Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Okay, I'm giving you all fair warning that the rant to follow is about as political as I will get on this blog. I have my beliefs and they're pretty strong, but I don't usually shove them down other peoples' throats. If I'm asked, I'll offer them up willingly and openly, but otherwise I keep them mainly to myself. Not because I'm ashamed or whatever, just because it's a personal thing. Anyway, that's your warning...

I could care less about Miss USA or Miss America or any other beauty pageant in the world. The girls are pretty and they are judged mainly on their looks, regardless of what people say. But these past few days, I have stood up and paid attention a little more. Why? I'm sure you all know why. Miss California. Need I say more?

When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think 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 out there, but that's how I was raised." -FoxNews.com

So last time I checked, an opinion is "a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by proof." (Last time I checked was about 2 seconds ago, right in my handy American Heritage Dictionary) An opinion is what is asked for when someone says "do you believe X?" It's like asking "Do you like pink or green better?" Everyone has a different opinion and while they believe it to be truth for them, it can't be proven that pink is better than green, or vice versa.

This uproar is driving me nuts. It's all over the news and people are crying foul, saying she shouldn't be first runner-up, that her comment cost her the crown of Miss USA, etc. Well, she was being honest, people. I'd much rather have her be honest than stand up there and lie, saying the latest piece of politically correct BS that everyone expects of her. It reminds me of the movie Miss Congeniality, when Sandra Bullock's character is asked what she thinks is the most important thing our nation needs and she says "Harsher punishment for parole violators...(stunned silence by the crowd)...and world peace. (enthusiastic applause)"

Where I'm really going with this is this: A gay man asked the question. The woman who answered it gave her honest opinion and beliefs, which went against Mr. Question-asker's beliefs. All of the people who believe the same as Mr. Question-asker are crazy mad. But if she had said "Everyone should be able to marry," it would be over. There would be no media uproar in the opposite direction, Miss CA probably would have won, and that's that. Veteran pageant people are saying she should have given a non-committal answer. But she didn't. She said what she truly believed and didn't say what would have appeased the crowd. She spoke honestly. And you know what? Good For Her! Too many people are bending over to the so-called "masses" (which have been proven by elections all over the nation to not be the masses, after all). Political correctness is a crock. She said what she believed. Period, end of sentence. For that, I think she deserves another crown.


Anonymous said...

I agree 100%!!!!!! it is soooo BS.

Anonymous said...

Gee, Candy - don't hold back!!!

One Crazy Chick! said...

This isn't going to be the response you are looking for but I honestly believe that the States refusing to recognize gay marriage is exactly like segregation. It isn't exactly like, it is. And while a large majority of the people who don't see a problem with this segregation have very strong religious beliefs against doesn't make it right for States not to recognize the marriage. Because, didn't Americans fight for a separation of church and state? And marriage means something to a state and that recognition comes with rewards AND everyone should be entitled to those rewards.

Honestly, even if she believes that gay marriage is wrong and hundreds of thousands of people believe what she believes it doesn't make it right to discriminate. And, while hundreds and thousands of people believed that black people didn't deserve the same rights as everyone else, that didn't make it right either.

The uproar over this just shows how vastly divided America still is over the separation of church and state.

Anyway, I hope you don't mind a differing opinion.

Candy said...

Don't mind at all Kandace! I agree with some of what you say, but what's driving me crazy the most isn't what she necessarily said. It's that she said what she believed instead of saying what people wanted to hear, whether she believed it or not. It was an answer to an opinion question and people are all over her. She believes what she does and instead of backing down, she was honest.

People are allowed to disagree with her, but this is absurd. So there are people who don't agree. Agree to disagree and get on with it, instead of going on and on and on about how she's wrong. When it comes to opinions, there is no right or wrong, just right or wrong in how peope view it.

I'm not saying this to you, just in general. You know me loves you!

One Crazy Chick! said...

It's sad that the media is berating her although she is getting MORE attention than the winner. So, really, who is the winner? She is now a household name whereas I have no idea the actual winner's name. I still say she wins and she stayed true to herself:)