The 50th annual Dumper Truck Beauty Contest has been held in Mobile, Alabama, which aims to find "the purtiest rear-action dumpster in the world". The event has caused a certain amount of controversy, but protesters' attempts to disrupt it were foiled.
The contest was won by an 18-wheeler Chevrolet Kardashian called Lulubelle, who wore a polka-dot bikini in the final round. The runner up was a Mitsubishi Badonkadonk whose twerking routine wowed the crowds but who was let down by a flat tyre.
Critics have attacked the competition for its outdated attitude. Motor vehicle rights activist Germaine Gear said that beauty contests like these cheapen cars and reinforce the stereotype that they are nothing but objects of desire for men to stare at and drive around in. She has called for a complete ban on similar events in future.
Organiser Axel Grindr said that the contest was not anti-car at all, but that it celebrated the natural beauty of automobiles. He explained that the trucks were judged not just for their physical appearance, but also their personality, ease of driving, and their desire for world peace.
The protesters have vowed to return next year, but are hoping that they will avoid the humiliation they experienced this year. They were ejected from the contest on the backs of the very dumper trucks whose rights they were protesting about.