This might be one of those superficial “who cares?” stories, if not for the fact that this strikes at the core of culture and society.
I could care less about the Miss America pageant. But what I’ve found appalling is the media pile-on assumptions that equates the issue of gay marriage to the civil rights movement for the 21st century. It’s the new “good fight”; and if you stand opposed to gay marriage, then you must be a cultural neanderthal equivalent to racists who stood against the equal rights of blacks and other ethnic minorities.
I’ve also found it disgusting how the liberal do-gooders lack the ability to perceive themselves for the intolerant moral narcissists they are.
There’s an inconsistent disconnect between the reasons Perez Hilton is saying Carrie Prejean lost the Miss America crown, and how he then goes on to shout “bravo” for each contestant, official, or celebrity who makes a political statement in support of gay marriage.
Perez Hilton says Miss California Carrie Prejean gave “the worst answer in Pageant history”. He claims she lost not because she doesn’t believe in gay marriage, but because “she’s a dumb b*tch” for not saying something along the lines of “…that’s a hot topic now, and I think that that’s a question that each state should decide for themselves ’cause that’s how our forefathers designed our government.”
I’m calling him out on his BS. He didn’t like her opinion, period. If she had expressed a personal opinion in support of gay marriage, would he have taken her to task for not giving the politically neutral answer? Of course not.
Miss North Carolina now IS Miss America. So, as someone who’s supposed to be a voice of unity and not political division, supposedly, note how Perez Hilton highlights this comment of hers regarding the hot-button issue:
“The beautiful thing about America is that we have the right to choose, we have the right to choose what partner we want to love, commit and spend the rest of our lives with. I think that all couples should be able to be recognized legally, and they should be able to enter into a union. Whether or not it should be defined as marriage, I don’t know, I’ll leave that up to the politicians.“
So how is that answer not divisive? How is it compassionate toward those who believe the institution of marriage should be between one man and one woman? Hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty, anyone?
Another judge, btw, also denounced Miss California for having a personal opinion that doesn’t reflect the elitist, morally snob “progressive” world view. By way of Perez Hilton:
Now, one of our fellow judges, journalist Alicia Jacobs, herself a former Miss Nevada, is speaking out on her blog about why Miss California’s answer sucked so much and the drama that has ensues.
Some of the HIGHlights of what she says:
– Since Sunday night’s pageant, I have been inundated with people wanting to know how Miss California’s answer to Perez Hilton’s question affected my final judging. I can tell you that it GREATLY affected me & the final score I gave Carrie Prejean. I can reveal that throughout the live telecast, I LIKED Miss California, but I certainly was not overly impressed by her. Throughout the competition, I gave her very good scores. (truth be known, I was probably most impressed by MISS TENNESSEE, but unfortunatly,she did not make it past the top 10…oh well, to each his own.)
– Interestingly, of the 5 judges who asked questions, Perez was the only one who had written his own question…& when I asked him what his question was, he would not reveal it, telling me he wanted to keep it secret, but that it had been approved by [Miss USA President] Paula Shugart & the producers. So of course, when Miss California selected Perez, I couldn’t wait to hear the question. HOOOOOOLLY COOOOOW!
– To be fair, the beginning of Prejean’s answer was ok…but, she made the mistake of not knowing when to shut her mouth. As she continued to speak, I saw the crown move further & further away from her. When she finished, she looked strangely proud for a moment. Personally, I was STUNNED on several levels. First, how could this young woman NOT know her audience and judges? Let’s not forget that the person asking the question is an openly gay man, at least 2 people on the judges panel are openly gay. Another judge has a sister in a gay marriage. Her very own state pageant director, KEITH LEWIS is an openly gay man who has been a very generous benefactor of hers…in many ways. Did I mention I was STUNNED? I was also personally insulted & hurt.
– Remembering that we were on live television, I actually recall having to close my wide-opened mouth, I then looked over to Perez, who was seated right next to me, he was just shaking his head, he actually seemed a bit hurt? Then came the very loud booing in the theatre, followed by “a word from our sponsors.”
– During the commercial break, fellow judges, Perez, Shandi Finessey (Miss USA 2004) & I spoke, we were all shocked by what we had just heard. (I tweeted as much too ) we came back from the commercial, & now, it was the moment of truth. This was the moment where we had to assign that all-important final ranking…1 thru 5. Yes, I struggled, prior to her final question, Miss California was not my pick for Miss USA, but I would have chosen her as 1st runner-up. My final ranking for Miss California was 4th runner-up…& if I could have made her 51st runner-up, I would have.
– Please understand, that as a journalist, I am passionate about freedom of speech, however, I am also passionate about the importance of compassion & humanity, & that we should ALL have the right to love & share our lives with WHOMEVER we chose. If Carrie Prejean is against gay marriage, she certainly has that right, but, if it was her intention to be MISS USA (and I think it was) why not answer that question with diplomacy & heart? Sometimes, (pageants & politics, to name a few) we have to be mindful of using a platform in a hurtful way,
So, pose a political question to a contestant, and they should straddle the fence and answer “present”?
Hilton on the Early Show:
“A very simple way she could have answered it is, ‘as a future Miss USA, it is my job not to be a politician, but to be someone who represents and inspires the women and the troops, and I think it’s great that the states get to decide for themselves.’
“Something like that, she would not have had to insert her own personal politics into it,” he said. “And I’m not saying it’s bad to insert your own personal politics. But you have to answer the question as Miss USA, not as Carrie Prejean.”
