It seems to me that the next logical step for the Miss USA pageant will be to recruit people of different religions as judges and allow them to ask pointed religious questions of the contestants. Then, when someone does not hold the same religious views as the judge from Saudi Arabia, for instance, he can look disgusted and dismissive, and we will all say to ourselves, “Boy, she doesn’t have a chance.” He won’t give her his vote.
There is really no difference. Allowing Perez Hilton (vomit) to ask such a pointed question about gay marriage knowing that he is strongly opinionated gay man, and that most of Americans hold views contrary to his on the subject, shows that the producers of the program have no regard for their audience or the integrity of the pageant itself (that seems like an oxymoron).
After hearing her answer, Hilton should have disqualified himself from the voting. But, beyond that, I thought the purpose of the questioning was to see if these young ladies were able to communicate effectively when put on the spot. If that was the case, it is clear that Carrie Prejean could communicate well, and her honest answer that ‘she was raised to believe that a marriage was between a man and a woman” shows a good amount of personal integrity.
Is a beauty contest the forum for this debate? Of course not. When this occurs, the show is reduced to an agenda pushing event. Imagine Billy Graham on the show as a guest judge. Do you think people would accept the same question coming from him?
The good news is that Carrie Prejean did more to promote herself by giving this answer than she ever could have done otherwise. The bad news is that Hollywood has a long memory, and she will have a lot of opportunities lost as a result of sticking to her values. It’s a shame that we are at the point where it is better to be a fraud and lie, than it is to stand up and support the things you believe in.
The best news for us all is that the shelf-life of these programs is about up, and it will not take a lot more alienating to drive the rest of Miss USA’s audience away. Good.
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