The treatment of the Tennessee beauty queen was nothing personal. It had more to do with Mexico's sometimes tense relationship with its powerful northern neighbor.
U.S. athletes have sparked a similar response. In 2005, when the U.S. played Mexico during a World Cup soccer qualifier, the crowd booed the U.S. national anthem and a smattering of fans chanted "Osama! Osama!" during the game.
Smith was booed repeatedly during her stay in Mexico, including last week, when she carried a guitar and wore an Elvis-style suit during a parade of national costumes held in downtown Mexico City.
She kept her poise during an interview Monday night with pageant judges, despite the boos and chants of "Mexico! Mexico!" that drowned out her answer.
I posted this because of an email dear ZinLA sent me this morning and the others at our clubhouse seconded it. The idea that people who are trying to sneak into this country--and from whom they want cradle-to-grave entitlements AND AMNESTY-- would even dare to boo us is ridiculous!
Please, if you disagree or dislike us that much, you can best show it by not coming here to bad-mouth us, boo at our people and policies, and sponge off our government.
Thank you, ZinLA, for pointing out this absurdity and bringing us this!