Carrie Prejean, the California representative to the Miss USA pageant may have hurt her chance at the “Miss USA” title in standing for what she believed in during a question and answer session with a blogger Sunday Night.
“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.” —FoxNews
Representatives from the pageant expressed their dismay at her answer, and the fallout predictably hit hard as Carrie Prejean, acknowledged front runner for the title, came away with runner up in the contest. Carrie says she believes what she believes, and wouldn’t change her answer even if given the chance.
Interesting question isn’t it? Especially for a California contestant? What is Perez Hilton doing at a beauty pageant anyway?
The thing that strikes me about this controversy is the way some would homogenize all public speech, labeling categories of what is or isn’t approved. We are a wide and diverse nation, with room for many opinions and views.
In a video blog posted Sunday night, he called Prejean “a dumb b—-.” He later apologized. It is interesting that a gay activist supposedly calling for “tolerance” would have so little of that tolerance for someone else.
“It did cost me my crown,” Prejean said of her response on Monday’s Billy Bush Show. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that’s all I can do.”
“It is a very touchy subject and [Hilton] is a homosexual and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would’ve wanted me to be more politically correct,” she added. “But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything.” —US Magazine
This young woman stood up for what she believed, even though she most certainly knew it would cost her dearly. She should be applauded.
“That’s what’s so great about being an American – we’re able to have our own opinions.”
Kudos Miss Prejean!