Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Would the FABULOUS Miss CA please step up?

Everyone is talking about Miss California's answer to "The Gay Marriage Question" asked by Perez Hilton during the Miss USA contest this weekend. I want to point out a few hypocrisies that have struck me hard as I listen to everyone else rant and rave about it.

Before I start my opinions, here is the actual video of only Perez asking the question and her answer. Not sponsored by anyone, no song, no commentary, just the facts. (Shoot, I can't get the video to embed, so instead, here is a link to youtube, click over and watch it quick if you haven't seen it yet. )

First of all, the start of her answer says "I think it is great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose" So, she was by no means knocking anyone or setting out to offending anyone or even saying if you are right or wrong! So quit getting so incredibly upset that she stated her own opinion and beliefs.

Second, when did Miss USA suddenly get 8 judges?? How many judges do we need? Which brings me to

Third, why in God's green earth is Perez Hilton a judge?? He is the worst sort of gossip columnist who lives off of america's obsession with 'celebrity' and spends his days and weeks and months and years critiquing and ridiculing anyone who doesn't agree with his beliefs or fashion sense. What does he know about Miss USA or 'representing america'? Sorry that you're mistaken, but Miss USA doesn't represent all americans ... not one of those girls was probably bigger than a size 4 and they probably don't enjoy Brownies and Coca-Cola as much as I do. Bring back Mo'nique's pageant and then we'll talk about who is representing whom here.

I saw a clip of him on cnn or something last night, which to begin with is a tad ludicrous to me. But, whatever. And on it he said "I wish she had kept her religion and her politics out of it!" Ummm, really?
Of all the topics in our society right now, this has to be one of the single most politically divisive and religiously divisive issues that exists!

What I truly do not understand, and this happens all the time in all sorts of public arenas. Is how it is that we can have a pageant like Miss USA, have a question like that, and then when the answer doesn't agree with you or the majority or some minority or a protected group of spotted owls you go off on this tirade! Calling her names and telling her what her answer should have been. It happens all the time. If she had simply agreed with him or left it at the first half of her answer, then no one would be talking about this at all! But the fact that she disagrees and now suddenly not only is it news she is a stupid b---- and worse!!

Why is it, exactly, that when I don't agree with you, that is when you suddenly decide I am stupid? That when I disagree with you, suddenly I should have kept my politics and religion out of it? If she had agreed, like so many seem to think she should have, then she is still keeping her politics and possibly religion in the answer. She just happens to agree with you. That dichotomy and hypocrisy is what makes me crazy.

I went into a job interview once and there was all sorts of religious icons on a book shelf in the office. And after having been asked a few questions they had sorted out that I was a Christian. It's been a few years so I don't remember how exactly it came about, but it did. No rights were violated, nothing was asked directly, just gleaned from various answers. And the interviewer says to me "How are you going to handle it when you have to counsel a woman and you have to leave your religion on the shelf?" My gut level reaction was to ask "Why do I have to leave my religion on the shelf? You don't!" I didn't say that, but by the time I walked out the door I realized I had talked my way out of that job. Which is fine. But that hypocrisy that double-standard exists everywhere. THAT is what I don't get.

So, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, KUDOS TO YOU!!! You spoke your mind, you shared your opinion and double Kudos for standing by it!!!!!

Hopefully Mr. Hilton will fade into obscurity one of these days. But I won't hold my breath on it.

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