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5/16/2010

Politically Correct Pageants

Filed under: Immigration — DRJ @ 8:20 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Last year at the 2009 Miss USA pageant, Californian Carrie Prejean said she knew she would lose after being asked a question about gay marriage:

“Miss California Carrie Prejean is disappointed she didn’t win the Miss USA pageant after her answer to question on gay marriage from blogger Perez Hilton sparked controversy, but says she’s proud she stayed true to her beliefs and wouldn’t change the response – even though she believes it cost her the crown.

Prejean, who was first runner up, appeared Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Today” show and when host Matt Lauer asked if she’d alter her answer if given a “do-over,” she said no.

“I did not want to offend anybody, but I think with that question specifically, it’s not about being politically correct, for me it was being biblically correct,” she told Lauer.

During Sunday night’s competition, Hilton asked Prejean if she felt all states should move toward allowing same-sex marriage – to mirror the efforts of states like Vermont and California.

She said, “I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other … same sex marriage or opposite marriage,” then added, “I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman … that’s how I was raised.”

Hilton later ranted about Prejean on his celebrity blog and called her some nasty names.

Hilton went on CNN’s Larry King Live Monday night while Prejean spoke about the incident the same night to Fox News – fielding questions on whether she thought her answer cost her the crown.

“Out of all the topics I studied up on, I dreaded that one. I prayed I would not be asked about gay marriage. If I had any other question, I know I would have won,” she said in the Fox News interview.”

Tonight was the 2010 Miss USA pageant and Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard was named first runner-up after answering a question about Arizona’s immigration law:

“Woolard handled the night’s toughest question, about Arizona’s new immigration law. Woolard said she supports the law, which requires police enforcing another law to verify a person’s immigration status if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally.

She said she’s against illegal immigration but is also against racial profiling.

“I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America,” Woolard said. “So I think it’s perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.”

“The Office” actor Oscar Nunez was booed as he asked the question and asked the audience to wait until he finished the question before they reacted. The panel of judges came up with the questions themselves.”

Sounds like another Prejean moment, if not for the fans then for the judges.

– DRJ

32 Responses to “Politically Correct Pageants”

  1. The pageants should begin to include a caveat: contestants who hold conservative views need not apply.

    aunursa (2680ce)

  2. There are several ironic things about this pageant:

    While runner-up Morgan Elizabeth Woolard was asked the “toughest question of the night” re Arizona and will no doubt be labeled racist for her answer, winner Rima Fakih was asked a much simpler question and gave the expected popular answer re whether birth control should be covered by health insurance. (Her profound answer: Yes, because it’s costly.”).

    Another interesting irony to me is that winner, Rima Fakih is from Dearborn, Michigan and is a Muslim-Christian and yet participated in the bathing suit competition, lingerie photo shoot, as well as strapless evening gown, etc. How does this square with the Muslims and the community of Dearborn?

    And finally, this leads to even greater irony: Carrie Prejean was raked through the coals for her un-p.c. answer to the gay marriage question (which was consistent with our President) and then faced a firestorm over her suggestive vids and yet this year the pageant decided to have contestant photos depicting each girl in very suggestive lingerie a la Victoria’s Secret. Maybe that would fall under hypocrisy rather than being ironic.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  3. Actually, a number of blogs have actually pointed out that the winner is a supporter of the terror group Hezb’allah and that the wearing of a bikini is actually part of taqiyyah (lying to the enemy as an allowed tactic).

    Debbie Schlussel gives the details on this.

    Sabba Hillel (dd522e)

  4. Woolard can wear a swatika.
    Fakih can wear a burqa.
    I’ll bring a rain coat.

    Wow…. Donald has done some great work making Miss USA relevant again.

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  5. Yawn, who cares. Wake me when some important news comes, something like oil spills in the gulf, economic poverty in the US, nuclear missile strikes in north Korea. You now, real news…..

    Ahab (e370d8)

  6. So, overt corruption in the Miss USA Pageant isn’t news to the one who’s stuck to a sinking leviathan? I guess you’ll just have to call me unimpressed.

    It sure looks like the fix may be in for pretty girls who won’t knuckle under to PC coercion. The so-called judges select questions designed to provide an excuse to punish beauties from disfavored categories, and then they toss soft balls to babes who can be counted on to grin for the cameras while expressing pre-approved opinions. It’s called a PR propaganda platform.

