Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Did you hear the one about the blonde...

who pissed a whole lot of people off because when asked a direct question she gave a direct answer, however it was apparently not the answer that they wanted to hear.

By now most people have already heard about the debacle with the response given by Miss California in response to the question about whether she believed in gay marriage. Her response was that she believed a marriage should be between a man and a woman. Fair enough. She was asked what SHE believed and she stated what SHE believed.

I personally have no problems with her response. The way I see it, why bother asking someone a question if you are already set in your mind that there is only one way that is acceptable to YOU of answering the question. That is setting the person up.

My problem comes from first the response of the audience, secondly from the way that Perez Hilton has subsequently responded to her answer, and thirdly the response of people who were once behind her and supported her but now, because she simply stated HER belief on a subject, have left her swinging in the wind. Talk about fair weather friends indeed.

Reading the articles and seeing how the Miss California directors acted towards and treated her was very eye opening. Take for example the reactions of the California State Pageant Director Shanna Moakler as quoted in this FOX News article:
"While all of the state pageant directors were quick to greet their beauty queens after the live telecast, Moakler and Lewis did not go backstage, nor did they call Prejean to congratulate her on being first runner-up for Miss USA, after Prejean told a national TV audience that she was personally opposed to gay marriage.

Instead, Moakler started Twittering.

"This is why we have judges at Miss USA, so we find the girl to rep us ALL," Moakler Twittered after the pageant.

"I don’t know how you can call a gay man or woman your friend and not want them 2 have the same joys as yourself. In my family we believe in equal rights for all, I am sad and hurt, I agree with Perez 100 [percent]. It's one thing to have an opinion I am very opinionated n have dealt with backlash from it, it's another to alienate people who cared about u."

Moakler, who sources say was very close friends with Prejean (who was first runner-up in the Miss California USA pageant in 2008 before winning in 2009), also issued an apology to her state pageant sponsors on Monday, saying that "Prejean’s opinions do not stand for those of the Miss California family."

I somehow think that if Moakler were to take a poll of the "Miss California family" she might be surprised to find out that wonder of all wonders, not every person believes the exact same thing. Further more, it is possible for someone to represent a body of people without being of the exact same mind as those people on everything. I wonder what Moakler's comments and responses would have been if Prejean had answered the question "favourably" and had to feel backlash from groups and people who believe that "marriage" is the union between a man and a woman? Or do their opinions, and beliefs not count?

Hypocrites... all of them...


Sam said...

Never mind that California voted in November to define marriage as between a man and a woman by a not small margin. Miss California's views apparently do represent California's.

It's telling though that the first part of her response, where she says that she's glad that she lives in a country where its citizens get to make the choice, is being completely ignored.

Nomad said...

Perez Hilton is a hypocrite -- of course the question was about personal belief, just look at how he's reacting