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The Biggest Faux Controversy Of The Year

By Wyatt Earp | April 21, 2009

<i>Miss California, Carrie Prejean</i>

Miss California, Carrie Prejean

It’s a real shame when political correctness gets in the way of hot babes in swimsuits. What the Hell is going on in beauty pageants today?

Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, but the big story to come out of the normally politics-free telecast was Miss California’s comments regarding gay marriage.

When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said “We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

If that’s her opinion, good for her. She showed true guts in expressing it on national television. A lot of people would have bowed to the p.c. pressure. Naturally, Prejean was summarily dismissed as a bigot and a homophobe. Shocka!

Oh, and before you ask, I don’t care one way or the other. There is a person in my family who is gay, and I love that person very much. I would back that person’s decisions 24 hours a day and 7 days a week - even though that person thinks I’m a homophobe. Eh, I’ve been called worse. If given the choice, I would much readily support civil unions before gay marriage, so I guess I am a homophobic right wing extremist. I won’t lose sleep over it.

Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells that he was “saddened” by Prejean’s statement.

“As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman,” said Lewis in a statement. “I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family.”

Lewis then probably said, “Unless, of course, those opinions and beliefs go against our liberal doctrines. Bush is the Devil!”

But Prejean told that she has “no regrets” and is happy with the answer she gave. (H/T - FOXNews)

In my opinion, if those are her deeply-held beliefs, she should have no regrets about expressing them. And she should certainly not change them because some California liberals want to bully her into doing so. Last time I checked, this was still America.

The fact that Prejean probably lost the crown because of her opinions on gay marriage shows that Lewis’ argument is completely hypocritical. Of course opinions on politics and religion have a place in the “Miss California family,” as long as they are the “right” opinions. And I can almost guarantee that Prejean will be disowned by that tight-knit “Miss California family” - when they take away her crown.

Well, if nothing else, this entire “controversy” got people talking about the Miss USA Pageant. No one has ever done that before. Besides, it also gave me the opportunity to post photos of Prejean in context.


Oh well, she’s a winner in my book.

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21 Responses to “The Biggest Faux Controversy Of The Year”

  1. Morgan Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I think I spotted Orwellian doublespeak in Lewis’s comment:

    “I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit.

    Don’t religions do that already? Unless he’s a complete idiot, why would he say that?

    By the way, nice picture of Miss California. Doesn’t she resemble Megyn Kelly of Fox News a little bit?

  2. MUD Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 9:30 am

    How does the concept of freedom of expression so elude the media? It is not illegal, immoral or fattening to have your own ideas about what is right and wrong. I wold much rather have people say the truth as they see it than some trumped up PC speech. It doesn’t hurt my feelings that she looks good in a swimsuit either. Hey, that’s my free speech poking out. MUD

  3. Doghouse Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:13 am

    And yet there’s no backlash on the judge who asked the question for calling her a b*tch.

  4. Randal Graves Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:14 am

    “How does the concept of freedom of expression so elude the media? ”

    It doesn’t. She gave her opinion, the media gave theirs; and the judges gave their opinion (and the title) to someone else. I didn’t see any of the media outlets banning the audio or video of her comments, did you?

    No one EVER said that she wasn’t allowed to say it. Some people were disappointed, expressing their opinions. I’m sure there were just as many people who praised her opinion.

    I’m glad she lost; these girls are so fake to begin with. The 1 and only thing she chooses to be “real” about and it costs here the biggest prize of her life. Bwhaahahahahahaha, sucker.

  5. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:46 am

    The contestants should have told ahead of time- “This is the Miss USA Pageant, no one is interested in what you really think, so just give us the most PC answers to the controversial questions we’ll be feeding you!” Problem solved.

    I’m more appalled that they have Perez Hilton as a judge.

  6. Jeffro Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Nice to see how tolerant, welcoming and forgiving the gay rights bunch is. Oh, wait….

  7. John D Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 11:42 am

    The correct answer to every question at the Miss USA pageant is “World Peace.” Everyone knows this.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Morgan - I didn’t notice that until you said it, but yes, she does. Mmm . . . Megyn Kelly!

