Carrie Prejean’s topless photos may have been the reason given for her title of Miss California being threatened, but she wouldn’t have ever come under scrutiny (and the topless photos of her wouldn’t be all over the Internet) if she hadn’t been the Miss USA pageant contestant given the gay marriage question.
Many Americans were angered by Carrie Prejean’s answer to the same-sex marriage question posed to her by Miss USA judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. She stated that she believed in “opposite marriage”, fumbling around a bit but getting her point across. Carrie Prejean later stated that she believes she would have won the Miss USA pageant if she would have stated that she supports gay marriage.
Perez Hilton added fuel to the bonfire of backlash that Carrie Prejean faced for her answer, calling her some not-very-nice things on his blog and making television appearances to discuss her answer. He was one of the first to post the topless photos of Carrie Prejean on his website.
I honestly don’t’ think Carrie Prejean would be Miss California if she’d had to answer the gay marriage question for the Miss California pageant, but I can see why Donald Trump made the decision to not take her crown away. We’ve come a long way from the days when Vanessa Williams was pressured to resign from being Miss America because of a photo scandal; Carrie Prejean can take comfort in the fact that Vanessa Williams went on to become the biggest post-beauty pageant success ever.
Donald Trump didn’t take Carrie Prejean’s crown away for other reasons, as well. For one thing, Carrie Prejean is generating interest in a competition that’s becoming a big joke. Carrie Prejean is getting the Miss USA competition a lot of publicity and without her holding the title of Miss California, the scandals and large font on first pages would fade away. You could say that the topless photos are generating bad publicity for the competition, but in the superficial world of beauty pageants, there aren’t great moral standards to be withheld. The most important thing is to look pretty, and Carrie Prejean continues to do a good job of that.
I wish that such a big deal hadn’t been made about her answer. I don’t agree with it at all, but I also understand that those of us who support freedoms like a woman’s right to choose shouldn’t attack someone for their life choices. Carrie Prejean was simply exercising her right to speak freely, and she’s not the first or last to say things that everyone isn’t going to agree with. She’s entitled to her opinions, and she should be allowed to speak them, right or wrong.
And I don’t think Carrie Prejean’s answer being “wrong” should be considered what lost her the Miss USA crown; it should be the fact that her answer just wasn’t all that great. She fumbled and stumbled all over her words and wasn’t eloquent at all. She’s done a good job of giving speeches afterward, however, stating that her grandfather gloriously fought for her right of freedom of speech under General Patton; but I doubt her grandfather realized he was fighting for her right to pose in topless photos, as well.
Donald Trump may also not support gay marriage. After all, as Carrie Prejean pointed out, even our beloved President doesn’t support it. So, Barack Obama, are you going to let this little beauty queen belittle you by pointing out that you aren’t helping millions of Americans? Will you not only be the first black President, but the first to truly separate church and state, as well? At least one good thing came of this; Carrie Prejean made a point that does need to be discussed, and hopefully our first black President will take a page from the first black Miss America and finally state that he supports gay marriage.