And this is absolute self-deluded rubbish. Make no mistake, these progressive malcontent “holier-than-thou” moralists aren’t appalled because of Prejean having an opinion and expressing it, but because she has “the wrong” opinion…and expressed it. And get a load of this bit of bloviating on the Early Show by former Miss USA and Miss USA pageant co-director, Shanna Moakler (who is also one of the heads of the California pageant):
“I have to applaud her that she was willing to miss out on the opportunity of being Miss USA, to stay true to her convictions,” she said. “But, on the same token, I think she muddied the waters a little bit by making – just by her question was insensitive. And it’s now become more about compassion, being compassionate in the way that she answered her question.”
How was Prejean’s answer “insensitive” and non-compassionate:
“I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other; but in my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
And they say it’s the right who are oppressing dissent and free speech and expressing an opinion? While claiming that they are for championing diversity of opinion?
As her state director, Moakler added: “I want it to be known and be clarified that we’re not abandoning her and we don’t hate her. But it puts us in a difficult situation because we do have a difference of opinion.
Reminder to Moakler, one of the ones who heads the California pageantry: Californians in the MAJORITY voted “yes” on Prop 8. I’d say YOU are the one with a difference of opinion from mainstream Californians.
“And we also have sponsors, and people that have supported her and helped get her to where she was standing on that stage, that I think there’s now become a sense of betrayal. So it’s just, you know, that’s why I’m saying it’s become a topic of sensitivity, and she needed to answer her question with more compassion.”
Dennis Prager and Perez Hilton on Larry King Live:
I think Prager came off very well; and even Perez wasn’t as obnoxious as he’s otherwise been.
Perez, of course, blogged it.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.
Miss USA, not Miss America. Other than that, good post. How dare a young middle class Christian white woman have an opinion anyway! Maybe Trump will rethink what kind of judges his pageant uses.
OK, put me in the didn’t watch, wouldn’t watch and who cares category. I will look at the bathing suit film later.
“Then came the very loud booing in the theatre, followed by “a word from our sponsors.” ”
Actually, that’s not true. I’ve heard the comment by Miss California played a couple of times now, and the audience applauded her.
“Let’s not forget that the person asking the question is an openly gay man, at least 2 people on the judges panel are openly gay. Another judge has a sister in a gay marriage. Her very own state pageant director, KEITH LEWIS is an openly gay man who has been a very generous benefactor of hers…in many ways.
” Did I mention I was STUNNED?”
I don’t know if you did, Miss Whoever, but I sure am. I’ve never watched the Miss Anything contest, but why in heck is there such a preponderance of homosexual judges in a contest that is plainly clearly openly heterosexual in origin?
Ok…let me guess…they want to make sure there’s no sexual bias??? no hanky panky?
I give up…!!
gays judging Miss USA is like Bart Simpson judging a MENSA contest.
you also have to consider that a “judge” personally lambasted a contestant by calling her a bitch, and then in the fake apology, calling her a c**t. I can’t imagine the fake-named Perez Hilton ever being allowed back in any capacity with the event again.
There’s a difference? 😀
Never seen a single pageant. Sorry ’bout that.
bill, then you totally missed the point of the post. I didn’t watch it either and have no interest in it, other than the incident that speaks about our culture and changes in attitude.
Way to stand up against the demonization by stereotype with some demonizing stereotyping.
Fighting Fire with Fire FTW!!!
The sooner we all realize the entire “gay marriage” thing is really about power, the better. After all, if it were really about “equal rights”, (which isn’t true anyway being that every gay person has an “equal right” to marry one of the oppposite sex), those same “equal rights” would have to apply to all human life, including life in the womb and the petri dish. I always wonder why I never see that question thrown back at them when they bring up the “rights under the founding fathers.”
As for Trump, he’s loves publicity, good or bad, so except MORE of this next year (for the one person reading who may actually watch Miss USA).
I do have to say though, in the interview with Perez and Prager, I sensed a genuine sadness in Hilton, despite his often “bully tactics.” Dennis Prager is always a fair guy, and like many of us, really does have respect for the gay person “as a person.” I’m sure Hilton sensed that, which is why he didn’t go into his usual ugliness. After all, it will be the Dennis Pragers of the world who, in time, will be the only real friends the gay person has left standing, along with the faithful religious, (Catholic Church being one), in supporting and loving them when the rest of the world has used them up.
Honestly, I think this whole thing is beyond sad; none the less, could be used powerfully in “teaching moments.” If we are really honest, we all know the entire “gay movement” is a well calculated move (one of many) from the left to destroy the family, consequently, America.
It’s a stupid question to ask. Who cares about their opinions – it’s a beauty contest. The only thing the judges should care about is what they look like.
I don’t believe Perez didn’t know Miss Calif goes to a Christian school. This was a set up!!!!!!
First, I didn’t watch the telecast but they never introduced the contestants like they do for Miss America mentioning what school they go to? Please. It’s all about the scholarships.
Second, he knew he was going to be a judge and he didn’t look up his own state’s contestant while he sat at the coffee shop and drew coke on a pic of Moakler?
Third, as stated and confirmed above, only Perez asked his own question and it was approved by the pageant director who certainly knew she attended a Christian school.
Fourth, self promotion. What would be the continued interest if the contestant had said they agree with gay marriage? None. Nothing for Perez to blog about or hate on. Nothing for Trump to push the franchise.
Shameless media manipulation.