A contest like that has potential to celebrate some real positive role models out there, like the contestants from Africa, who are literally putting their lives on the line to create change.
Sadly, it looks like it mostly is just a beauty pageant. Outsports has a similar writeup with a few more details, and links to the pageant website.http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2012/04/08/new-zealands-andreas-derleth-wins-2012-mr-gay-world/
OutsportsIt is amusing to see the scoring criteria for the pageant, and find that answering an LGBT history test counted for 5% of the total, the sports segment for 10% … and the swimsuit part for 20%.
Also, Formal Wear for 10%, National Costume for 5%, and Photo Shoot for 10%.
So 55% of the score is based on looks and athletics, 30% on a "panel interview" - where I'm guessing their charisma and charm count for more than the content of what they have to say, and then 10% total on a history test and Outreach. The 5% Admin score is basically "how well did they submit their paperwork" - really?
I get it that the messenger should be charismatic and nice to look at or people won't want to hear the message. Unfortunately, the score weights are so skewed to that end, it's a joke.