If Glenn Beck Gets His Own Day in Mount Vernon, Maybe Vanessa Fontana Should Get One Too

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Apparently, many Mount Vernonites are upset that Mayor Bud Norris (no relation to Chuck, sadly) announced a day honoring TV personality Glenn Beck, who hails from the town and who developed his audience by making outrageous statements and crying on air. (Throw in some good, old-fashioned racism, for good measure.) But rather than being upset at Beck's award, perhaps Mount Vernonites should instead call attention to who is being unfairly neglected.

A Mount Vernon resident at the time, Vanessa Fontana was a one-woman tour de force on the first season of Paris Hilton's My New BFF, outlasting 16 contestants--including the famous Bikini Corrie (that's Vanessa smirking in the clip)--before falling in the final round. Like Beck, Fontana enhanced the drama by crying on-air regularly. If crying + ratings + once lived in Mount Vernon = key to the city, then maybe Vanessa should get one too.

 
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