The following is a chronological account of the controversy surrounding Miss California Carrie Prejean’s remarks on what marriage means to her, with links to coverage and videos.
Personally, I feel that she has become more famous than if she had denied her own convictions and pandered to political correctness, and actually won the Miss USA title. God bless you, Carrie!
First, Miss California, Carrie Prejean is asked during the Miss USA contest to pick a judge who will ask her a question. She chooses Perez Hilton, who asks her about her views on states legalizing gay marriage. She answers honestly that she believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. She is cheered by the audience for her answer.
Perez Hilton: “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
Carrie Prejean: “Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and in, in my family, 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 and that’s how I think that it should be between a man and a woman.”
After that exchange, Perez Hilton releases a video where he calls Carrie Prejean a ‘dumb b*tch’ for her answer.
Then, Perez Hilton ratches it up, taking back his apology and saying on an interview that he actually meant to call Carrie Prejean a ‘c*nt’ rather than a ‘b*tch’. Video at the Michelle Malkin and Moonbattery links.
And then Perez Hilton admits that that Carrie Prejean lost out on the Miss USA contest specifically because of her answer to the question.
“The way miss California answered her question lost her the crown, without a doubt!” Perez told Access Hollywood after the pageant.
Meanwhile, Carrie Prejean has no regrets about the way she answered, and says that God was testing her faith. See here for why she might have said that.
FOXNews.com: “How are you feeling today?”
Carrie Prejean: “Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I’m glad I stayed true to myself.”
While Perez Hilton (who was not the target of insults) rants and raves and spews more vile epithets, the classy Carrie Prejean says that she is praying for Perez Hilton and feels sorry for him. Video at the link.
“I can only say to him that I will be praying for him. I feel sorry for him, I really do,” Prejean said. “I think he’s angry, I think he’s hurt. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. He asked me specifically what my opinion was on that subject and I gave him an honest answer… It (the Perez question) was obviously a test of my faith. A test of my character; my person. And, I am blessed to be here right now.”
Then, Carrie Prejean again says in another a video interview that she feels sorry for Perez Hilton. She doesn’t think it’s right that she was penalized for her personal views. See ADDENDUM at bottom of the page for reference for her ‘majority of the people in my state agreed with me’ remark.
Carrie Prejean: “I wasn’t concerned about any other state except my state. A majority of the people in my state agreed with me. They believe a marriage should be between a man and a woman and I was marked down because of my opinion. And, I don’t think that’s right.”
Meanwhile, pro-gay Hollywood types jump into the fray by releasing a video attacking those who do not support homosexual marriage, with a fistful of anti-Christian remarks thrown in. Video at the link.
With the way some in Hollywood have piled on Miss California Carrie Prejean since Sunday’s Miss USA pageant, one might think the 21-year-old college student had called for a tax on botox, instead of speaking out against gay marriage.
First, Perez Hilton called her a “dumb [expletive]” in a self-produced video on his Web site.
Then Tinsletown took to Twitter, as the likes of Shanna Moakler, Giuliana Rancic, Holly Madison and Heidi Montag Tweeted their outrage.
Moakler, who is co-chair of the Miss California pageant, Twittered “I agree with Perez 100 [percent].”
E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic Twittered on Tuesday that “I know i’m a journalist, and i should be objective … but she is an ignorant disgrace and she makes me sick to my stomach.”
Michelle Malkin includes a summary of the whole hoo-hah for reading by the general public in a syndicated column. It seems that Perez Hilton spews his hate on Larry King as well, and that the Miss USA organizers have chosen to support him over Carrier Prejean.
$%^&*!!: Civility and tolerance in the Age of Obama
Celebrity leech/trash blogger Perez Hilton took to the Internet and TV airwaves to humiliate a beauty pageant contestant who gave what he considered an “offensive” answer about gay marriage. Hilton, inexplicably serving as a judge of the Miss USA contest, had asked Miss California Carrie Prejean whether she supported the legalization of gay marriage. Prejean respectfully answered: “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.” President Obama, by the way, defines marriage the same way Carrie Prejean does.
