Miss California, Carrie Prejean, thinks she lost the Miss USA title by being honest about her disapproval of gay marriage, said Alex Spillius in Britain’s The Daily Telegraph. But honesty has its advantages. In the week following the pageant, Prejean has become a “right-wing pin-up” for having the courage to stand up for her beliefs. (watch Miss California Carrie Prejean in the Miss USA pageant)
Prejean may be popular in some circles, said Marc Malkin in E!, but she’s a pariah in Hollywood. TV and movie stars are lining up to express their disgust. Burlesque star Dita von Teese said “it’s pretty pathetic” that some people don’t think everyone deserves the same rights. And gossip columnist Perez Hilton—the Miss USA judge who asked Prejean her views on gay marriage—mocked Prejean for saying she would pray for him.
Hilton has said far worse than that, said Ed Morrissey in Hot Air, such as calling Prejean a “b***h.” And Prejean says pageant officials warned her not to talk about her religious faith. The first sign of controversy, and pageant organizers want Prejean to "shut up, smile," and "apologize for having an opinion. What a breakthrough for women."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend
- The simple trick to making better decisions in every aspect of life
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
- How foreign aid screwed up Liberia's ability to fight Ebola
- America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop
Subscribe to the Week