You’ve may have heard by now some of the fallout from Miss California’s answer to a same-sex marriage question from one of the Miss USA judges, Perez Hilton. If not, it’s probably because, like me, you didn’t watch the Miss USA pageant (or because, also like me, didn’t even know it was on). What happened there has put on display for all to see what happens when you stand up for beliefs which are contrary to the liberal line.
Perez Hilton asked Carrie Prejean, "Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage," he said. "Do you think every state should follow suit, why or why not." Prejean answered:
I think it’s great Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what in my country, in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be, between a man and a woman.
While starting out with a little fumbling for words, she ultimately comes to her honest answer. And that, in what is now a pageant fully engulfed in liberal dogma, was her downfall.
According to this ABC News article, the initial boos were ultimately overcome by applause. However, Hilton was taken by surprise.
"I was floored," Hilton told ABCNews.com Monday. "I haven’t said this before, but to her credit, I applaud her for her honesty. However, she is not a politician, she’s a hopeful Miss USA. Miss USA should represent everyone. Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters."
Instead, I suppose, he wanted an answer that alienated tens of millions of those who do not support same-sex marriage. If it’s about the numbers, Hilton is currently on the down-side of that. If it’s about not alienating people, Prejean’s answer, no matter what it was, would alienate some, so she actually did well on that front, if that’s what you’re going to judge her by.
So what answer would Hilton have preferred; one that would be less political and represented everyone?
Hilton said Prejean could have chosen an answer that he believed would have been less political. When he asked Miley Cyrus the same question on Twitter after the show, he was surprised by her response: "I believe that EVERYONE deserves to be happy. That’s all I’m saying."
Comparing Cyrus and Prejean, Hilton said, "A 16-year-old gave a better answer. If she [Prejean] had said those two sentences, that would have been a better answer."
On his video blog, he offered another alternate answer. "I would have said, ‘Hmm, Perez, that’s a great question, that’s a very hot topic in our country right now. And I think that’s a question that each state should decide for themselves."
He was looking for politically correct (i.e. liberal) and / or one that is, in fact, more political. Not to mention, what if you don’t actually believe that answer? The truth, to these left-wing elites, means little.
It wasn’t just this gossip columnist that was irked by her answer. This aversion to a truthful answer extends to the Miss California organization itself.
Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, released a statement to the media in response to Prejean’s answer last night.
"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," said Lewis in a statement. "I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family."
Co-director Shanna Moakler, the 1995 Miss USA, told the media that she fully supported Lewis’ statement.
Apparently, the Miss California organization can’t handle an honest answer that diverges from the liberal line without issuing a statement and denigrating their own representative. At least Hilton had the guts to give Prejean credit for honesty before he tore her up.
And that honest also cost her more than just national scorn from the Left.
"She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that," Hilton said, adding that he’s "very happy with whom the judges chose," Miss North Carolina’s Kristen Dalton.
He’s a judge. He would know. He didn’t want her to politicize her answer, but he politicized the who event.
From the Nobel Prize committee, who made past Peace Prize choices to tweak George W. Bush, to the Miss USA Pageant, the Left is showing just how much they tolerate dissent. They don’t. Oh the irony.