I am a bit late hearing the news, but apparently the people at TMZ chose to pick not only at Miss Mexico, Beatriz, but Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). I watched the video today and in all honesty I can’t say I am surprised, however that doesn’t stop me from being incredibly put off. TMZ, a TV show whose main purpose is to bash all those who come within their radius, knows nothing of our community college system…and fell in to the belief that the stereotype about community colleges is true. It’s not. Granted some people at any given community college can fit in to that stereotype, but in all honesty community college is not a mark against us. Community college is a reasonable, affordable, and accessible means for people whose parents can’t afford a 4 year, overpriced education right off the bat. Also, many students are adult students returning to college. Is it really a bright idea to jump in to a pricey education at 18 when you might possibly drop out, or stay for a long time? No. Community college is not less-than a 4 year, but is the first two years of an undergraduate degree — plain. and. simple.
I think that Harvey, who is supposedly educated, should do his homework before he makes hasty generalizations for the sake of a laugh. Which leads me to my next point — Betty. I met Betty in 2011 while attending Mt. SAC. We had one class together and got to know each other over the following years. While we aren’t BFF’s, I do know Betty’s character — a loving, genuine, intelligent, and ambitious young woman. She deserves nothing but respect and TMZ showed her none of that. Instead they took advantage of her sweet, unassuming personality to make a joke…shame on you all. Betty is top notch, and has been through some hardships but still puts that beautiful smile on her face. I hope anyone who sees that video remembers that about her.