Miss North Carolina won the Miss USA pageant. However, Miss California grabbed the headlines with her comments on gay marriage. I do not watch these pageants and I don't know the processes which they go through to reach one level or the next. After reading about this, however, I discovered that politics rarely plays a part in these pageants.
On this night though, one of the judges asked her a political question. The judge was an openly gay gossip blogger. He told her that Vermont had recently become the fourth state to support gay marriage and he wanted to know if she supported gay marriage and why or why not.
An openly gay judge, asks a question about gay marriage. His question was about his lifestyle and what he's chosen for himself. That sounds like an agenda to me. When he said that Vermont had recently become the fourth state to support gay marriage, there was a smattering of cheers and whoops. If you watch it on youtube, you'll hear the cheers. Not overwhelming but quite noticeable.
Miss California, Carrie Prejean, then gave her answer. She 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."
Following her answer, you could hear the same smattering of boos begin, but then there is clearly much more applause drowning out the boos.
The interesting thing is what was said afterwards. Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition said that he was 'saddened" by Miss Prejeans's response. He said in a 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."
Mr. Lewis, you sir, are a stupid stupid man. You have no business running a competition. Miss Prejean did not mention religion. In fact, she was closer to talking about freedom in this country than she got to religion. Notice her words, sir. "We live in a land where you can choose same sex marriage or the opposite. " That sounds like freedom to me. Sure, her English wasn't the best, but I'm willing to forgive a little slip in the language when you have a 19 or 20 year old girl standing up on a stage in front of many people in the hall, but millions more watching on television. I wouldn't care if she was a 40 year old woman. Apparently, you aren't concerned about her sentence structure either because you didn't mention that in your comments.
She concludes by saying, "No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised." Again, is that religion or is it just the moral beliefs of her family without church? Even if it was due to religion, there is only one thing that I can ask. SO WHAT? But I don't have to ask that because there is nothing in her statement to indicate it's a religious belief, nor a religious statement.
Mr. Lewis, if you're going to whine about politics, you should be whining at the judge. Did you select him to be a judge? The judge is the one that injected politics by saying that Vermont had just recognized gay marraige.
The Co-director of the California competition also made a comment. Shanna Moakler said she supports Mr. Lewis' statement. So there are two directors of the California pageant that are stupid, stupid people.
The judge who asked the question also had a comment for Miss Prejean and her statement. He called her a blonde bitch. It's apparent that this judge is biased. I assume that his vote went against her because of her answer to his question. It's only a natural assumption when he's quoted calling her names because of her answer. He was wrong to ask a question where he has an agenda. He was wrong to ask that question if he didn't like one of the answers before knowing what the answer was going to be. He was wrong to be a judge on that panel. I have purposely not mentioned his name because I feel he is not worthy. If you want to know who he is, you can look him up on youtube.
It seems that the Directors of the California competition are not concerned about the girls beliefs that enter their contests, but they are more concerned that the girls give the politically correct answer. Mr. Lewis and Miss Moakler should resign their posts. They have no business being involved in a competition where they believe that individuality is not part of the competition. They seem to want something akin to a Stepford Wife in their competitions and nothing else.
Miss Prejean also had a quote following the competition. She said she had no "regrets" and is "happy" with her answer.
I always thought that these beauty pageants were nothing more than dumb women that had magnificent bodies and were being rewarded for being lucky enough to be born prettier than most. There have been several that we've heard about over the years who fit that bill. However, Miss Carrie Prejean, answered a question asked of her, without any malice, and she answered it honestly, and acknowledged those that disagree with her position without being mean, cutting or dismissive.
The class act in that event was Miss California. The people that cheered for the Vermont issue, then booed because someone dared to disagree with them, the judge that asked the question and the two co-directors showed the lack of class that they are burdened with. Here's a hint for those of you that don't like someone to voice an opinion when asked. Don't ask if you can't tolerate differing opinions.
Miss North Carolina may have won on the merits of the entire competition, but Miss California was sabatoged by a gay judge and a great injustice was done to her by the directors of the California competition and they should immediately resign. I will happily look for them at the fast food window when they complain because I want french fries with my cheeseburgers.
Carrie Prejean may not have won the competition, but she certainly won the FREEDOM contest.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYV1aBDH7cA
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