Here She Is – Miss California
Well, the Carrie Prejean thing is all done and she will remain Miss California USA.
This entire last month has been an amazing firestorm events for this young lady. From being fried by “Judge #8″ and ripped by his hate-filled and incindiary comments, to images that were released of her in violation of professional confidence, to the cultural backlash that ensued from it all, Miss Prejean has gone through more harsh weather than people twice her age. She has held herself well, shown grace to those who deserve less, and done so in a remarkable way that would make any parent proud.
Donald Trump, today, held a press conference to announce the fate of Miss Prejean and to take questions about all that has happened. It would seem that there was hours of conversation between the Miss California organization, Trump, Prejean, her parents, and other decision makers. This conservative is glad to see that common sense, understanding, and wisdom ruled the day. Emotions were put into check and the facts were made known. In the end, we arrived at the right conclusion here.
There are those who still will criticize Prejean for her beliefs. Of course, if you don’t want to know someone’s beliefs, don’t ask about them. There were those who will blast her about modeling photographs, many of which had no business being published. Prejean’s more gracious than I would be. I’d slap that dude with a lawsuit so fast it would make his head spin.
Did Prejean inject her own bias into the question, taking opportunity to be politically active on the national stage? I don’t think so. Did she answer the question she was asked? Not explicitly. Was she treated unfairly for her response? You bet she was.
The exact question here from Judge #8 was, “Vermont became the fourth state in the US to legalize same sex marriage. Do you believe other states should follow suit? Why or why not?”
How would you answer the question? Would you say, “it’s up to the states to decide?” How about a personal opined answer of, “I believe or don’t believe in same-sex marriage.” She was asked “why or why not” which to me, implies personal opinion. When put on the national stage, there’s no telling how one of us would react or answer to a question that tagged an issue that is controversial and politically charged.
Judge #8′s reaction the next day on his blog made it very clear that the question was not because he wanted to assess a contestant’s composure or ability to answer a tough question. It was based on a hidden agenda. Both Prejean and Trump acknowledged this, Trump even noting the low marks given by Judge #8, who is very much a strong advocate for gay marriage and makes no qualms to be an activist (“He’s doing his thing”, Trump said.). Prejean disagreed with him and for that, she was penalized. It was uncertain that Judge #8′s scores threw the Miss USA title out of Prejean’s reach, but it certainly offered her no help.
The thing to remember isn’t whether Prejean had to answer a tough question – it was whether those questions arise out of a dutiful sense to agenda or an assessment of composure when asked a hard question. That, to me, seems to be the point here. I don’t think the question was particularly tough for her, since she gave her answer quickly. She understood that there would be people who would not like her answer and she did disclaim that her answer was not to cause offense. And she gave her answer, unashamed and with confidence.
America is a land of diverse opinion and belief. The beauty of America is that our law allows people to believe as they will and to voice those opinions as they will. Prejean said some very wise words that I believe would be in keeping with the Founders. She noted that people should stand for what they believe, not be afraid to voice their opinion, and especially not let anyone deprive you of your opinion, just because it makes them uncomfortable.