When Perez Hilton called Miss California a “stupid bitch”, the media should have stressed the adjective.
Carrie Prejean, commonly referred to as Miss California, became the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant. Prejean has repeatedly dissed the newly-crowned Miss USA, (the lovely Miss North Carolina) with her insistence that she would have won the crown if she hadn’t been “honest”; i.e., if she hadn’t told the crowd she doesn’t think gay people should be allowed to get married.
Problem is, Judge Perez Hilton didn’t ask her if she believed gays should be allowed to marry. He asked her if she thought the states should follow Vermont’s lead and make gay marriage legal.
Perez asked Carrie,
“Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
It isn’t a hard question, but Miss C got it wrong right from the start.
“Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage …”.
Let’s repeat that, shall we?
“… we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage…”.
No, Carrie, we don’t. That’s the basis of the question: Americans do NOT have the right to choose who they marry. Americans who live in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont have the right to choose who they marry, but the rest of the country does not provide the “great” freedom you say they have. Perez Hilton asked if you feel that right should be extended to the rest of Americans. He didn’t ask how you feel about marriage, he asked how you feel about equality.
Here’s Miss Prejean’s full answer:
“Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and in, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Carrie said to a mix of boos and applause. “No offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think that it should be between a man and a woman.”
In the following link, you can attempt to piece together Miss C’s “divine intervention”. (Hint: it involves her mega-church pastor, two planes to New York, Proposition 8, and her newfound evangelical fame.)
In the lovely state of Alabama (that’s where JFK had to send the National Guard, because their governor refused to allow black kids into “white schools”), the government has been busy governing: House approves resolution praising Miss California