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1/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Is Ryan Reyes really the hottest guy in Blythe?
Ryan Reyes was crowned the 1st Mr. Blythe at the pageant held Friday night at the Palo Verde College Performing Arts Center.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For the record, some readers have misunderstood our intent in publishing this lampoon concerning Ryan Reyes being crowned Mr. Blythe. The pageant was designed to be a fun poke at the Miss Blythe Pageant, the contestants engaged in self-deprecating humor throughout the show, and the article is an exaggeration of what occurred that night, not a critique. We apologize to Ryan and those who may have been offended by it as it was never our intent to hurt anyone, especially Ryan. We truly appreciate what he has contributed to Blythe and have the utmost respect for Ryan and all the contestants who were able to make fun of themselves in order to raise money for the Miss Blythe program.

Is Ryan Reyes really the hottest man in town?

Despite his big win at the first ever Mr. Blythe pageant held last Friday night at Palo Verde College, a lot of people are saying "no" and questioning the vision of the judges.

"He should have never taken off his shirt," said a fellow competitor who critiqued Reyes fitness performance, noting that he wouldn't be qualifying for the Mr. Olympia contest any time soon.

Many thought Reyes answered the on-stage question wrong and, as musically talented as he is, it was Brendan Carrigan's piano performance of "Mary had a little lamb" that would have stolen the show had it been a Miss Blythe pageant.

Reyes even gave his rose to the wrong Miss Blythe during the formal wear competition, though he did pull off the perfect Fonzarelli-like thumbs-up pose prior to leaving the stage.

The controversy is raging though and a lot of folks are demanding a recount.

It looks like Reyes, or Mr. Blythe as he's demanding we all call him now, will be fighting the valley's many other controversial figures for front page coverage over the course of the next year, having to justify his being crowned the town's first Mr. Blythe.

All kidding aside, the Mr. Blythe pageant was hilarious and arguably one of the best shows ever put on in Blythe.

We congratulate Ryan Reyes for being named Mr. Blythe 2013 and all the contestants who participated to raise money for the Miss Blythe program.

We also congratulate Miss Blythe, Ariel Ramirez, who created and oversaw the fund-raiser along with pageant directors Derek and Mickey Copple.

Anyone who has ever attended a Miss Blythe or Miss Blythe Outstanding Teen pageant knows that these shows provide great entertainment and showcase some of the more talented ladies of our community. The addition of the Mr. Blythe pageant is another notch in the belt of pageant organizers and another night of quality entertainment for locals.

Be sure to go to pvvt.com and check out some of our videos of the event, including Reyes' performance.

And while we're on the subject of great Blythe entertainment, don't anyone forget to head out to the 26th Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival opening today at the Colorado River Fairgrounds.

The Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event will feature 11 bands of the highest caliber performing on two stages. The music begins each day at 9 a.m. so make it a point to be out there enjoying the great music.

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• Brendan Carrigan's talent performance at the 1st Mr.Blythe pageant

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Aj McKay

I'm just gonna say if the PVVT takes sides on issues all the time, and many times writing opinions that changes the opinions of it's readers, it's pretty hard not to get the wrong idea about what is written. It goes both ways. PVVT probably didn't mean to hurt anyone but at the same time do you blame the public for thinking the way they do?

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: What is wrong?

I am frankly appalled at all the (deleted)written here. We must learn to read and understand, rather than read simply to find an "angle" to rip apart. It's a shame. An article meant to be complimentary and also humorous and light has been transformed into an apportunity to spew hate and hostility - for NOTHING. Crap can be found ANYWHERE if you spend gargantuan efforts to find it. Lighten up, folks.

Site Administrator's note: A portion of this comment has been removed because it violated our Terms of use Agreement.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: former blythonian

Desert country folk, hehehe. ya'll are funny. It is exactly why I moved years ago never to return. I won't even say where I am from cause people laugh :-)

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Hollywood Agent

Interesting. A story is written, a controversy created, everyone rushes to the web to read the story, and while there they watch the video of Ryan's performance; a video they wouldn't have watched otherwise. A star is born. Make sure you spell his name right, pvvt.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Really People?

How amazing that a playful little story that actually congratulated Ryan Reyes, the contestants and the Miss Blythe program for a great performance, has turned into a hate forum for the many drama queens and kings of Blythe. Who knew there were so many among us in Blythe that can't read or correctly interpret what they read. That's what's sad!!!!

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Aj McKay

No disrespect to PVVT but it's your duty to make sure the public does not have a misunderstanding. Thus the term "edit". And it has been happening a lot lately. The public has been mislead by personal opinion by those close to the PVVT. I hope something good comes from this for everyone. :)

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Times Reader

I understand that this article was written in what was supposed to be humor, but sadly the humor was in poor taste. I loved the whole Mr. Blythe idea and I hope that this can become a new Blythe tradition. I definitely think that the guys who stepped up to help Miss Blythe deserve a whole lot more than this unfortunate depreciating humor. Very disappointed in the Times.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Deena Solis

Ok, so it was a joke, we get it and I'll be the first one to admit that I took it the wrong way... (For the person who asked if we will admit were wrong)... But that's family, & when you read something for two paragraphs that is nothing but negative you pretty much don't see anything else. Either way, I think what we the family and obviously more than half of the public are expressing is that pretty much the article started off with a bad choice of title first off, because yes my nephew/nephews are the HOTTEST guys in Blythe (just joking):) but the words too follow the title were not very well chosen either. We were looking for words like job well done, something that was positive not negative... That story is going to be a memory for my nephew to share with his children, grandchildren & on down the line to show what he did for the town of Blythe. Something to be proud of when they read it... It just didn't show that & people were disappointed. Above all else, Ryan, I am very proud of you and admire you for all you do, not only for the community but also for the inspiration you've been to my boys. Good job and congratulations!! I love you more than the moon & stars... Auntie Deena

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Lew Erskin

Everything, from the contest to the article was done in jestm plainly. It's really sad so many were offended. This could've been the start of a very funny Blythe tradition that very likely would have caused much needed positive notoriety for this small town. Too many Bah Humbugs in the crowd.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Aaron Lawson

The Times still doesn't get it. Yes, you said "All kidding aside"...but what needs to be realized is that these comments are distasteful. This kind of "Humor" is unfit for communal digestion, and a large group of upset people isn't the only reason why. I ask that this editorial be removed and a more appropriate piece be put in it's place. There are better and funnier ways to write about this event.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Ha ha this is funny. Even I, who people say that can't chew bubble gum and walk at the same time, knew that this was made in fun. This just shows how closed minded and bias this community is, that they refuse to see the other's point of view. Question, how many of you will acknowledged that you were wrong? Or will you just glare at the screen? Will others trust your judgment now? Just kidding. OK. The problem here is that we take ourselves to serious. give it a break.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Cesar Flores

Hey Cuzzo (mexican voice) "Chu had a Chexy Body EEEY!!!'. haha Love you man and good job on being the 1st Mr. Blythe. Shhhhhhhhh Ooooooooow!!!!!

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

Is Ryan really the hottest guy in town? Absolutely! In more ways than one. He is a shining example of how a single mom can raise a rock star. Not everyone is blessed with such a great kid so fortunately he lives here in OUR TOWN. Thank you Ryan for all you do and will continue to do for others.

I read this article as a joke from the moment I saw the title. Seriously people, get a grip. You guys should watch more comedy and lighten up. I thought this article was great and it lifted my spirits.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: fernando m.

I didn't see the competition just video clips, but Ryan was hilarious make people laugh to win their heart...

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