Okay, I know I’ve lain low from blogging for a week so maybe that’s the reason. Or maybe it’s because I absolutely abhor the stereotype of women being ogled for their physical attributes. I’m sorry… I didn’t see you there! You probably have no clue what I’m talking about do you? Well, let me clue you in. I’m on a rant about the unconscionable happenings in the most recent Miss USA pageant. For the record allow me to state that I personally see no redeeming value in these types of voyeuristic events. An event that propagates the idea that ogling women while they’re wearing as skimpy a bikini as they can dare to get away with and still remain half-way decent, is, in my estimation a worthless venture that demeans the real value of women. But that’s not why I’m ‘frosted’ today. No, I’m frosted because of something that happened during the event.
Miss California was asked her opinion about legalizing same-sex marriages. Here’s how the news media reported her response:
“The tall blonde stumbled some before giving an answer that appeared to please the pageant audience.
"We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage," Prejean said. "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."”
"It's ugly," said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his partner. "I think it's ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are."”
What exactly did Scott want her to say? I know, don’t answer that. What he wanted was for her to deny what she believes simply because it differs from what he believes, right? As much as I despise the concept, isn’t the idea of a beauty pageant just that, as opposed to a winner based on personal convictions about controversial subjects? How does Scott conclude that she doesn’t deserve “first runner-up” simply because of her convictions about gay-marriages? Besides, when did Scott become the authority for reporting empirical truth? 95 percent of the people in the audience don’t share Miss California’s values? At what point did Scott conduct the poll that determined that decidedly authoritative percentage? Did Scott “look around the audience” and tell us “how many gay men there [were] are”?
These baseless, brainless, and obnoxious diatribes serve no useful purpose (just like the pageants themselves), but, if we are going to ask questions of the women parading themselves before the world so that the world can determine who the most beautiful one is, then we must at least be willing to live with their answers whether they fit our stereotype and political ideology or not? There. I’m done. Now it’s your turn.