By Christina Cuevas
By Christina Cuevas
Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger and openly gay judge of Miss USA 2009, insisted on writing his own question for the interview portion of the pageant.
The odds fell on contestant Miss California, Carrie Prejean, to randomly choose his name.
The San Diego Christian College student dreaded the same-sex marriage question out of all the others she had studied.
Hilton read his question with an air of interest, “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage; do you think every state should follow suit?”
Prejean fumbled through the following answer, “We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage…and you know what? 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 and that’s how I think it should be – between a man and a woman.”
Technically there are no wrong answers to this question.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
However, as a contestant in a pageant seen by over 7 million viewers just in the U.S. alone, a structured and sophisticated answer is ideal.
This is especially true since California’s uproar over the passing of Proposition 8, which reversed the previous legalization of same-sex marriage in the state.
Alicia Jacobs, former Miss Nevada USA and a judge during the 2009 pageant, explained to the Los Angeles Times that other than being beautiful, “Miss USA has to be able to think on her feet and answer any question thrown at her in an articulate and non-offensive manner.”
Many of the public, press and openly gay directors of the pageant, were hurt and disappointed by Prejean’s proudly spoken words.
It is the sentiment that her position represents the state of California, yet the consideration of its people’s love and freedom were hardly disclosed in her statement.
Perhaps the rules should have been clearer to Prejean.
It was not only a question of personal belief, but in retrospect, how one would approach this situation and represent the title of Miss USA.
Some Prejean supporters claimed that she had been set up with the question, which could not be accurate because she had chosen Hilton’s name at random.
Others claim that the question was not appropriate for the pageant because a contestant’s answer must be carefully stated so it does not anger too many pro or anti gay marriage supporters, including the judges, audience and home viewers.
But that is precisely the basis of such questions, to see the inner intellect of the contestants.
As other judges admitted to marking Prejean down for the nature of her answer, Hilton admitted to giving her a zero score.
Hilton was outraged by Miss California’s personalized rant and her several attempts to immortalize the debate with various network interviews.
The famous blogger posted a YouTube video after the pageant where he fumes with derogatory terms and claims that Prejean had given “the worst answer in pageant history.”
She stood her ground and gave the judges a biblically correct answer with heartfelt sincerity instead of a politically correct answer that might have won her the Miss USA crown.
For this there should not be any outright slander against Prejean, except Hilton happens to live for controversy and is only famous for it.
Hilton is the self-proclaimed “Queen of all Media.”
In case anyone is confused as to what Hilton does for a living and how he has made a name for himself, picture the most raw and juvenile gossip Web site one could imagine.
Keep in mind that Hilton prides himself on hosting “Hollywood’s Most Hated Web site!”
What Hilton began doing in Prejean’s case is no different from what he does to the other celebrities he targets.
He posted pictures defacing her with sexually explicit drawings and inconceivable lash backs.
He also does this to celebrities he speculates that are hiding in the closet.
After clicking into the Archive of his website for the “Gay Gay Gay” Category, Hilton’s blog from May 6 included a picture of Prejean standing on stage at the pageant as she gave her answer to his question.
Over the microphone that the host held up to Prejean is a hand drawn penis created from the MS Paint program.
In response to Prejean’s moral beliefs he slandered her by stating, “If Prejean doesn’t cool it with her verbal diarrhea to the media, her crown is toast!”
Before this controversy, the only real Hilton fans seemed to be internet junkies that appreciated his sense of humor from his blog and Twitter pages.
Okay I admit to following Hilton on twitter just weeks before any of this surfaced, out of curiosity to who the hell this guy was.
After seeing this guy post 15 to 35 updates a day on Twitter, most of which link stories straight to his blog, I figured this guy had no real life of his own, but rather dedicated it to the lives of others.
Yet, after the pageant made headlines, celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Heidi Montag and Britney Spears came out in support of Hilton.
Despite Prejean’s attempt to give a proper pageant posed answer, she cost herself the Miss USA crown by misdirecting her answer against a large margin of her fellow American people.
Her warning, “No offense to anybody out there,” did little easing to the people who felt affected by the rest of her statement.
Looking at this matter as an unbiased home viewer, Prejean’s not so great answer should not have cost her more than the Miss USA crown.
Opposed to Hilton’s snide remarks to destroy her, Prejean has stayed well composed and humble as she carries on in network interviews.
That is until May 6, when semi-nude pictures of Miss California surfaced on the internet.
Donald Trump reported May 12 that Prejean would retain her title despite the controversy.
She said in a press conference that the pictures where she appears topless were caused by “the wind blowing.”
She also added that these pictures have surfaced from photographers aiming to make a quick buck.
Despite all the recent media controversies that seem to be following her, Prejean has been conducting herself beautifully.