That embarrassing blog posting about Miss Universe’s trip to Guantanamo Bay has vanished from the pageant’s Web site.Dayana Mendoza
’s lighthearted March posting sparked a flurry of criticism with comments like this one: “We hung out with the guys from the East Coast and they showed us the boat inside and out, how they work and what they do, we took a ride around the land and it was a loooot of fun!”
She also wrote: “The water in Guantanamo Bay is soooo beautiful!”
She wasn’t talking about the detention center for alleged terrorists, which occupies only a sliver of the 45-mile-square base.
In a brief mention of the detainee camp, Mendoza said her group “saw the jails, where they shower, how they recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books.” She described the prison only as “very interesting.”
In place of her posting Wednesday was a statement fromPaula M. Shugart
, president of the Miss Universe Organization, who said Mendoza and Miss USACrystle Stewart
. had gone to Guantanamo on a USO tour to boost the morale of U.S. troops.