As most of you already know, guest blogger Janet Karemera, wrote an interesting blog on why she didnt support the Miss Rwanda contest and the Government’s financial support for it. I didn’t think it would be frankly a huge deal but I quickly learnt just how nonsensical some of my fellow citizens are. I totally understand that people won’t always agree with you, but reaction to this article has been rabid and mean spirited and illogical. But I guess that is the nature of discourse these days.
Here are some of the interesting comments that the blog, and its subsequent use in The New Times, where it was the most read item on the paper’s online version. It was shared 440 times on Facebook and tweeted 52 times.
“The Author of this article and all her supporters, think outside the box please! No need to say much. Government is a Parent too among other things… and by the way all yo suggestions are being done by the GoR otherwise Rwanda wouldnt be where we are now!!! We are a model country not only for fellow African countries but even Europe and the West are wowed by us and all our home grown initiatives. So wake up and support Government programs, and involvements because govt is not blind, it has advisors and respect is among the little things you can do!! Stop complaining about your country, do your part well coz you are your country- Herbert Muhire
“Get off your high horse!” Peter, USA
And my personal favorite, “The author of this article must be really ugly and have low self esteem- you can be smart and rock a dress! Yes i agree there should be spelling bees etc…BUT TO EACH HIS/HER OWN.If you don’t like it don’t ATTEND, stay home and watch movies.
Many countries have beauty pageants,its not a new event, granted the standard of boot camp isn’t great, but maybe next time they will improve. We complain about the lack of entertainment… and here she is bitching!!!! Lady, take a seat- A Concerned Rwandan.
On Twitter, a Daniel Kayonza (@dKayonza) actually went as far as implying that I ghost wrote the entire article.
Anyway, the contestants entertained the mob, leaving some withering on the floor with their daft answers to the judges questions, and at the end of it all, Aurore Kayibanda Umutesi won. What got my goat really just how thin skinned people were. I even heard that the Minister of Culture, Protais Mitali, mention Janet’s name in his remarks. Really?! Doesn’t he have better things to do other than bullying a woman who simply put her point across?