“Say what you will about Perez Hilton and the Miss USA pageant,” said Entertainment Weekly, “but when the two collided this weekend something went horribly right—for 59 seconds, anyway.” For that fraction of a minute, Hilton—a gossip blogger and Miss America judge—made the beauty pageant socially relevant by asking Miss California whether other states should legalize gay marriage as Vermont did. Miss California’s stumbling answer—that marriage should be between a man and a woman—might have cost her the crown. (watch Miss California answer Perez Hilton)

“Good for Miss California,” said Johnny Franks in The Chattanoogan. She was asked a loaded question by an openly gay judge, and held to her morals when it would have been so easy to “sacrifice them for the crown.” Shame on everybody who booed her—“since when do we live in a pink Nazi society that censors free speech.”

Even Perez Hilton was impressed by the honesty of Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said Luchina Fisher in ABC News, but he said she deserved to be booed because Miss USA represents everyone. “Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families, and their supporters,” he said.