The video: The competition for prom queen is growing more complex now that male teens are campaigning for the traditionally female crown. Just weeks after the Glee character Kurt Hummel was "humiliated" to win the title at the fictional McKinley High, Jake Boyer, a Blacksburg, Va., high school student, vied for the same accolade as a "social experiment" and won. (Watch a local news report, below.) Boyer said his prom queen victory reflected acceptance and an open-minded attitude among his classmates: "This experience just gave me hope for the future."
The reaction: This is not only one of America's great stories, but it's also "how you change the world," says Jeanne Sager at The Stir. Sure, it's good news, but like prom queens before him, Boyer will soon realize that it all goes downhill after that crown, says Seth Abramovitch at Gawker. How long before he's chauffeuring a minivan full of screaming kids around town? See a news report about Boyer:
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Why the Chinese military is only a paper dragon
- What the Romney boomlet says about the establishment GOP's feeble 2016 field
- Christian conservatives have a terrifying new bogeyman: The Christian leftist
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- 5 innovative uses for baking soda
- Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
- Are rabbits for cuddling? For showcasing? For eating?
Subscribe to the Week