Sometimes "losing" makes you a winner: Miss USA pageant violates Equal Opportunity.

Apparently, the Miss USA pageant was held the other day, and, by several accounts, the “first runner up”, Carrie Prejean (“Miss California”), lost the contest because of her answer on a question of gay marriage. Here is her answer, as quoted in a Yahoo article:

“Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um,
we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage
and, you know what, in my country and in, in my family, I think that I believe
that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Carrie said to a mix of
boos and applause. “No offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised
and that’s how I think that it should be between a man and a woman.”

I can see how that wishy-washy answer would manage to offend everyone at the same time. I can see criticizing her for an ineloquent or ill-refined response. “I think it’s great but I’m personally opposed” is bad philosophy, yet standard for American politicians.

But ineloquence and indecisiveness were not why she was cost the crown. The Miss USA organization is making it very clear that she was cost the crown because she opposes same sex marriage. The host, a fellow named Perez Hilton (?), who considers himself homosexual, said so. Again from the Yahoo article:

“The way miss California answered her question lost her the crown, without a
doubt!” Perez told Access Hollywood after the pageant. “Never before that I’m
aware of has a contestant been booed at Miss USA.”

Fox News has it this way:

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

Keith Lewis, one of the directors of Miss California USA, said:

“I am proud of Carrie Prejean’s beauty and placement at the 2009 Miss USA
pageant. I support Carrie’s right to express her personal beliefs even if they
do not coincide with my own,” Keith told Access. “I believe the subject of gay
marriage deserves a great deal more conversation in order to heal the divide it
has created.”

So, basically, a beauty pageant really *is* about looks and not intelligence or ideas?

FOX adds the following quote:

“It’s ugly,” said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his
partner. “I think it’s ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the
value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience
and tell me how many gay men there are.”


So, first, there are apparently certain topics about which beauty pageant contestants should not express their religious or political beliefs. Doesn’t this violate Equal Opportunity?

Second, why are so many gay men involved in beauty pageants? I know it’s a stereotype, but it makes absolutely no sense. The only flagrant homosexual I spent any considerable time with was a former co-worker. At first, I thought he was just the opposite, because his cubicle was covered in pictures of scantily clad women. I suppose they can claim that lust isn’t a factor, but that hardly seems accurate, either. If homosexuals really aren’t attracted to women, why are they nevertheless obsessed with female beauty?

Third, it’s really a moral victory for Carrie Prejean. If she’d won, no one would know about her comment. Because they openly persecuted her, she’s making headlines.

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