Crown of Controversy

Miss California
Mom called me this morning with a Pop Feminista posting that just can’t wait. If you haven’t heard about the debutante debacle here’s a link to the Fox News account of Miss California, Carrie Prejean’s controversial answer to the question about her opinion on gay marriage during the Miss USA competition on Sunday.Fox News article

Miss California, Oh My!!!

“We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage.  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 this is how I was raised.”

Did Miss California’s answer cost her the Miss USA Crown??  With Miss USA judge Perez Hilton asking the question, my guess would be, yes.  Her statement “No offense to anybody” doesn’t mean that she didn’t offend gay men and women, their families, friends and people who believe that the Constitution gives every American basic civil liberties.  Did Miss California have the right to speak her mind?  You’re darn right she did!  Just as the judges had the right to protect the image that Miss USA wants to project. If Miss California wanted to argue free speech rights, beauty pageants aren’t the forum she should have been seeking. Where, oh where were her handlers!!!
And excuse me, Miss North Carolina (Kristen Dalton) is not chopped liver.

Miss North Carolina
Miss North Carolina

She wants to be a motivational speaker and I bet she would have batted that question out of the ballpark.
And its not as if Miss North Carolina isn’t daring in her own right.  As she stated “Who ever knew you could win in a turquoise gown.” But not to worry, Miss California will makes lots of money giving speeches to right wing conservative groups; Miss North Carolina gets to travel and wear a bright shining crown and, as in all fairy tales, they’ll live happily ever after!


I think Mom is right on this one. On the one hand, yes, Miss California is entitled to her opinion and has every right to express that opinion. Furthermore, in her defense, Perez Hilton questioned her on her “belief” in gay marriage which seems to be a question about her personal beliefs which she answered honestly.

Would you ever do that in a job interview? Of course not, and that’s what this entire competition is, an interview in bikini and heels for the job of Miss USA. To serve as the representative of, well, I guess all that is shining and beautiful in pageants of the USA, one must represent all the people. As Shanna Moakler so eloquently points out “She lost the crown because she wasn’t able to convey compassion for ALL the people that as MISS USA she would be representing. And if you like it or not, gays and lesbians make up this country as well.”

Shanna Moakler\’s take on it

And here’s what one of the judges, Alicia Jacobs, had to say…

Miss California whiffed her job interview in a big, big way. The real issue here, of course, is gay marriage and the fact that regardless of one’s personal beliefs the right to civil union is a civil liberty and should not be infringed upon by the government in any way. This controversy may open up another public forum for the discussion of equal rights, and make no mistake, that’s the central issue of gay marriage, and that would be a very good outcome for Carrie, Kristen and the USA.



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