Miss Universe’s blog creates controversy

April 2nd, 2009 - 3:52 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

A flurry of critical comments and news, for the Miss Universe’s blog post about ‘having fun’ at Guantanamo Bay has vanished from the pageant’s Web site as embarrassed officials try to quash what they call a misunderstanding.

The news stories over the Venezuelan beauty queen’s lighthearted post underscores that the military prison at Guantanamo remains a damaging symbol for the United States.

Dayana Mendoza’s now-deleted late-March posting sounded like a note home from a spring breaker.

‘We hung out with the guys from the East Coast and they showed us the boat inside and out, how they work and what they do, we took a ride around the land and it was a loooot of fun!’ Ms Mendoza wrote. ‘The water in Guantanamo Bay is soooo beautiful!’ she wrote at another point.

Those descriptions did not refer to the detention center for alleged terrorists, which occupies a sliver of the 45-square-mile base.

In place of her posting on Wednesday was a statement from Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, who said Ms Mendoza and Miss USA Crystle Stewart had gone to Guantanamo on a USO tour to boost the morale of US troops.

Ms Mendoza was crowned Miss Universe last year at a pageant in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

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