No matter. Hilton immediately lambasted Prejean as a “dumb b*tch” in a viral YouTube video he taped after the pageant Sunday night. He apologized the next morning for the attack, then retracted his apology, then escalated his divisive rhetoric. On Tuesday afternoon, Hilton told an MSNBC female anchor that he was thinking of an even more vulgar epithet – the “c-word” – as he listened to Prejean’s answer. The female anchor said nothing. Basking in his new role as thought and speech enforcer, Hilton told CNN’s Larry King that beauty pageant contestants must bow to the tolerance mob: “Yes. I do expect Miss USA to be politically correct.”
And apparently, the Miss USA organizers agree. Instead of apologizing for pageant judge Perez Hilton’s vile behavior, the pageant director of the Miss California contest, Keith Lewis, sent a note to Hilton throwing Prejean under the bus: “I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman…Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family.”
But gutter profanity and misogyny do?
Some of Carrie Prejean’s fellow Miss USA contestants say that she should have been more ‘politically correct’, i.e., ought to have lied in order to win.
The Miss USA contestants from the four states that allow same-sex marriage say Miss California should have been more politically correct and socially aware when she was asked for her thoughts on the issue during the nationally televised pageant on Sunday.
Miss Massachusetts Alison Cronin told FOXNews.com she was “shocked” when Carrie Prejean, 21, told Miss USA judge and celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton that she believes marriage should be “between a man and a woman.”
“It’s really hard to think that people still think that way,” Cronin said. “But at the same time, there’s a lot of girls in pageants who wear their religion on their sleeve. If that’s what she thinks, I give her credit for expressing that, but that’s not how I feel.”
Cronin, 22, said she supports gay marriage.
Miss Connecticut Monica Mary Pietzrak, called Prejean a “wonderful girl” but said she should have been more conscious of the national audience.
“In general, when you’re answering a question like that, you have to be politically correct about it,” Pietzrak told FOXNews.com. “I would’ve answered differently to help accommodate all beliefs. It’s a decision between two individuals, and not just a man and a woman.”
Pietzrak said she doesn’t share Prejean’s view that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex couples. “I don’t personally agree with that, but people have a choice to do whatever they want.”
Miss Iowa Chelsea Lynn Gauger, 20, said her state, whose Supreme Court just this month declared a legislative ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, is ahead of the country.
“Being from Iowa, I’m proud to say that our state has interpreted the Constitution to say that gays have the right to marry,” Gauger said. “Whether you agree with [Prejean] or not, to be on national television and say exactly how you feel, it does take strength and faith.”
“People have blown it out of proportion,” Gauger added. “I don’t think people are thinking what it would be like to be up there like she was. It’s sad that people can’t just keep their feelings to themselves.”
Miss Vermont Brooke Werner, who said she was shocked by Prejean’s statement, acknowledged the high-pressure situation that many, including Miss California herself, thought cost her the crown.
“Everyone has a right to their own actions,” Werner said. “But I totally disagree with Carrie. I have a very different perspective on gay marriage and I would have never said what she said.”
Cronin said if Prejean had answered differently, she might be taking promotional tours this week instead of defending her comments.
“Had she gone the other way with the question, she might have won,” Miss Massachusetts said. “I’m surprised that she would say it, knowing the demographic she was speaking to.”
But Prejean’s decision not to compromise her beliefs was admirable, Cronin said.
“She would’ve made herself look more like an idiot if she changed her mind,” she said. “You got to be able to back up your opinion and not become wishy-washy. Good for her for standing by it.”
And here’s what the owner of the Miss USA contest, Donal Trump has to say – that basically, Perez Hilton put Carrie Prejean in a no-win situation.
The owner of the Miss Universe franchise finally addressed the scandal surrounding his Miss USA pageant to FOX News Thursday, saying that he has received thousands of calls and letters, the majority of which support Miss California’s comments on gay marriage.
Many have argued that the answer cost Prejean the crown. But Trump disagreed, congratulating Dalton and saying that she deserved to win.
