Miss Politically Correct USA04.22.09
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.