Let me get on my soapbox for a second…
In the Miss USA Pageant the other day one of the finalists was asked a question. Her answer wouldn’t surprise the majority of Americans who agree with her, or the majority of voting California residents, who agree with her. She was asked if she believed in gay marriage. Miss California, Carrie Prejean, replied “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.”
From the reaction of Hollywood and pageant people, I guess they didn’t expect that answer.
Rule #1 on live TV, don’t ask something if you are afraid the answer might not be what you want. She is from CA. Recently 51% voted against gay marriage there. There was an even chance you would get the answer we got. And, really, why is this a big deal? Does anyone really make their mind up about issues like this because Miss USA contestants share their opinions? No offense to these ladies. I am sure they can articulate their views as well as anyone, but no one waits for the Q&A section of the pageant to learn how to view the world. (Of course, we don’t learn that from actors either, or at least we shouldn’t)
So, why the reaction?
I did not watch, but from what I understand, the crowd applauded the answer. On national TV an anti-gay message slipped through. I guess I should not be surprised when those who work in media/entertainment cannot allow a dissenting voice to go unmolested. People are saying she should not have pushed her views on us. After several other communications and interviews, Shanna Moakler (who works with the Miss CA state pageant) tweeted “The MISS CALIFORNIA USA title is NOT supposed to be used to push your own agenda, that is NOT what pageants are about.”
Really, then why was there a question about gay marriage at all, then? She did not run out on stage and start making anti gay remarks. They asked her for her opinion, and she gave it. It would have been forgotten the next day except liberal minded folks couldn’t let an opposing view go unopposed.
Mistake 1- Ask question on TV you didn’t know the answer to.
Mistake 2- Backlash over a non issue.
Mistake 3 would be to not let this die.
If they seek to punish her somehow, or whatever, it will highlight the double standard many in entertainment have when it comes to allowing people to speak their mind.