    Young girls all over America are watching and learning that it’s not a good idea to think for themselves, or at least to say what they think on TV.

    ropelight (0433f3)

  7. Are not all these types of pageants losing popularity right now and the questions are just a way to stoke controversy so they’ll “get noticed”?

    Andy (b63f79)

  8. For some reason, the idea of my daughters being in a pageant is noxious.

    JD (b537f4)

  9. Now pictures of Fakih participating in a Stripper 101 contest have been noticed. Mojo, the DJ involved doesn’t want Fakih stripped of her title, but wasn’t Vanessa Williams stripped of her title for stripping for the camera?

    http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/17/miss-usa-rima-fakih-stripping-contest-photos-emerge/?test=faces

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  10. PCD, if memory serves, I believe the crux of it was rug munching, or at least the perception of it.

    ropelight (0433f3)

  11. Forgive me if I can’t get worked up over the “unfairness” to Miss Prejean and Miss Woolard. As far as I am concerned, anyone who gets involved in an enterprise run by that jackass Donald Trump gets what they deserve.

    JVW (08e86a)

  12. Rope, rug munching? The pic up is her in a bar type scene stripping. Other women are pictured off to the right in various stages of undress.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  13. Oh, is there a Fatwa on Fakih?

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  14. mmm… asking what the miss america contestants thought was almost assuredly done to give cover to men, so they could basically watch women in bathing suits. Its sort of like the articles in playboy.

    So what began as bull has morphed into something horrible.

    Seriously, sorry, but i could care less what these women had to say. Are there anyone who watches those things who goes?

    “Wow, look at her cranium. She must have such a big brain.”

    “I heard she had work done.”

    But then again, it genates buzz, now doesn’t it? so i have a feeling the pagent officials tickled that anyone cares about the pageant.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  15. It’s too much for conservatives to consider that she won because she was the better contestant. No, there must be a conspiracy against good, god fearing, white girls. Conservatives – It’s a disgrace you’re allowed to call yourselves Americans.

    NTO (545d85)

  16. #12, PCD, it was an unfortunate allegation about Ms Williams to which I unwisely referred. But, as to Ms Fakih’s pics, she certainly looks like a happy, healthy, well adjusted, young woman who’s in great shape. I’m impressed.

    ropelight (8b665e)

  17. #15, NTO, I’m proud to be an American, I’ve earned that right, and I’ve also earned the right to my own opinions, and even the right to express them freely and openly.

    If there’s any disgrace here, it’s on you.

    ropelight (8b665e)

  18. A.W. at #14.

    It appears to me that you are being inconsistent from thread to thread. Elsewhere you have said that men are moral beings who should be expected to exercise self control and it should make no difference how much “flesh” is exposed.

    Perhaps you are equating morality with outward behavior, and a man can lust all he wants as long as he doesn’t touch. There certainly is much positive to be said about that minimal standard of morality, at least in terms of life in civilized society. As far as being moral in an over-arching, eternal destiny sense, not so much so, but then that is not necessarily in everyone’s ethical calculations.

    MD in Philly (ea3785)

  19. MD

    > It appears to me

    It appears to me that you are projecting your own prudishness upon me.

    Try a pop quiz.

    Did I say that it is okay for someone to spontaneously rape these women?

    Did I say that I morally disapproved of the pageant?

    Or did I just express that part of it was complete BS?

    What a maroon.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  20. A.W.

    Have a nice day.

    MD in Philly (ea3785)

  21. A.W., this sniping against MD in Philly has to stop.

    nk (db4a41)

  22. i first saw Vanessa Williams on the Miss USA pageant, she was so beautiful in the old days.””

    Isaiah Roberts (9fc58f)

  23. former miss usa Vanessa Williams is a beautiful woman even by Today’s standards”::

    Ashley Martinez (6708b0)

  24. I’ve seen Carrie Prejean in person and i would have to say that she is just average looking.~’

    Isaac Gonzalez (f2cdba)

  25. i remember Vanessa Williams as miss usa or something~~`

    Dylan White (0bf300)

  26. Carrie Prejean is quite pretty and i have a big crush on her too.”

    Louis Price (c37bc9)

  27. Vanessa Williams have very beautiful eyes, i love those eyes~.-

    Nonstick Cookware Set  (498d6e)

  28. i would have to agree that Carrie Prejean has a great body but her face is not that pretty at all’”~

    Necklace Holder  (3cd7d2)

  29. Carrier Prejean is not that pretty but she has a very perfect body *

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