The First Non-Bullshit Miss USA Answer

Posted: April 21, 2009 by Nancy Mucciarone in Uncategorized
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It seems like people are always talking about the Miss USA pageant in the days following it, and, for some reason, the conversation usually centers around contestants that didn’t win it. Two years ago, Miss South Carolina was ridiculed for her not so intelligent response to a question about why many Americans cannot locate the US on a map:

“I personally believe the U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh…people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and…I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., err, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our…”

Genius. And just last night, Miss California suffered a similar fate when she answered a question posed by Perez Hilton about her opinion on gay marriage in America:

“Well I think its great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, 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 and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”

Miss California’s answer been criticized by blogs, YouTube response videos, and even the co-director of the Miss California pageant. People are outraged and believe that the lesbian and gay community feels isolated by her answer. Perez Hilton actually said that if she had won the competition, he would have gone on stage and ripped the tiara off of her head.

Seriously guys? Is this a joke?

Personally I’m not really a big fan of beauty pageants. I think they’re basically just a bunch of pretty girls parading around naked and wishing for world peace. Yes, I know there are some intelligent and beautiful girls in the competition that honestly want to become Miss USA to help out the country. But for the most part, it seems like the questions are only there so people can exemplify the fakeness of the pageant. For once, a Miss USA contestant didn’t give a bullshit answer and actually said her true opinion on things. I give this girl so much credit, and in fact, I think that she should have won the pageant because of her true honesty.

Even after all the criticism, Miss California says that she stands by her answer. Sure, her answer may have cost her the crown (she came in second place,) but at least she knows she lost being an honest person. In this day and age, when is the last time that happened?

-Nancy Mucciarone

Comments
  1. KrystieY says:

    Even though she stood up for what she believed in, she could have done so in a much more professional manner. Maybe it’s dull and cliche to always be “politically correct” but we’re talking about Miss America. Great that she took a stand for an issue, but she should have realized how offensive she was being to other people. Miss America is supposed to unite and represent peaceful relations in the U.S., not divide it.

  2. Kate says:

    I may not agree with what she said and my views are different than hers, but I thought she was pretty diplomatic and damn polite. She didn’t say “gays should burn in hell” or that they were inferior. Saying what she did to an openly gay man took a lot of courage and even if you don’t agree with her, it’s a pretty admirable quality. If she said she did believe in allowing same sex marriages, she would also have alienated a lot of people. While I believe that same sex marriage should be legalized and I will argue for the social benefits for it, I respect other people’s opinions that it is not. What I thought was immature was Perez Hilton, but he gives a bad name to gays everywhere. He’s pretty damn obnoxious and comes off extremely shallow in everything I’ve read about him. I wouldn’t put it past him to know her feelings on the issue, ask the question anyway and so he could criticize her for being truthful and cause the controversy on something thats supposed to “Unite America.”

    Although the pageant is controversial in of itself….

  3. Liam says:

    Legalize gay marriage, outlaw idiots from speaking in public!

  4. Katie says:

    I agree with Liam. And Krystie. The sad thing is that Perez’s nasty antics afterwards turned a prejudice bimbo into some sort of martyr.

  5. Junkie1 says:

    Vicious circle. You want peeps to be open minded, but being closed minded to others opinions makes you a hypocrite, too…

    In any case, she doesn’t have any authority so just let it go. Free speech, y’all.

  6. Liam says:

    Free speech for the dumb!

  7. Nancy Mucciarone says:

    No matter what answer she gave, there would be a group of people that were pissed. Had she said that she supported gay marriage, there would probably be a huge group of people that would say it was a terrible answer. Even though she definitely could have phrased it in a better way (like omitting the words “No offense…”) I think its great that she didn’t get caught up in what the judges wanted to hear and said what she believed.

  8. krystieyandoli says:

    Can we actually all just get on board with what katie said and question this entire pageant? I mean seriously, “Miss America…” give me a break.

    At least it’s not the 1950’s and the competition doesn’t depend on how fast and well you can make a bed. (I’m not making that up)

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