By Emily Geiger
With all the flap that has hit the fan since Sunday night regarding this whole Miss USA fiasco, there is one thing that I haven’t heard anyone talk about.
In the aftermath of the pageant in which openly gay pageant judge and celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton asked Miss California for her opinion on whether or not gay marriage should be legalized in all 50 states (and Miss California said no, marriage should be between one man and one woman), Mr. Hilton (who refers to himself as a “queen”) has publicly called Miss California, Carrie Prejean, the “b-word” and has said that he wished he had used the “c-word.” Hilton has not always been so kind as to abbreviate like I have.
I don’t care if you didn’t like her answer, this kind of language, especially in the context and with the tone it was used, is absolutely hate speech against women. You might disagree with someone, but he has stooped to degrading her as a woman rather than calmly and rationally explaining why he disagrees with her.
Where are the feminists with their outrage, calling this out for what it really is? This is no different than Jack Hatch using the “N-word” on the floor of the Iowa House of Representatives a few weeks ago. Saying that you believe marriage should be between one man and one woman is giving an opinion. Using the words Hilton used is hate speech. But hey, apparently it’s okay for a gay guy to hate a woman.
I’ve also heard some people speculate that Hilton asked this question thinking that Prejean, from the liberal state of California, would agree with his point of view and further affirm his political agenda to a national audience.
I think they’re right that Hilton had his own agenda, but I think these people have it exactly wrong. As a judge of this pageant, I’m sure Hilton was aware that Prejean is a student at San Diego Christian College. I think he was hoping she would stick to her guns, stand by her faith, and give the answer that she actually gave. He was then hoping that the crowd (and America in general) would turn on her (which he later claimed they did, despite the fact that they actually cheered).
And, most importantly, he knew that he’d get to see his own ugly mug on the Today Show and get lots of other media exposure, which is exactly what Hilton, a media whore, wanted.
He just didn’t count on the fact that Prejean would actually be getting more media coverage than him. She’s all over the TV, setting an example for young people, showing them that it’s okay to have morals and values and not have to hide them from the world.
I don’t know who Miss USA was last year. I know that Miss USA this year is from North Carolina, but I can’t tell you her name. I do know the name Carrie Prejean, and I don’t think we’ve heard the last from her.
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