn’t know how to pronounce any of their names. By the way, I have no idea who the hell Mark Krikorian is, but for some unknown reason, people were listening to him.
I was very excited to see Pat Buchanan. He was already yelling when I went over, so I couldn’t ask him anything. However, here are some of the things he said:
Tom Tancredo almost fell off his soapbox in his excitement over someone wanting to ask him a question. That never happened when he was running for President! He said, “This group of spelling foreigners are just like the KKK without the hoods or the nooses. Their logo is “All for the bee, nothing for the rest.'”
King Rush Limbaugh was there. Someone needs to tell him that, on him, black isn’t slimming, especially when he’s jumping up and down. King Rush just kept screaming, “Racist! Reverse racist!” over and over. I don’t know if reverse racist cancels racist out or not. I just tried to stay out of his way, because he was really glassy-eyed as though he were on some medication, and he kept yelling the names of some Republican politicians and conservative pundits and then spitting.
There were others outside as well. G. Gordon Liddy was muttering to himself. He was difficult to understand, but I think he said something about Jill Biden and the girl finalists having Harleys. Oops, no! Someone else who was there just corrected me. He said menstrual cycles.
Sean Hannity had all the Fox News cameras on him while he blamed the results of the spelling bee on President Obama. He remarked that this was the most radical spelling bee ever. Glenn Beck said that the winner,
Sonia Sotomayor Kavya Shivashankar, is clearly a Marxist. Then he continued drinking his tea.
There were lots of others spouting their opinions, but I didn’t stick around. I was exhausted from all the excitement and had to lie down for a spell.