Krewe de Crown: The Miss USA contestants, Baton Rouge deserve to be showcased _lowres

FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Donald Trump, left, and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady pose onstage after Brady won the 2013 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. Univision says it is dropping the Miss USA Pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump over comments he made about Mexican immigrants. The network said Thursday, June 25, 2015, it will not air the pageant on July 12, as previously scheduled, and has ended its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization due to what it called "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" by Trump, a part owner. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari, File)

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Just today, it was announced that NBC is cutting business ties with Donald Trump over the recent immigration remarks made. This also means that NBC will no longer air the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that were part of a joint venture with Trump. There are several ways you can look at the situation, but for right now, I will look at it as a former contest in the USA system.

The 50 young ladies that arrived in Baton Rouge yesterday have worked extremely hard to get to where they are. I can imagine the sacrifices that have been made to this point and I can imagine the disappointment in hearing the news. I once heard that you are more likely to have a son play in the Super Bowl than a daughter compete at Miss USA. This “statistic” has never left my mind. Can you imagine the sense of accomplishment in representing your state and having the opportunity to represent your nation?

Think about the parents, grandparents, family, and friends that were not able to travel but had a sense of comfort knowing they had a front row seat on their couch. Think about the time, money, and effort the people of Baton Rouge have spent in setting up events for the contestants to attend to showcase the great city of Baton Rouge on the national telecast.

I could go on and on. But one thing I truly believe is that the contestants and the capital city deserve to be showcased. Now who has connections to a network?