Monday, April 20, 2009

Miss California

Why the hell is everyone mad at Miss California for honestly answering a question that was posed to her?


Blogger Theophrastus said...

What if she had said, "I'm against miscegenation -- I realize that is a politically incorrect view, but it's my honest opinion: I don't think blacks and whites should be allowed to intermarry." Would your charity still extend to her?

April 20, 2009 7:58 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Well, I guess it depends. You're saying if someone asked her as part of her interview what her views were?

I would probably not be as charitable, but only because I am not a believer in absolute morality. Right now the issue of gay marriage is a lot more undecided by our society than miscegenation and so I feel that it is fair play to state your opinion. In a hundred years, I would be less charitable. I am also much more charitable to Jefferson being a slave owner than I would someone who is a a proponent of slavery today...

April 20, 2009 8:04 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

I would still hold that if someone asks your opinion, in a beauty contest, you should not be penalized for answering honestly. I mean, for Pete's sake, she is not going to be an attorney general.

April 20, 2009 8:05 PM  
Blogger Theophrastus said...

I thought that charm and diplomacy were part of the evaluation criteria at these contests -- perhaps the diplomatic thing to do would have been to give a non-answer.

I have no direct contact with the fashion/beauty industry, so I cannot know if the stereotype is correct or not, but there certainly is a widespread perceptions that an above-average fraction of male participants in it that sector are gay. Speaking so bluntly may have been seen as a deliberately provocative remark.

April 20, 2009 8:14 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Agreed. It's rather disgusting, particularly as she's coming from a state which democratically voted to agree with her. Her views aren't just acceptable, but in the majority in her own state.

April 20, 2009 8:19 PM  
Blogger Acher said...

I don't get why that question is even asked in a beauty pageant. And certainly one shouldn't be penalized for an honest response.

April 20, 2009 8:32 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...


Honestly, who?

I live in California, and I don't have a clue who this woman is.

Nor do I have any problem with her stating her opinion - anyone who seriously appreciates the opinion of a beauty contestant needs more help than we can give them, and counts for far less than the average voter.
It isn't her mind we're trying to change - we aren't interested in her mind (she's a beauty contest participant, nuff said), but in changing the law to allow civil marriage between two people of the same gender.

And by the way, Ezzie, my state is insane. But you already knew that.

April 21, 2009 1:28 PM  

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