Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Miss California debate: Obscenities more acceptable than conservative views

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!

8 comments:

Teri said...

AMEN, Laura. Why can't those GL groups see the hypocrisy in this? Who is "Pea-brain Hilton" anyway? Can we boycott him? On Life and Lybberty has a good post on this as well.

dorothy said...

Hooray for you Laura. Very well said!
I've never heard of this Hilton guy, apparently I haven't missed anything.

Secular Heretic said...

Calling her a "stupid b***h" on TV, isn't that a hate crime?

Victoria said...
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Victoria said...

It is definitely hypocritical. But don't perpetuate it--just because someone who was offended by her views used obscenity doesn't mean that the cause he believes in is invalid. Recall also that Mr. Hilton is gay, and that her views are that he should not be able to marry, so some compassion should go out to him on that measure (though he reacted in an immature, inappropriate way). If someone told you that you should have no right to marry (even if they said you could have a civil union instead), you probably wouldn't be too happy either.

"Calling her a 'stupid b***h' on TV, isn't that a hate crime?"

I hope that you are joking. It's a first amendment right. Just because what he says doesn't agree with you doesn't mean he doesn't have a right to call her names in public media, just as you have every right to call him a "pea-brain" here.

Victoria said...

Also: The majority vote was exceptionally thin. I wouldn't call that a "very accurate" statement of where "California" lies on the issue.

Laura said...

Victoria, if anyone called Perez HIlton a "Stupid fag" (or worse), then you know they would be ridiculed by the media for being a bigot and a hater. Ordinary people who have done nothing worse than vote against gay marriage have been called those things and worse. I am just sick of the hypocrisy.

Fannie said...

I'm glad you share my view on pageants. :-)

I just want to iterate here that Perez Hilton does NOT speak for the LGBT community and many of us have spoken out against his commentary regarding Carrie Prejean. Perez Hilton is an immature celebrity blogger who is famous for being snarky and drawing male appendages over photos of celebrities.