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Miss Politically Correct USA

04.22.09

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I was in Kentucky this morning so there should come as no surprise that the TV at our breakfast joint was set to Fox News.  I honestly haven’t watched that channel more than a combined hour or less in my lifetime, as long as you don’t count all the times I’ve watched O’Reilly get owned on YouTube.  There’s just no point.  I don’t like tabloids and that’s all it is.

Since it was the only thing on, I did catch about a half hour of “news,” including one segment that consisted of the Miss USA runner-up, Miss California Carrie Prejean.  Apparently she feels that she unjustly lost the crown because she responded to a question from Perez Hilton saying she didn’t agree with same sex marriage.  And she’s not just going on all the news outlets to complain.

Turns out Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin thinks that Prejean has a lawsuit on her hands.  Since her response involved her religious beliefs – and that she lost because of those specific beliefs (allegedly) – Colwin argues that due to a code in the pageant rules that forbids discrimination on the basis of religion, Prejean could be seeing payday after all.

The absurd thing is that she thinks she’s being discriminated against because she believes that same sex marriage should be illegal, which (sadly) is still the predominate majority line of thought throughout the country – although, that’s changing more and more each day.  Granted, Hilton is a gay man and probably had a personal issue with her response, but isn’t that the nature of these pageants?  That contestant last year who infamously responded unintelligibly about Americans’ lack of cartological fortitude as being due to our lack of maps lost the contest and I’m sure it had something to do with her absurd answer.  Isn’t the point of asking these questions a way to select a winner?  If her answer ended up not pleasing the judges enough to the point where it lost her the crown, is it really any different than any other answer?  These aren’t exactly right or wrong responses.  They are open-ended and allow the contestant to showcase her own personality, intelligence, and opinions through her answers.

Maybe Prejean just lost.  Fair and square.  Well, as fair and square as is possible in the extremely judgemental world of beauty pageants.  If she was so clearly the frontrunner going into that question, it should have taken a lot more than just one judge to dislike her response for her to lose the competition.  That must not have been the case.  Had Hilton’s vote been what turned the favor over to the other girl, Prejean must’ve been teetering on the edge anyway.  In which case, one of them was going to lose and one of them was going to win and it came down to that last question anyway.  Regardless of the topic or the subject matter.  Maybe if the question had been different she would’ve won.  But maybe Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton just answered her question better and won over all of the judges.

Prejean is allowed to have her own personal views.  She has that right.  But that doesn’t mean she should have the crown.  Or a huge lawsuit payday.

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7 comments

  1. Although I wholly disagree with her views, I think she has a case. She should be entitled to her religious beliefs, and those should not be the determinative factor in the pageant, no matter how ridiculous pageants are to begin with. Perez Hilton is a hack and attention whore who asked that question to attract more publicity to his blog (its ironic that you speak of tabloids when Hilton’s blog is nothing but a tabloid). I think this entire episode shows why Prop 8 won – the pro-gay marriage campaign is so elitist that they don’t make a convincing argument to change people’s minds who are on the fence. Instead, they are elitist about it and basically say you’re an imbecile if you don’t agree with us. That’s not effective, and the gay community needs to rethink their approach on this issue.


    • The problem is that there’s no real way to definitively determine that it was her religious beliefs that caused her the crown. She is entitled to her religious beliefs. And if she’s there to win over the judges with her personality and looks, and her personality rubs one or more of the judges the wrong way compared to another contestant, then so be it. Finally, if that comment really did clearly cost her the contest, and Perez Hilton’s vote was the deciding factor, than he voted based on his own personal reaction to her statement, not to her religious beliefs. Who knows what religion she practices? I’m sure it’s some sort of Christianity but there are many different forms within that realm. Hilton didn’t have a beef with her religion so much as her one view on the issue of same sex marriage, which is a social and civil contract, not just a religious one. A lot can be said about the failings of anti-Prop 8 movement and a lot has been learned now on how to be more effective. The reality is that this isn’t just the gay community versus the non-gay communities and that’s where you are very wrong. There are plenty of heterosexuals who are in favor of same sex marriage because it’s not about religion or sexual preference; it’s about equality for all citizens.


  2. As a law student I can tell you there is no legal basis for a case. No one stripped her of a right, she was not injured through losing the crown. If she has a case, then every other contestant there can claim they have a case as well. It’s my understanding that the eventual winner was ahead of her point wise through evening gown and swimsuit. The only reason this is an issue is because the question was relevant to current political discourse in the country. I agree she was entitled to her belief but she was wholly inarticulate in expressing those beliefs—“opposite marriage”, and the bit about how people in this country can choose between same-sex and “opposite” marriage shows she woefully uninformed. Had she been articulate, eloquent, and artful with her comment I may be more sympathetic. This is Miss USA though, and she should paint a broad stroke and be inclusive of all of the USA not just some. There are ways to answer that question respectfully and without injecting personal belief. This girl needs to accept that she didn’t win, that someone was better than her and gave a better answer. For her to claim she lost the crown is silly, since she didn’t have it to begin with. It’s a competition there will be losers.

    As to the comment about pro-gay marriage activists being elitists, it’s not elitism at all. There is a minority population in this country that is being asked to forgo rights that are guaranteed to all Americans. It’s undemocratic for the majority, who enjoys the unenumerated right to marry, to vote to make that right an exclusive right. Gay Americans have been subjected to accepted discrimination through hate crimes, gay-bashing, and homophobia. They’ve been told if “they’re asked, do not tell”. It is paradoxical that a democracy that portends to value and honor the voice of the minority would choose to deprive, and in the case of California strip, unenumerated rights from some but not all citizens due to sexual orientation. Heterosexuals have vaulted themselves to a paternalistic position of privilege. If anyone is acting elitist it is those who enjoy a right yet to seek to deprive others.


    • Thank you for the well thought out response. Makes me wish I had gone to law school after all. If nothing else to just be able to better articulate my arguments.


  3. Your blog is turning into something special. Losing gracefully is pretty rare these days.


    • Thanks, man. And as always, thanks for reading. Hopefully now that Obama is in office, it has marked a switch to people being able to admit they’re wrong. Or that they lost fair and square. Maybe we should focus on sports more than we do after all.


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