Tomorrow our national news media will be covering an announcement of epic proportions. Will Carrie Prejean get to keep her crown as Miss California?
Carrie has been making headlines for the last two weeks, ever since she publicly stated her view on marriage during the Miss Universe pageant. Carrie believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Perez Hilton, the gay celebrity stalker who posed the question, did not agree (obviously).
Immediately after the pageant, controversy erupted. Conservative Christians applauded Prejean’s answer, quickly inviting her to speak at churches. Conservative talk radio praised her. Liberals like Perez made hateful, condescending statements. News leaked that Prejean had breast implants put in about six weeks before the pageant. The most recent faux pax? Four semi nude pictures online, taken while Prejean was in high school.
Donald Trump has reemerged as Mr. Ethics Expert. (Remember the last Miss Universe pageant when Trump gave Tara Conner a “second chance” for her drinking and drug problems?) Today he is currently “reviewing” Prejean’s racy photos (a horribly tough job for him, I’m sure) in order to determine whether or not Prejean gets to keep her crown.
So, here are my thoughts, plain and simple: I’m disappointed.
I’m disappointed in a country that allows young girls to turn into young women who parade their bodies around on stage in skimpy bathing suits.
I’m disappointed that, in an event which is so steeped in sexuality, some would argue Perez Hilton’s question as inappropriate. The root of his question boils down to sexuality. If the pageant wasn’t all about women parading around in bikinis, I might think that question was not fit for such a forum.
I’m disappointed that Hilton got upset when Prejean didn’t give the answer he wanted. What he’s taught future contestants it to just lie if they have an answer that judges might not like.
I’m disappointed that churches embraced Prejean so quickly after she gave her answer. A beauty queen, fake boobs or not, doesn’t belong in a church to preach about gay marriage.
But ultimately, I’m disappointed in Prejean. While I know that no one is perfect–or close to it–I don’t know why Prejean would openly speak to churches about what’s sexually appropriate and inappropriate in relationships when she has made several choices that, to me, show she isn’t following God’s design for modesty.
What do you think?