The Miss California hypocrisy
By Allan R. Ellenberger
May 16, 2009
As most people know who read my blog on a regular basis, I rarely get political. My agenda is to discover the history of anything Hollywood. But the recent Miss USA debacle really ticked me off. So please bear with me while I vent.
Everyone knows about Carrie Prejean, the current Miss California, who was asked about gay marriage and the reaction that resulted from her answer. She claims her rights were violated – that her freedom of speech was blocked and she was punished for speaking her mind.
Wait a minute, how was her freedom of speech taken away from her and how was she punished? She was asked a question and was allowed to give her opinion. She wasn’t immediately taken off the stage and put on a truck to the nearest concentration camp. Billy Bush (Miss USA host) did not hold her down and brand an “A” on her forehead.
She gave her opinion and there was feedback to that opinion. Miss California has to understand that that’s the way it works. Just because she wasn’t pleased with the response does not mean her freedoms were obstructed. There were just as many people who supported her opinion.
Personally I don’t care what Miss California thinks about gay marriage or any subject for that matter. But she is entitled to that opinion and to vocally express it, whether I agree with her or not — and I would fight for her right to have that freedom. But people are also entitled to respond to her opinion whether she likes the response or not. What bothers me is the hypocrisy she expressed in the press conference when Donald Trump allowed her to keep her crown. At one point she said:
“My grandfather served under General Patton in World War II and is someone I admire greatly. He never spoke about the Battle of the Bulge that he participated in as a rifleman or the honorary medals he received because of his bravery. But he did speak about the freedom he fought for and taught me to never back down and never let anyone take those freedoms away from you.
“On April 19, on that stage, I exercised my freedom of speech and I was punished for doing so. This should not happen in America. It undermines the Constitutional rights that my grandfather fought for.”
It sounds to me that she is trying to obstruct her opponents freedom of speech. For anyone to disagree or express opposition to her opinion should not happen in America? I don’t think so.
Well Miss California, my father also fought in World War II, received medals and fought for my rights. The difference is that on November 4, 2008, my rights were taken away from me.
As many of the evangelical right like to practice what I call a “cafeteria” approach to the Bible (where they pick-and-chose what they believe), it seems Miss California likes to do the same with the Constitution. She’s evidently for freedom of speech but not for equal rights.
The last time I looked, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution — that her grandfather fought for — said:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
It appears she and many others disagree with that section of the Constitution.
So Miss California, please stand up and give your opinions on gay marriage or any subject you chose, and do it with my blessings (not that you care). But if someone disagrees with you, stop being a cry-baby and take it on the chin. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the pageant. That is my opinion.