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The hit job on Carrie Prejean
April 22, 2009 - Jody Murphy
Maybe I'm using this as a semi-valid excuse to post pictures of a scantily clad beauty pageant contestant or maybe I have a legitmate problem with the way "judges" of the Miss USA pageant deteremined a winner.
I did not, have not, do not plan to, nor have I ever watched a beauty pageant. But after reading about the controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean's response to what I deem a loaded question and the subsequent fallout ... I feel I must rant.
In a nutshell, Miss California Carrie Prejean was asked by Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger who is out and proud, about her stance on gay marriage. Prejean responded, true to herself, that she was not in favor of gay marriage. The response did not sit well with Hilton, a few other of the so-called judges and many in the audience.
In return, Hilton gave Prejean a poor score for her performance and later roundly bashed her on his website. The poor score also cost Prejean the title.
Now I really don't care what Prejean's answer was, whether I agree with it or not, which by the way I don't. But I do not feel she should have been punished for it.
The question was loaded in that there is no right or wrong answer, it is a matter of opinion and Prejean's answer was bound to piss off somebody, as well as generate discussion (more on that in a second).
If Prejean gave her answer in a clear, confident voice, didn't stammer and came off as poised -- and her answer made sense, she should NOT have been penalized. I also submit other contestants should have been asked eqaully devisive questions such as their stance on abortion.
In addition to Hilton, the panel of so-called judges was a veritable who's not in the world of who-in-the-world-are-these-people. The judges were: Robert Earl, Shandi Finnessey, Willie Geist, Brian Gradan, Alicia Jacobs, Claudia Jordan, Holly Madison, John Miller, Kelly Monaco, Kenan Thompson, Eric Trump and Hilton.
Another thing I noticed was the whole production was through Donald Trump. So I would not be a bit surprised if this was somehow partially coreographed to garner the event some added attention and notoriety. I wouldn't put it past Trump.
The whole affair reeks.
Still, I don't feel too bad for the Carrie Prejean.
For one, she got more publicty out this than the actual winner, what ever her name is.
Second Prejean is a still BEAUTY QUEEN, a long-legged, hot blond who is casually dating (whatever the hell that means) Michael Phelps and would never have given me the time of day no matter how funny (that's ha-ha funny) I am or was in college.
And she is now far more famous and well-known as a result of her stance on gay marriage than she would be had she actually won the pageant by answering "World Peace."
And conservatives will laud her as their pin up girl for amazing good looks and conservative beliefs...
On to other things. ...
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