    MUD - It’s the faux outrage that boggles my mind. They asked her question and she answered honestly. I guess they wanted her to tell them what they wanted to hear.

    Doghouse - Of course not. Perez Hilton is a toad amongst Hollywood toads, though. A true bottom feeder.

    Randal - The true shame is that if this were a job interview, she would have a huge lawsuit on her hands, and be laughing all the way to the bank. They discriminated against her because of her beliefs. Weak.

    Mrs. Crankipants - He was probably pissed because Carrie looks better in a bikini than he does.

    Jeffro - Well, at least they’re not hypocritical . . .

    John D - Either that or “Ron Paul.”

  9. C/A Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 12:52 pm


  10. Randal Graves Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “They discriminated against her because of her beliefs.”

    No they didn’t. It wasn’t a job interivew, it was a stupid pageant/popularity contest whose winner is based solely on judge’s opinion. That’s like saying the judges discriminated against Miss Wyoming because her hair was too dark or Miss Florida because she had a fat ass.

    I’m glad she lost; now she gets to go on all of these shows choosing to defend herself. You know what they call 2nd place?…the first loser. Yeah!

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Captain - I recognize your call of shenanigans!

    Randal - Sure they did. What would you call that? And I said that IF this had happened during something like a job interview. she would have a lawsuit. Since it is a stupid beauty pageant, she has nothing.

  12. joemama Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I’m guessing you haven’t seen the new nude shots of Jessica Biel, other wise she’d be on here instead of Miss Ca.

  13. The Girl You Don't Bring Home to Momma Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Although I thought she was plastic (I’m just jealous I don’t look like that) Your right GOOD FOR HER FOR GIVING WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE “HER” THOUGHTS ON GAY MARRIAGE. I don’t care one way or another either, I was actually excluded from my cousin’s union because he thought I didn’t approve.

  14. Jon Brooks Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Why couldn’t the judges at least don their Inquisitor robes to give her a clue on how to answer.

  15. Randal Graves Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “Flaming Perez Hilton said she didn’t win because of her answer.”

    Did they discriminate against Miss Florida because she was black? Her answer wasn’t good enough for the judges. The point is that it is not discrimination when you willingly enter a contest in which the outcome is solely based on opinions.

  16. K Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I dont think gay marriages should exist in the christian religion based on what I was brought up believing.

    However this is America, the land of the free and home of the brave! The government should at least give gay couples the same rights under the law as the non gay equivalents. They also need to stay out of peoples personal lives. Leave stuff like this up to the churches.

  17. The Griper Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    “The point is that it is not discrimination when you willingly enter a contest in which the outcome is solely based on opinions.”

    you just described a job interview.

  18. marvin Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    All I want to know is how a gay man or a straight woman can be a judge of a beauty pageant. I think this is why so many super models look like 12 year old boys, or why SJP is paraded around like a sex symbol.

    Why would Perez Hilton want to look at half naked girls anyway?

  19. Randal Graves Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 10:55 pm


    There’s one problem (as Wyatt pointed out), IT’S NOT A JOB INTERVIEW!

    If she was truly “discriminated” against, then let her sue. She lives in CA, she’s got a shot to win.

  20. C/A Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    So then there is only one RIGHT answer to this loaded question. One that only a supporter of gay marriage or someone who is willing to compromise their beliefs could possibly answer correctly. Therefore the contest is rigged.

    In that case the pageant and the questioner are intolerant of people of faith. It begs the question then as to why they would be solicited or allowed in, in the first place? Why do gay rights activists stage an open pageant and get upset when they get people with different viewpoints?

    Do gay’s actually think that they have a monopoly on opinion on the subject? Do they honestly expect millions of people who have a faith or morality based rejection of their lifestyle choice to just accept their point of view while they reject their’s out of hand and label them as homophobes?

    Now who’s living in fantasy land?

  21. The Griper Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 12:51 am

    you’re right it was not a job interview as we understand a job interview to be but i never said it was. i only pointed out that your description fit that of an job interview. and if what you said made sense then businesses should not be sued for discrimination either because everyone they judge as worthy of the job is based upon an opinion. and everyone who goes into that interview does so voluntarily.

    as for rather or not it could be actually be called a job interview is a subject for another discussion.