“I am very honored that she won,” Trump told FOX News. “She really did a fantastic job … She was doing well on every single card and she really did answer also a very, very tough question very well.”
But Trump defended Prejean as well, disagreeing with Perez Hilton’s assertion that it was the worst answer in the history of the Miss USA pageant.
“Miss California has done a wonderful job, that was her belief … It wasn’t a bad answer, that was simply her belief.”
Trump added that Prejean’s question was “a bit unlucky,” arguing that no matter how she answered the question “she was going to get killed.”
Stephen Crowder makes fun of Perez Hilton:
All the way across the Atlantic ocean, Alan Duncan,a member of the Tory Party of the United Kingdom, insults and jokes about killing Carrie Prejean.
Shadow leader of the House of Commons Alan Duncan was appearing on BBC comedy show “Have I Got News For You” when he made the gaffe.
Mr Duncan, who had earlier in the show revealed his ambition to become Home Secretary, was discussing American Beauty Queen Carrie Prejean’s belief that same sex marriages were wrong.
And the MP called her a “silly b***h” and said “If you read that Miss California is murdered you will know it was me”.
The comment has provoked outrage among viewers with complaints being filed with the BBC and the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
The Rev George Hargreaves, leader of the Christian Party said today “Mr Duncan has crossed the line. A senior politician suggesting, even as a joke, that it is OK that Ms. Prejean should be murdered for her Evangelical Christian views is totally unacceptable.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews insults Carrie Prejean on his show, accusing her of cutting off a manhood:
Gloria Feldt insults Carrie Prejean and makes fun of her assets:
A tabloid website posts revealing pictures of Carrie Prejean without her consent and mocks her Christian faith:
With partially nude photos of her popping up on Web sites questioning her Christian credentials, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has fired back, claiming the racy pictures are just modeling shots and vowing to continue her battle against same-sex marriage.
“I am a Christian, and I am a model,” Prejean said in a statement released overnight to the media. “Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be.”
…The Web site thedirty.com claimed that it had six pictures of Prejean. As of Tuesday morning, it had posted one on its site. The picture shows Prejean wearing nothing but a pair of revealing pink panties and smiling over her shoulder at the camera. Her breasts are covered by her arm.
The picture was deemed too racy to be shown on the TODAY Show.
Carrie Prejean sues Miss California contest for religious discrimination:
Carrie Prejean’s attorney, Charles S. LiMandri announced today that the former Miss California USA is filing a complaint in the Superior Court of California against Miss California USA officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, and publicist Roger Neal. The complaint cites damages to Miss Prejean including libel, public disclosure of private facts, religious discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Miss Prejean was fired from her role as Miss California USA in June of this year, following several months of controversy over her answer at the Miss USA pageant regarding same-sex marriage. Lewis claimed Miss Prejean’s termination was due to a violation of contract. Miss Prejean’s complaint will refute that allegation, and demonstrate that both the chronology and factual evidence clearly show she lived up to all her contractual obligations, but was fired, harassed and publicly attacked solely due to her religious beliefs.
And Perez Hilton draws vulgar graphics onto Carrie Prejean’s photo in response (American Power link 1 below).
A reminder of what homosexual marriage supporters are like when it comes to discourse with their opponents:
Separation of church and hate… Is what the fence is doing.
The scene of this ‘peaceful, tolerance-promoting protest’ is Carrie Prejean’s California, by the way. The state’s voters recently passed Proposition 8, restricting the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, by 52.24% to 47.76%. So in giving her honest answer, she was reflecting the beliefs of a majority of her home state.
And as for why Carrie Prejean equates supporting only heterosexual marriage with staying true to her God and her faith, see Bible Passages That Oppose Homosexuality – Including the Words of Jesus and God Himself (do check it out – even if you’re familiar with the usual passages cited, you may find some new arguments here).
Day by Day has a cartoon on the topic. Preview below:
From Diversity Lane:
More editorial cartoons:
True, via Michelle Malkin link 1: