As the word of this has spread I have been in touch with many folks who have made MIR part of their routine every year. One thing we all seem to agree on is that this occurrence should not overshadow MIR as a whole. While the contest is important and very serious to those who are involved as contestants, judges, and organizers; for most of the people who come for MIR weekend it is secondary to the real reason we all get together on a cold weekend in November.
The real reason we all come to MIR (or IML, MAL etc...) is for the comradie, the acceptance, the reuniting with old friends, and the creating of new friendships ... and maybe even to meet future husbands (it's happened).
Oh yeah, also for the sex. But who am I kidding here? ;-)
All the contestants graciously understood the situation. These contestants are examples of what our community is truely about. The overall value of their MIR experience has not changed, and despite this mistake neither should anyone elses. Mistakes happen. We learn from them and move on to the future while remembering the things that are really important - embracing our kink, accepting our friends, being there for each other, and making sure that our community thrives.
(Many thanks to those who gave their input and help me with this post.)
All of us at Mr. International Rubber regret(s) to announce that upon a review of the scoring worksheets from this year's contest - which occurred on the evening of Monday, November 10, 2008 - we discovered that an error was made when tallying the scores.
We deeply regret this error and have contacted the four primarily effected contestants prior to sending this email.
Once the score tabulation was corrected, the results for Mister International Rubber 2009 were found to be as follows:
- Stephane Donaldson, Montreal
- Rubberbuck, Phoenix
- Rocco, Chicago
- Yann, Paris
- Mister International Rubber 2009, Stephane Donaldson
- 1st Runner-up, Rubberbuck
- 2nd Runners up, to both Rocco & Yann
Truly, these four individuals have each demonstrated they are worthy of representing their communities locally and globally. Please join us in thanking and supporting these men as they each continue to represent the rubber community in the months and years ahead.
We thank you for your understanding.
With deepest apologies,
MIR Contest/Cell Block Owner