Well, it has made a lot of sound, so most people should know what am I talking of when I mention Miss Carrie Prejean. In case they don’t, here’s a quick excerpt:
Carrie Prejean was Miss California 2009, and she was the favorite to win the Miss USA Pageant. But, in one of the lasts round of questions, Perez Hilton asked her about her opinion about legalisation of gay marriage in all USA. The answer was (quoting Wikipedia):
“Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. You know what, in my country, in my family, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman.”
Lets see: Is it great to have the choice, but you think it should be only between a man and a woman?
Honestly, doesn’t make sense to me.
But then, everybody knows what’s next. She didn’t win and ended as runner-up. Everybody, starting with Perez Hilton himself, said that answer was the reason she lost the crown. And she in a sudden became the new Bigot Marthyr Poster Girl. Another copy here.
Actually, I said she didn’t lost her crown for what she believes, and we should think carefully before we say she lost because of what she said. We could say she lost because she stood on a certain political posture. Anybody could ask what’s the difference. I mean, everybody has the right to stand the political posture they believe on, right?
Well, yeah. But we are forgetting something: the question rounds in Miss USA Pageant are to evaluate the contestants in every way possible, to see if they fit or not the profile required for the winner. If they thought she didn’t fit because she lacked empathy or something else, well… that’s what pageant judges are for.
Imagine for a second she had said she believed global warming and ozone hole are hoaxes, and we shouldn’t care about CO2 emissions, CFC’s, energy wasting and so on. Would I have to post this? Not at all. Everybody would agree such an answer would worth the de-qualification. Or at least, the loss of many points.
Marriage is the same, just with a more delicate issue, and one where there isn’t the same level of agreement there is for environment care. O.K, I admit it, one where there isn’t any level of agreement. But, just as Carrie Prejean has the right to stand for her beliefs, don’t the judges have the same right? If they think being opossite to gay marriage shows a personality less desirable to become Miss USA, we should grant them the same right Carrie Prejean had. She could express her beliefs, while being broadcasted to national audience. Don’t the judges have the right to express their beliefs through their votes?
Now, that’s one thing. Another is jump, insult Prejean (who, in fac, expressed her views in a sincere and respectful way, and both things are pretty respectable) and call her “Dumb Bitch” like Hilton did. It’s not playing fair. We can argue with her, ideas against ideas and not people against people. She looked like someone reasonable enough to talk to her about the issue. Insulting doesn’t lead to anything.
The funny thing is that most of the storm created after this… wasn’t caused by Prejean at all. It was caused by Hilton and some other gay supporters in one side, and NOM and NOM-like organizations in the other. That’s senseless and useless.
(I won’t talk about her topless photos. Even if they show her lack of coherence, it would be an Ad hominem attack)
Just one las thing: She said she was proud with her decission, didn’t regret her statements, and yet felt like a winner. Could we, please, leave it as it is?