Miss USA California Responds To Gay Marriage Question From Perez Hilton

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!

—Beetle Blogger



  1. Raytmimer said,

    April 21, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Apparently Perez Hilton has retracted his apology and went on to further rail on the beauty queen. See the video here if you can stomach it:


  2. beetlebabee said,

    April 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

    This guy is a judge? He ought to be thrown out. I’m no fan of Miss USA contests, but don’t they have standards?

  3. Bethany said,

    April 21, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Seriously, why is a gossip blogger a part of the Miss USA pageant? What exactly were his qualifications to be a judge, other than an obsession with celebrities? Good for the CA girl, for telling the truth. She shouldn’t have to lie to win the contest.

  4. Lisa Henson said,

    April 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

    God Bless you Miss Prejean. You dont need a “Miss USA” crown to have glory & honor. You have another crown that none will take away. Stand tall.

  5. mommyspy said,

    April 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Since when have we become afraid of hearing an opposing view? Can we not discuss our differences instead of attacking the person? Is Perez Hilton unable to defend his position on a controversial issue without name-calling? What I fear is a society that cannot tolerate differing viewpoints but would rather force compliance and homogenized thought.

  6. James R. said,

    April 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    So much for the thin facade of tolerance. It seems that every opportunity we get to peek under the gay activist mask, the picture is the same, no matter whose mask it is, the ugly truth is the same. Perez Hilton is no different. I suspect that is why he has become a natural leader in his sphere.

  7. beetlebabee said,

    April 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    True, any moment now we’re expecting the California Supreme Court to weigh in on the subject, it will be yet another opportunity to see the real face of the opposition. They’re already planning the demonstrations.

  8. Nomad said,

    April 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Perez Hilton is such a hypocrite… of course the question he asked was all about personal belief, just look at how he’s reacting

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