Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Miss California remains Miss California

We can all sleep easier now. Miss California, the Miss USA runner-up, can keep her crown. Carrie Prejean has been under fire for nearly a month primarily because she dared give an opinion that wasn't politically correct during the Miss USA pageant in April.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton -- not just a blogger, but a celebrity blogger -- asked Prejean her view of same-sex marriage. I believe the question was phrased as to what her opinion was.

Prejean had the audacity to say she thought marriage should be between a man and a woman only. Well, hey, that didn't play too well with Hilton, who is gay, and the rest of the PC crowd. Indignity erupts. Controversy ensues. How dare this woman!

Such are the times we live in.

It was later revealed that Prejean, a model, had posed provacatively for a surfing magazine when the photographer released the pictures. She had also posed in her underwear as a teenager and didn't disclose that to pageant officials, which is a violation of the contract between contestants and the pageant.

But let's be clear. The real issue here was Prejean's anti-gay marriage stance and being courageous enough to go against the current grain.

Then Donald Trump rode to the rescue. Not sure why Trump has final say on this, but then again, I'll be the first to admit I'm not a Miss USA pageant expert. But Trump said Tuesday that Prejean can keep her crown.

"It's the same answer the president of the United States gave; it's the same answer many people gave," Trump said in a news conference. "She gave an honorable answer; she gave an answer from her heart."

Trump said he and other pageant officials had reviewed racy photos of Prejean and decided they were acceptable.

"We are in the 21st century. We have determined the pictures taken are fine," he said, adding that "in some cases the pictures were lovely."

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