The epithet fit, not because she had gained weight, but because she was a diva.
Trump bought the Miss USA and Miss Universe shows in 1996 and let the staff run it. She was high maintenance. Trump told Bill O'Reilly last night:
She did not do well. She had a lot of difficulty, and, you know, they wanted to fire her. The company itself wanted to fire her. I saved her job.This story by Jeanne Moos of CNN in 1997 verifies Trump's statement.
Now if her weight were the only issue, he would have called her a Little Piggy. But Miss Piggy was a royal pain who pushed her weight around people who offended her. There was this exchange from the second episode of "The Muppets" back in 1976:
Fozzie Bear: Hey, have you heard the one about this very fat pig?The problem was not her weight but her attitude. Oh, she had gained a bunch of weight. She says nineteen pounds, CNN in 1997 said nearly sixty pounds. This was a problem for a beauty pageant winner. If judging a beauty contest winner on her looks is misogyny, then we are all misogynists now.
Miss Piggy: [angrily] Have you heard this one about this very FLAT bear? Hiii-ya! [she karate-chops him]
In raising this issue, Hillary reminds grown-ups that Trump likes good-looking women and judges beauty contest contestants on their looks. Who does that make look small?
Many sites are bringing up her later troubles -- troubles the media ignore such as driving the getaway car from a murder, threatening the life of a judge, getting bounced from a reality show after making a sex tape with another contestant, and giving birth to a Mexican drug lord's daughter. None of that will change a vote because the people who decide their vote based on the debates tune out all that background noise.
However, her post-Miss Universe life fits the template of a diva.
So, Hillary's pants suit is in a bunch over calling a fat beauty contest winner Miss Piggy? That is one way to remind people of Hilary's extreme Hiii-ya! Karate Chop feminism.
By all means, play that up, media.
UPDATE: Will Rahn of CBS takes on the media silence on Miss Piggy's career.
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