Miss California Carrie Prejean learns that some speech is more free than others
Posted by sanityinjection on April 23, 2009
Roland Martin weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Miss USA pageant, at which Miss California Carrie Prejean, in response to a question from judge Perez Hilton, gave her opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage:
I agree with Mr. Martin’s comments. We cannot say for certain that Prejean lost the competition because of her remarks, but it seems likely. That isn’t the point, though. Knowing the question might be asked, Prejean as a savvy contestant should never have picked outspoken gay rights advocate Perez Hilton to ask her question. And Hilton was entirely within his rights to ask a tough question like that.
Rather, it is the pillorying of Prejean after the competition, particularly by Hilton, that is reprehensible. If you read what Prejean said, it is very clear that she meant no offense to anyone, but was simply being honest about her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman – a belief shared by a large percentage of Californians. Apparently, however, she should have kept her mouth shut, because an honest answer is only OK if it conforms to the left-wing orthodoxy.
Further, for Hilton to publicly call Prejean a “dumb bitch” is shameful and classless. Judges are expected not to make nasty remarks about contestants. I would sincerely hope that it will be a cold day in hell before Mr. Hilton is invited to judge any event of any kind again, since he’s clearly not adult enough to handle it. Of course, Hilton thrives on controversy and is no doubt glorying in all the attention whether positive or negative.
One can agree or disagree with Ms. Prejean’s view on same-sex marriage. But no one should castigate her for her honest expression of it when questioned.