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Miss America to Stand Up for Kids with Incarcerated Parents. Um, OK, Thanks?

Laura Kaeppeler

Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012

Being crowned Miss America can mean a tremendous opportunity to advance a worthy cause. Past Miss America’s have made literacy their cause. Others have worked to combat childhood obesity and disease.

Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler, was crowned Miss America over the weekend. The cause near and dear to her heart? “Making children of incarcerated adults to feel less alone,” according to CBS News.

Um, OK.

I’m all for the unfortunate kids of incarcerated adults feeling less isolated and engaging in a mentor-mentee relationship. But is this really the way that Miss America can best use her platform? Or does it just seem, well, unseemly, because convicts are part of the conversation?

Of course no child deserves to be without parents, particularly if it’s because their parents might be in jail. And maybe this is a sign that the Miss America pageant is progressing and joining the modern world. Kaeppeler herself has a parent behind bars, so she knows what it’s like to feel alone as a result of the sins of a parent (mail fraud, in the case of her dad).

It just seems kind of un-befitting of a beauty queen (whatever that means), even if it does seems like a good thing for those kids who are suffering.

Are you surprised at Miss America’s charitable platform? Do you think it’s a good, progressive thing, or should she have chosen to help combat a more traditional cause?

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