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Political Correctness hits Miss USA   April 21st, 2009
Apparently millennia of tradition is now controversial       

 
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Political correctness and social liberalism have once against been demonstrated, now at the Miss USA pageant. Miss California was asked about her stance on gay marriage, and her answer that marriage is between a man and a woman is being portrayed in the media--even on supposedly right-wing Fox--as "controversial."

Carrie Prejean told FOXNews.com that she had "no regrets" and was happy with the answer she gave when a Miss USA judge, the gossip blogger Perez Hilton, asked about her stance on same-sex marriage.

"I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman," she said on the live broadcast. "No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

One person who was offended was Keith Lewis, co-director the Miss California competition, which Prejean won to make it into the Miss USA pageant. Lewis told FOXNews.com that he was "saddened" by Prejean's statement.

"I am personally ... hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement...

Blogger Perez Hilton was also enraged, calling Prejean a "stuipd b***h" in a video tirade he aired on his blog.

[Photo caption: Miss California Carrie Prejean made her controversial comments on Sunday night's show.]


This is wrong on so many levels.

The issue isn't the validity (or not) of her opinion. The story here isn't whether or not gay marriage should be accepted. It's the reaction to Carrie's answer regarding her opinion on the matter--which she offered only when specifically asked.

Why should it be controversial or shocking that some people actually support the millennia-old understanding of what marriage is? Why should it be controversial to affirm current law? Why should it be controversial to express a view that was affirmed by the majority of voters in California at the voting booth? Why on earth would it be controversial to hold to the majority view?



This is simply a matter of it being politically incorrect to oppose the liberal social agenda, and anyone that dares oppose that agenda is summarily dismissed as a "b***h."

And to have a judge come out later and call a contestant he was judging a "stupid b***h" for her honest opinion is just disgusting. Obviously that judge, a homosexual himself, was personally invested in how that question was answered. Anyone that thinks Carrie got a fair shake in the judging with a judge that emotional is being dishonest with themselves.

The Miss USA organization should be professional enough to make sure that its judges don't ask questions to which they are not emotionally prepared to deal with the answer. They should make sure political or religious questions, if asked, are not used as a litmus test to determine the winner, or even the perception that the answer may have been a litmus test. The Miss California competition should not be "saddened" by their contestant's honest answer but should be proud of her courage to respond honestly and in a manner consistent with her beliefs... and the beliefs of the majority of California voters. And there should definitely be rules in place that judges do not insult contestants.

I don't watch the Miss USA competitions (and didn't watch this one) but at this point I have lost all respect for the Miss USA organization. Not because of any position they or their members may hold on gay marriage but because of their obvious intolerance of any other position. Aren't liberals supposed to be the tolerant people? Why is it they never seem tolerant with people that disagree with them?

Carrie Prejean was asked an uncomfortable question on live TV and she answered that question honestly and as a lady. The judge Perez Hilton showed himself to be completely unprofessional and tarnished the Miss USA organization in the process. Miss USA should be distancing itself from Perez Hilton's and energetically condemning his completely inappropriate comments.

Perhaps this can be avoided in the future if the Miss USA organization simply includes a note on all applications that says, "Social conservatives need not apply." Or perhaps they should just change the organization's name to "Miss Liberal USA." Because apparently that's what it really is.

And to Carrie Prejean, congratulations on having the courage to stay true to your beliefs. Your courage is something that we all can admire, and we can only hope that we'd all have that same courage when put on the spot in such an uncomfortable position. Well done!

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