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Maggie’s first costume contest loss, and inappropriate announcing

Iron Maiden

Maggie entered her third costume contest as Iron Maiden and suffered her first loss this weekend at the Franklin Pumpkin Festival.

That said, she took it well, didn’t have any issues, and had a great time doing it.

She asked why she’d won before and not then and I said it was playing to the crowd, which was partly true.

In the other contests she had a lot of time to turn on the charm, in this one it was a minute or so and then stand and wait for the 30 other kids to be announced.

The winners were good, but I think the judges were going for an angle we had not prepared for. No big, don’t have a problem with the loss.

What I did have a problem with was the announcer’s presentation of white Wonder Woman vs not white Wonder Woman. White kid was introduced as Wonder Woman, non-white kid was introduced as Wonder Woman’s twin.

Like seriously, I don’t believe the announcer was intentionally trying to say the brown kid wasn’t Wonder Woman, but man, it felt like he was going right for a “I mean you people can be Wonder Woman also” line and it … dang. It felt awkward.

So yeah, dude was probably just trying to differentiate between back to back Wonder Women, but dang Franklin, it’s Wonder Woman, not her twin, not off-white Wonder Woman, not Wonder Woman Number Two, just Wonder Women, on a stage, 200 feet from a Confederate monument overlooking the contest.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.