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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Crown of Bedazzled Thorns

OK. Maybe I’ve been in a vacuum for the past few weeks but why are Miss California and Donald Trump having a press conference? We have an economy in decline, jobs disappearing every day, two wars, constant threats to National Security, and we got these two follicle enhanced yahoos taking up air time.

Let’s see if I can get this straight. During the pageant, Carrie Prejean was asked, by Perez Hilton, her thoughts on gay marriage. First of all, why was Perez Hilton judging this thing? I mean that's like having Harry Knowles judge the Westminster Dog Show. Anyway, her response to Perez's (is that spelled right?) question was that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Let it be noted that California has been a hot bed of activity over the can they/can’t they get married debate, thanks to the Prop 8 passage back in November.

Now, let me preface the rest of my sarcasm with the following statement. It is not up to me whether same sex couples can 'get married.' My opinions are just that. In any case, I am of no importance in this debate. I am a simple amateur blogger with an Internet connection and a lack of self control over my rant reflex. Do I think there should be a law one way or the other? No. This is the whole problem with separation of church and state. Why does one influence the other in this matter? I think it’s ridiculous that in the 21st century and with the changes that have occurred in this country that this is even an issue. All people should be allowed the same rights and benefits no matter who they are and they should be allowed to call it whatever they want. The very fact that this is an issue is in direct violation of the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

With that being said, I detest that Perez Hilton pulled the pin on this grenade and tossed it into the room. He knew exactly what he was doing. It was premeditated and wrong. Now, as to her response. Narrow minded as it was, it’s an opinion and everyone is allowed to have one. A wise bumper sticker once said, "Opinions are like assholes, everybody has them....except for Angels and Barbie Dolls. They can't say anything due to their lack of anatomy."

What is really deplorable here is the retaliatory moves made in the following weeks. Apparently, some questionable photos surfaced showing Ms. Prejean in less than concealing clothes. Gee, a model took some photos with some skin showing… wow. We’ve just been thrown back into the McCarthy era. However, if those photos were in direct violation of the rules and regulations of the Miss America Pageant, then by all means she should have been stripped of her crown, just like the other scandalous young adults with their free thinking and alcohol experimentation. Don't you see, they’re ruining society for the rest of us. How dare they be young? Of course, Donald Trump set the precedent because with his refusal to demote previous pageant contestants, I guess he needs the ratings, which is probably why television news stations are devoting time to this non issue-issue.

What is despicable is the fact that they are still calling into question her response to the gay marriage issue. That opinion has no bearing on her ability to adhere to rules and regulations set forth by the pageant. It’s free speech and an opinion. They didn’t go after her until the photos came up. And exactly who found and leaked the photos? Two guesses.

The media latches on and plays the devil's advocate and prosecutor to the proceedings. The left and right winged media analyzes everything from her vocal inflections to a single blade of turf that wags on Trump's head. The Stock Market falls three points but her Q rating is through the roof as is the market share Celebrity Apprentice gains next week. Why does this qualify as news? It's a pageant. The Taliban doesn't care whether or not Miss Ohio dropped her baton during the talent portion.

Simply, if the girl broke the rules, get rid of her. Don’t have a press conference. Don’t over analyze the entire situation. She broke a rule by posing, not by talking. Although, the whole spin on this is laughable. Quite frankly, her recount of what happened is only less credible than those reasons given to Chris Hansen by predators who come into the house of 13 year old girl with a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 and a bouquet of flowers bought at the gas station.

Yet, to keep the story alive and relevant in the media, we have to keep going back to that statement….sorry opinion, she made during the pageant. Perhaps the world is tired of hearing about the economy, the car companies filing for bankruptcy, the problems in Pakistan and Iran, the pirates in Somalia, the health care problems, the recession, the social security disintegration, and the like.

In other news, I hear Octomom, Nadya Suleman, is pregnant again, Jon Gosselin is the father and they are going to live in the Big Brother House next season with Guantanamo Bay released detainees. My DVR is set to stunned.

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