Wednesday, April 22, 2009

California Dreaming

Watching the Miss USA pageant would have been torture for me, but I have read and viewed several clips about this weekend's show.

Apparently Miss California was in the running to secure the crown until she opened her mouth during the question segment. Perez Hilton asked her if she thought gay marriage should be legalized throughout the U.S. She balked, and then stated that in her country, er family, marriage was between a man and a woman.

Perez cut her with his eyes, some audience members booed and others cheered. And she lost.

Now my problem with this answer is her lack thereof. I don't really care how Miss CA was raised, even though I was raised the same way. As, I have recently learned in my Critical Thinking class, when giving an argument you should lay out why you believe the way you do, and how it is right. Miss CA neglected to do that.

In all probability Perez would have tanked her even if she gave him a thoughtful answer. But the fact that she did not rankles me. Why should your worldview be the law by which everyone else should abide. Don't we have laws that protect justice and equality.

Miss California not only simplified an issue that deserves open and honest debate, but she smiled while doing it. All things being equal, I think I would have booed her too.