The rules are the rules. How many times have you heard that phrase? Rulebooks govern so many facets of life—from sports, academics to home life.
The Purpose Behind the Rules
Having rules gives a foundation to build discipline that includes consequences, rewards, enforcement and communication. They provide a framework for behavior and in a way they serve as an equalizer.
Rules Drama in Beauty Pageant
This past summer Génesis Dávila was crowned as Miss Florida USA. Unfortunately, her reign only lasted one the week. The contest’s organizers alleged that she had broken the rules by using professional stylists to help her with her hair and makeup. They stripped her of her title.
Miss Florida USA 2017 Genesis Davila Is Stripped of Her Crown for Violating This Pageant Rule
Genesis Davila had her dream come true when she was crowned Miss Florida USA 2017.
Davila felt like she was “dreaming on a cloud” after winning, as she described in an Instagram post. But that feeling would be very short lived and only for about a week. Read more…
The drama doesn’t end here. Ms. Dávila has filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against the pageant owners, and executive producer Grant Gravitt. She claims that the allegations are false and that her reputation has been adversely affected. I guess we’ll have to keep an eye on this story to see how it unfolds.
Regardless of the outcome, Mr. Gravitt succinctly defined the purpose of rules when he said, “(Miss Dávila) sought an unfair competitive advantage….We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules….it’s all about keeping an equal and level playing field.”
Yes, rules are meant to be followed, not broken. And, if you don’t play by them there are consequences for violations. I hope Ms. Dávila’s case has a happy ending. For the rest of us, let’s avoid pushing the envelope.