The Miss USA Pageant is not high on the list of anyone’s must see television. It seems like a kind of antiquated show from the past. Many probably did not know that it was even still on the air. My only real memory of the contest was when long-time host Bert Parks sang the theme song as that year’s winner took her victory lap. Actually thanks to Glenn Beck this morning, I learned that there is actually a Miss America Pageant (that’s the one Bert Parks hosted) and Miss USA Pageant (Trump’s version).
A quick survey of friends and family that I talked to today confirmed that almost none of the men knew there was a difference, yet most of the women did know. I think that is because more women read People Magazine and watch the Today show. You would think that guys would be interested in a show that features 50 or so bikini-clad women.
The Miss USA show had been moved to cable TV in recent years, probably due to low viewership. The 2009 contest was carried on The Learning Channel and was preceded by a reality-type show featuring the contestants. Another reality show featuring narcissistic people is probably not what the doctor ordered. It’s Trump’s show and apparently ratings were up this year.
Like most years, many of us would have heard or read about the winner and her fifteen minutes of fame and quickly forgot the contest. The 2009 pageant, however, sparked controversy over an answer to a judge’s question about gay marriage. Miss California, Carrie Prejean was asked by judge Perez Hilton (gay blogger) her thoughts on legalizing gay marriage. Much to Hilton’s dismay, Miss Prejean affirmed what over 60 percent of Californians (and the current President of the United States) believe, that marriage should remain between a man and a woman.
“I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
Miss Prejean had to know that she did not garner any favors from the judges or the audience, many of whom booed after her response. It was later admitted by Ms. Hilton that Miss Prejean was ahead in scoring at the time. Hilton did not give Prejean any points and she consequently lost the contest. In my opinion Miss California risked winning the contest to stay true to her beliefs. It cost her the title.
After the contest Ms. Hilton posted a nasty video blasting Miss Prejean. Apparently that is her style on the Hilton web-blog. One must ask why the Miss America Pageant would hire an openly gay man to be a judge of a female beauty contest? Isn’t that like asking a vegan to judge a rib cookoff?
I expected that The Donald would defend the honor of the contest and renounce the behavior of Ms. Hilton. That did not occur and I am still waiting. I half expected that Trump would show up on television and pronounce to Ms. Hilton “you’re fired.” That would be good television and probably be a YouTube sensation.
I guess that the old Hollywood saying that any publicity is good publicity holds true in this case except for Miss Prejean. She is a True American Hero, not because of her views, but because she was true to her beliefs, expressed them, has stuck to them and has taken a great deal of abuse. She has been mercilessly attacked because of her beliefs and has not had many defenders in the MSM.
One thing that is curious to me is the speed with which the MSM has taken on the smear. Has there been an orchestrated effort to attack on Miss Prejean? Is the tactic to send a message discouraging any person who opposes gay marriage from expressing their beliefs? If you speak out against gay marriage, we are coming after you. President Obama had better watch as he shares Miss Prejean’s views…at least he did while campaigning. One must remember that his promises/positions have expiration dates.
An interesting fact that I heard was that Ms. Hilton knew that Miss Prejean attended a Christian college and as such was likely to have strong religious beliefs. Was Ms. Hilton given the opportunity to ask Miss Prejean the loaded question? What did Hilton know and when did she know it. It looks like the Donald’s pageant, at a minimum, was aware of the set up and maybe participated in the smear. Publicity.
Maybe after the media is done smearing Miss Prejean about her views, breast implants, and racy photographs, they will look into the story behind the controversy. I will not hold my breath. This link to NewsBusters provides a selection of the stories.
One of the most surprising that I saw was on a segment of the O’Reilly Factor with guest host Laura Ingraham. Her guest was “feminist” Gloria Fedlt. If you consider the context that a WOMAN was being attacked for expressing her beliefs. The attacks included comments about her appearance, breast implantation and her past activities…all superficial stuff. I was almost as shocked as Laura Ingraham when Ms. Feldt proceed bash the young WOMAN stating:
“I think that what Ms. Prejean needs is perhaps a heart transplant rather than the breast implants that she had paid for by the pageant.”
Here was a self-proclaimed feminist, you know the ones who are supposed to defend females and advocate for equality, bashing a young WOMAN and using her looks as the spear. Feminism seems to have come a long way from the Gloria Steinem days. Watch the video here.
I do not think that we have seen the last of Miss Prejean. Trump can take away her crown, the media can savage her, Ms. Hilton can rant and hiss, and feminists can make catty comments, but this young lady seems to have it together. Trump and associates may have created something that trumps Trump. She is not backing down:
“It’s been a very strange week for me, as you can imagine. This was not exactly what I had planned or asked or wanted. But, nonetheless, I’m grateful. I’m grateful for all the prayers and support and well wishes I’ve received from all different kinds of Americans who believe that I do and the same views that I do, that a marriage is between a man and a woman. I encourage people to stand up for what they believe in and to not be afraid.
I was ready to be Miss USA that night on that stage, and I was faced, as you all know, with a very controversial question. And I had a choice — to stand up for what I believe in, or to compromise that for the tiara, like she said. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support from the great majority of Americans who know in our hearts that Americans should treat others with respect, even when we disagree — especially when we disagree about important moral issues like marriage.”
Americans love this type of woman.
I hear that they need some new blood in California politics.
Update May 12, 2009 – In what is now my quickest update, The Donald decreed that Miss Prejean’s photographs were “acceptable” and that she may keep her Miss California crown. As I searched for news reports on today’s events, I was struck by this blurb:
“Donald Trump will announce whether he will let gay-bashing, born-again beauty Carrie Prejean keep her crown.”
The MSM and the vitriolic left just cannot let it go. I’ll finish this short update using Mr. Trump’s words:
“Carrie is totally beautiful, and her answer, because of that, took on greater importance. Unfortunately, that’s the way the press works. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”
“It’s the same answer the president of the United States gave,. It’s the same answer many people gave. She gave an honorable answer. She gave an answer from her heart, and I think for that she has to be commended.”
and from Miss Prejean:
“On April 19 on that stage I exercised my freedom of speech, and I was punished for doing so…This should not happen in America.”
I agree. Miss Prejean is a True American Hero…Mr. Trump did ok today too.
You may view my original posting here.