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Steve Lunetta: Shame on Miss USA pageant

Posted: May 3, 2009 9:13 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I don't watch beauty pageants. My lack of interest does not stem from some misguided belief that pageants somehow degrade women (we're putting them on a pedestal, for heaven's sake!). Its just that they bore me.

I have my own beauty at home and I see no reason to look elsewhere. (I just scored more points than when the Lakers play Sacramento.)

That all changed last week when our very own Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, was attacked publicly by a judge at the Miss USA Pageant.

Miss Prejean had the audacity to voice her own opinion regarding gay marriage.

When asked by pageant judge Perez Hilton (aka Mario Lavandeira) about whether states should legalize gay marriage, Prejean responded "I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

You could have heard a pin drop. The stunned judges fell off their chairs. The crowd began booing. The earth shook and the heavens fell. Obama missed a free throw.

A Miss USA candidate had the temerity to voice her true opinion and swim against the stream of political correctness.

Instead of being applauded and commended, she lost Miss USA to Miss North Carolina.

Did you see the pictures? Miss North Carolina looks like a nice girl but she was nothing compared to Carrie. Tanned, blonde, and stunning, Prejean was the clear favorite to win this beauty pageant. We could have had prime rib but got cube steak. So, what happened to our girl?

Perez Hilton is gay. Not only gay, he is a known gay fascist, who forces his beliefs and ideas upon an unwitting public who is too afraid to stand up to his Gestapo tactics. And he was ready to pounce.

The Miss USA controversy was a setup. One of the other judges was journalist Alicia Jacobs, a former Miss Nevada, was quoted as saying "interestingly, of the five judges who asked questions, Perez was the only one who had written his own question ... and when I asked him what the question was, he would not reveal it, telling me he wanted to keep it secret, but that it had been approved by [Miss USA President] Paula Shugart and the producers. So, of course, when Miss California selected Perez, I couldn't wait to hear the question."

Miss Prejean, a San Diego Christian College junior, is a member of a church called The Rock that is known for its conservative Christian message. Carrie had a massive target on her back that said "Christian Patsy. Take Your Best Shot."

Hilton was a coiled snake ready to strike at another person who disagreed with his political beliefs.

In a later video interview, Hilton remarked "she lost not because she doesn't believe in gay marriage, she lost because she's a dumb bitch!" (PerezTV, 04/27/09).

How does a no-talent hack like this get off publicly attacking and insulting an excellent young woman from our state for her religious beliefs? Sounds like a hate crime to me. Somebody call Jerry Brown and get him on the case.

What really hurts is that Hilton did it with the blessing of the Miss USA pageant. While it is true that Prejean selected her questioner, there is no way that they could not have known the shock waves this incident would create. And I strongly doubt that the pageant did not, in some way, influence Prejean's selection of Hilton.

Shame on you, Miss U. You allowed political correctness to trump freedom of speech, freedom of religion, honor, respect and civility. By setting up Carrie, you have insulted Christians, Californians and most Americans on the right and left.

And, Miss USA Pageant, how did you ever allow a pure media creature like Hilton to be a judge? A judge should be someone worthy of respect, distinguished and honorable.

This character seems more suited to digging through trash cans behind fancy restaurants than judging a beauty pageant (of women, no less!).

What is truly fascinating is that Carrie was also expressing the majority opinion of Californians in the state. Remember Proposition 8?

A majority of Californians determined that the state constitution will be amended to define marriage to mean a union between a man and woman.

I guess the Miss USA pageant also despises democracy.

How did we get to the point that Christians can be publicly ambushed for their religious beliefs?

We should not be tolerant of this bigotry and prejudice. In my book, Carrie Prejean is Miss USA and we should feel honored to have her living in California.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right About Now" runs Mondays in The Signal.


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