Lifetime To Honor Jennifer Wilbanks As Woman of the Year
New York – Lifetime Television, which bills itself as "Television for Women", has called off the search for its annual Woman of the Year award. Dismissing the fact that 2005 is not yet halfway finished, the network’s grand dames will hold the awards banquet in honor of Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks sometime next month.
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A statement released on the Lifetime TV website indicates that Wilbanks "meets every single criteria established for what we feel today’s women stand for." While irregular, this mid-year stoppage of a full year award is not unprecedented. Last year Jet magazine awarded its Person of the Year award to Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth in April after her intentions to set back race relations thirty years became abundantly apparent.
"We feel as every woman should look to Jennifer as a role model. Someone who knew that marrying a man was a bad idea and empowered herself with a Greyhound bus," the website’s announcement continued. "We bestow this award upon Miss. Wilbanks and hope that it can counteract some of the negative reports propagated by the testosterone-driven media. While we know that the Woman of the Year title will never fully heal the scars of ‘Crazy Eyes Wilbanks’, we hope that it will give her the strength not to go through with her marriage."
Apparently the details surrounding her post-ordeal comments cemented the Lifetime award. Speaking on Jennifer’s behalf, Dr. Tom Smiley spoke about what drove this woman to the edge, or rather Albuquerque.
"I was simply running away from myself and certain fears controlling my life," Smiley, Wilbanks’ pastor, stated on her behalf.
When contacted about the award, Lifetime Television president Carole Black commented that she "knew what (Wilbanks) was going through." Black went on to say that, "We here at Lifetime Television are dedicated to encouraging women everywhere to flee their present and most likely abusive situations. That is why we offer programming such as ‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘The Nanny’ that encourage the deneutering of society."
As for the charge that Wilbanks might have broken the law with her disappearing act, Black shrugged that possibility off. "As long as she has a heart, two crazy eyes, and a vagina I’ll fully support her."
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