I don’t normally pay attention to all these beauty pageants, but this year’s Miss USA pageant was something I actually watched (simply because there was nothing else to watch on TV that night). I used to love watching beauty pageants when I was a kid, most especially Miss Universe, but as of late I just lost touch. I don’t normally write stuff about beauty pageants like this, but as mentioned, this one was somewhat different.
So, we got the current Miss California here, Carrie Prejean. She was 1st runner-up in Miss USA with the speculation of the final question she was asked that got her to bring out her true beliefs, and of all the questions that was asked, it had to do with one of the most controversial issues that us Californians are facing at the moment: gay marriages. A lot are thinking that it’s a trick question or that it was a type of question that would guarantee Prejean’s “downfall” in the pageant knowing how majority of this people are becoming a lot more liberal-minded and getting in to the concept of “free love” (not that it’s a bad thing…). It was also a test for any Californian to express their view regarding this controversial issue of gay marriages from their own words as well.
Now, I was one of the Californians who voted against Prop 8, but I can’t argue the fact that there are other Californians who are conservatively-minded when it comes to the concept of marriage. I don’t blame those people anyway. If we’re speaking about religions, the highest population by religion belong to the Roman Catholic Church, which means the belief of marriage is only between a man and a woman is fully recognized. At the same time, California is very diverse (considering that we’re the most populous state in the entire country), not just by race or by religion, but by background and upbringing as well. San Francisco‘s own Castro District is haven to many LGBTs in this state, if not for the entire country, and a lot of things promoting gay rights happened at that particular district. I was raised a Catholic, therefore I personally absorb many of the teachings from that religion, however as a Californian overall, LGBTs are as human as everyone else, and they have their own beliefs too. I admire different people who stand up for what they believe in general, and without those people, a lot of us who are different from the norms would not have a peaceful, fulfilling life and would have to go somewhere else where everyone accepts anyone.
Although, there are some things that I think that’s just way too much and overboard. The issue with Prejean and the Miss California crown was one of them. Obviously with the way she answered about the gay marriage issue in the Miss USA pageant, she was raised a Christian (I don’t know exactly what Christian sect, but definitely Christian— unless if I’m wrong). At the same time, it wasn’t as if she was persecuting every LGBT in the entire country that they should not have the right to marry. All she did was to answer that question honestly. After all, we want a beauty representative who not only would look beautiful on the outside, but to also stay true to herself on the inside, which would make that person beautiful on the inside too. We don’t want a hypocrite to represent our home state and eventually the country too now, would we? We know that Prop 8 was passed due to voter count last year and I know that LGBTs are very uptight about what’s going on right now (let’s not mention the economy and the rising unemployment rate— I’m tired talking about them now), but to attack someone who has a belief different from them and smear her name all over the place was practically uncalled for. Ah, freedom of speech… let’s add freedom of religion too while we’re at it.
About Prejean’s semi-nude pics posted all over the net and on print. The key word to that is semi-nude, which is a little different from Vanessa Williams’ stint when she won the Miss USA pageant several years ago and then stripped her off her crown because of her full-nude photos at Playboy Magazine. The pageant did state that a contestant must not have any nude poses before her entry in the peagent. And jeez… semi-nude? Wouldn’t that mean that two-piece bikini/swimsuit pics of women seen on magazines such as Sports Illustrated considered being semi-nude? Enough is enough, people. If people— celebrities included— complain that they have the right to be who they are, wouldn’t this be the same case with Prejean?
Let’s just face it, people. We’re all hypocrites, one way or the other. If you all think that Prejean is being “hypocritical” about her anti-gay marriage beliefs and then posing semi-nude on photos at the same time (in terms of her being a “conservative” Christian), then you’re also being a hypocrite for not giving Prejean the right to be herself.
Good decision, Mr. Donald Trump (though I’m not getting you with your “This is the 21st Century” comment…). We need more beauty queens (princesses?) like Miss Prejean, who knows how to stay true to themselves more than just going around looking beautiful to everyone’s eyes. It’s people like her (basing on the way she answered to a question in general) that makes California such a wonderful place to live (I’m not saying all the other states are being “fake”, so don’t get the wrong idea), which also makes me a proud and happy Californian. I’m not exactly big on the (semi-?) nude pics in general, but hey, that’s Prejean’s choice. I don’t think it hurts anyone (unless if you’re really hardcore with your own beliefs and emotions) at all.
Although, it would be really nice to have Vanessa Williams get her rightful title back. She’s one of my favorite artists all around and she had gone a long way to success despite of the beauty pageant scandal that lost her title. She still is a beautiful person to me no matter what and she deserved that title no matter what.
Now that I thought about it as I write this out, why do we even have beauty pageants in the first place? The world is still a shallow place to live until today, I’m afraid. What’s with the “this is the 21st century comment” anyway? It doesn’t even apply to the entire world!
Yes, people. The media owns us all.