Way To Go Miss California!

Miss California 2009Okay. So, I should confess to you that I love beauty pageants! Why? Hmm…maybe because I will never be in one, or because the contestants look like barbies, or just because I love the glamor (make-up, evening gowns, and shoes).  Anyway, I always wait for the impromptu questions the 5 finalist are asked.  This year, in Miss USA 2009, each finalist had to choose a card which indicated the judge that would asked her the question.  Some answered so-so, another fit the traditional pageantry icon of  “I want world peace.”  (Please, we all want world peace, but where do you stand on the real issues that involve world peace such as politics, hunger, crime, and the corporate world?).

But, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was bold.  Her question was asked by Perez Hilton (a 24/7 same-sex marriage supporter).  I loved that she took a stand on her beliefs on national television.  It might not have been the most eloquent or savvy response to keep EVERYONE happy, but it was what she believed.  I think it took guts.  Hilton had some nasty remarks about that later that night calling her a “dumb bitch”.  Prejean came in first place. Here’s how the question-response portion went last night on live TV:

Hilton: Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?

Prejean: I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman.

According to Gutierrez, Perez apologized for his remark because he was furious.  Apparently, Miss California should have bent her belief system and anwered according to who was judging to get a better chance of winning.  What does that say about us as a culture?  That we should compromise who we are, what we believe in, and reduce our integrity to pleasing the crowd as long as it is to the benefit of winning?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eliastucker
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 22:05:15

    I completely agree, well stated! I wrote one on the same subject…Thanks for the vantage point 😉

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    • kingsview
      Apr 21, 2009 @ 02:54:03

      It is an irony that someone looses the crown because she/he exercises their right to freely express their belief. Is not that the reason why “America” (well, our founding fathers) rebelled against the crown of England? …the right to freely express, WITHOUT persecution, one’s own belief system…

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  2. Reba
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:33:15

    Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, deserved to win. She answered ALL of her questions articulately and with poise.

    I watched the entire pageant, and there was NO COMPARISON between Kristen Dalton and ANY of the other women that were running against her.

    Who cares about Perez Hilton? He’s a wacko, but so is anyone that thinks that Carrie Prejean deserved to win. She can barely speak let alone be the spokesperson for a national pageant.

    Carrie Prejean, SHOULD be stripped of her runner up status if she really has been lending her name to political organizations now. This wasn’t part of her platform and is an embarrassment to the Miss USA pageant. It goes against the contract that she signed before competing.

    If she wants to become a national spokesperson against homosexual marriage, she should have that right, but she should not be doing it as a representative of the Miss USA pageant.

    The “semi-nude” pictures are not really an issue as far as I can see. They look like those “phone sex” shots that appear in the newspapers with captions like “call real women in your area”. They might be a little risque, but they are not the reason she should lose her runner up title.

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  3. kingsview
    May 18, 2009 @ 15:06:18

    Reba,

    Sorry I am just replying to your comment (these past days have been chaotic). Thank you for visiting.

    I agree on the what you say regarding her getting stripped from runner ONLY if she is acting against a SIGNED contract because it is important for a person to keep their word. I don’t think she wants to become a national spokesperson against homosexual marriages. She was asked a “moral based” question which demanded a moral based answer. And morals are subject to personal convictions or decisions.

    -Cruz

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