Ordinarily the Miss USA pageant doesn't drum up much attention. That is, of course, unless one of the contestants says something remarkably unintelligent or highly controversial. This year happened to be one of those years as Miss California, Carrie Prejean, answered a direct question with an honest answer.
Perez Hilton, the well-known celebrity blogger, was one of the celebrity judges and asked Prejean how she felt about the legalization of gay marriage. In a relatively gracious manner, she shared that she felt that marriage should be between a man and woman. Well, that was not the answer that Hilton was looking for and he has gone on the attack since.
The clip below includes Miss California's answer during the pageant's telecast and some remarks from Hilton the day after. Please clip here if the video player doesn't show up.
What I find interesting is that Perez feels that Prejean's belief that marriage should be reserved for a man and woman does not represent all Americans. Well, of course it doesn't! This is a divisive issue that Americans don't agree on. Does he feel that had she answered that she supported gay marriage that it would represent all Americans?! That answer would have "alienated" and "divided" even more Americans. Perhaps it was Hilton who was the one attempting to be alienating and divisive.
Whether Hilton, an openly gay man, wants to admit it or not, there are millions of Americans that hold to the belief that those of the same sex should not be able to get married. And many of us have that belief on the basis of holy Scripture, including Miss California. The reality is that those of us that seek to a life based on the Bible are going to encounter disagreement and persecution. Our worldview often goes against the grain of what is popularly accepted opinion. This should not surprise us nor threaten us.
In fact, Jesus told us that we should expect these kinds of things to happen. Prejean has admirably held to her opinion and remained steadfast to what she said. Hilton, on the other hand, has given a greater indication of his maturity level when he decided to refer to Prejean as a b****. When asked in the clip above if he apologized for that, he held to what he said and gleefully shared that he was actually thinking of calling her an even crasser derogatory word for females. Real classy, Perez.
Just as Carrie Prejean is entitled to her opinion, so is Perez Hilton. I don't have a problem with him holding a belief that contradicts my own. But if he's going to ask a question of someone in a public forum and not be prepared to receive an answer he disagrees with then maybe he should ask himself if he's really the one that is intolerant.