By Jennifer Hill
One of the most important amendments made to the United States Constitution is freedom of speech. Every American values the fact that they are able to express their feelings and thoughts in a peaceful manner, which is precisely what Miss California, Carrie Prejean did at the Miss USA pageant.
On Sunday, April 19 Perez Hilton, one of the judges at the pageant asked Prejean what she thought about gay marriage. Controversy broke out after Miss California’s answer. However, shouldn’t we first consider if the question should have been asked? Why do Americans need to know how contestants in a pageant feel about gay marriage? What effect will Miss California’s opinion have on Perez Hilton’s life? None.
Miss California stood strongly behind her beliefs. She gracefully replied, “We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what in my country, in my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be, between a man and a woman.”
Hilton, a celebrity gossip blogger and a homosexual, very strongly felt that Prejean answered the question incorrectly. Hilton posted a video on his Web site and referred to Prejean as a “dumb b—-.”
At least if Hilton wanted to argue against Miss California, he could have not used vulgar language. His attacks were juvenile and inappropriate and Prejean had the dignity not to retaliate in that manner.
Hilton also carried his feelings onto Twitter, a social networking Web site. Other celebrities agreed that Prejean answered the question incorrectly. Heidi Montag, a character on MTV’s The Hills and Miley Cyrus, a teen pop star, both agreed with Hilton on the Web site.
Montag tweeted back to Hilton, “God says in the bible that we should love our neighbor and he created us all as equals. I know in my heart that gays and lesbians should have the same government rights that Spencer and I will when we get married. So, yes, this blonde Christian believes in gay marriage and I hope to one day go to YOUR wedding, Perez!!!”
While it may be true that Montag believes in gay marriage, it seems that she is just trying to be friends with Hilton so he does not gossip about her on his popular bashing Web site. It appears that the two almost celebrities were able to bond further at Montag’s recent wedding.
The judgment that Prejean now faces for an honest answer is unacceptable. Prejean said she feels that she was runner-up in the pageant because of the answer she gave. A contestant should not have to answer in manner in which the judge thinks is appropriate. Americans should want a Miss USA who is honest and stays true to her beliefs rather than a woman who will tell the judges the answer they want to hear. Prejean provided an honest answer and made an effort not to be offensive to anyone.
“Miss USA should represent everyone,” Hilton said to ABCnews.com. “Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters. She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that.”
While Prejean’s answer caused a great deal of controversy, she said that she has “no regrets” about the way she answered the question. I admire her for standing behind her answer and her beliefs.
On “The Billy Bush Show Prejean reflected on her answer and said, “I feel like I’m the winner. I really do.”