I don't watch pageants - I have always thought they were demeaning to women, in spite of the whole scholarship spin. But after all the outcry about Miss California's answer to Perez Hilton's question in the recent Miss America pageant, I confess I did watch that short clip on Utube. Miss California (Carrie Prejean, a college student and conservative Christian) was asked how she feels about same-sex marriage, and although she was the front-runner for the crown, her answer so disgusted Perez Hilton, a flamboyantly gay judge, that he gave her a zero, which effectively took away the crown. He gave her a zero score because he didn't like her opinion, not because she lost her poise or answered stupidly, like contestants have done in the past (anyone who has received a low grade in high school on a well-written essay that goes against the teacher's opinion can understand the unfairness of this!). Then he went on to write about Miss California on his website, calling her a "stupid b***h". Miss California is being maligned for expressing her opinion in response to a totally inflammatory question (don't ask it if you can't handle the answer), yet Perez Hilton can call a woman an obscene and demeaning name, and no one is saying one word against him in the media. From this, I can only conclude that in our society today, it is more acceptable to publicly bully a woman than it is for that woman to exercise her 1st Amendment right. There is something fundamentally wrong with that. And the GLBT community is trying to tell us that this is all about equal rights. This treatment of Miss California takes the Women's Movement back a century. Perez Hilton is advocating the removal of a woman's right to speak her mind. And as a woman, and a native, tax-paying, voting Californian, I find that reprehensible.
In addition, Perez Hilton would do well to remember that same sex marriage was banned by a majority of California votes. Which means that Miss California's beliefs represent our state very accurately!
Carrie Prejean, I applaud you! Don't listen to all noise in the media - and be assured that there are many of us who agree with your beliefs and support you!
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