One of the hurdles that beauty pageant contestants must hurdle effortlessly is proving they have the ability to answer polarizing questions in a way that offends no one. No one who lacks that ability deserves to win a pageant.
Carrie Prejean proved at the Miss USA pageant last spring that she is always determined to have everything her way and that she is always spoiling for a fight, so she did not deserve the crown because she is unsuited for the job. She showed her true character again during her recent interview on “The Larry King Show” (above) when he asked her a question that a gracious and/or mature woman would have seen coming and memorized five or six charming and disarming replies for and then changed the subject. (I am ripping off the “charm and disarm” expression from an episode of “The West Wing.”)
King tossed Prejean a softball that hinted at her masturbation video, which she has acknowledged exists. A pro knows that is her golden opportunity to frame the controversy her way and move on — there’s nothing inappropriate about King’s question at all because THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE. However, Prejean is not a pro, so she did not recognize her golden opportunity for what it was, and instead, she took off her mic and prepared to storm off the set — because, you know, she is just that special — or, more likely, because that is how trailer trash think real ladies behave and Prejean was aiming at aping her betters.
Well, I found Prejean’s fit of pique intolerable. I have to admit that I think Perez Hilton correctly summed up Prejean’s character when he called her “a bitch” and a “cunt” right after the Miss USA pageant last spring. I’ve asked her a question myself — he was right on the money.
But the problem I really want to call my gentle readers’ attention to is NOT whether or not Prejean is … cruel, selfish, domineering and immature.
The problem I want noticed is that the backlash by conservatives from Hilton’s questioning Prejean at the Miss USA pageant, followed by his name-calling, which ought to roll off the back of anyone in public life, SHOULD have been limited to Perez, but instead was vicious and literally murderous toward ALL gays. So, because Perez Hilton, who is FAMOUS for being bratty and rude, was bratty and rude to a beauty queen whose primary career skill is her ability to cause erections, conservatives were quick to condemn THE ENTIRE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY TO LIFE-DESTROYING PERPETUAL SECOND-CLASS CITIZENSHIP. THAT is the level of backlash gays have to cope with. Oh, and we’re all supposed to be submissive and cheerful about it, or else we’ll get more where THAT came from.
In contrast, Islamist jihadist Maj. Nabil Hasan killed 13 of his fellow soldiers — including a woman whose husband and two daughters live not far from me in Havre de Grace, Maryland, Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, a 55-year-old physician’s assistant — and wounded 31 more — yet conservatives are working over-time to parse the distinctions between Muslims and Islamist jihadists AND CALLING FOR NO BACKLASH WHATSOEVER except where it can be proven a crime has been committed or a terrorist act is being planned.
Well, it strikes me that if pretty much everyone — conservatives and liberals alike, despite the real crimes of Hasan and the worlds of hurt he inflicted so maliciously in the name of his religion — is able to make those distinctions with such a provocation, that it’s time to commute the unjust and amoral sentence passed on all homosexuals that we must endure the death of a thousand cuts of second-class citizenship — which is premised solely on our likelihood of reproduction with a same-sex spouse AND the violation of the Constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state — because Perez Hilton called Carrie Prejean a couple of names that she proves over and over that she richly, richly deserves.