Perez Hilton is known for his flamboyant and outrageous behavior
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An openly homosexual blogger and judge of the Miss USA pageant has launched into a full-blown attack on Christian contestant Carrie Prejean – calling her a b-tch and a c—, as well as defacing photos of her with sexually explicit drawings – because she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
At Sunday night’s pageant, Prejean was asked the one question she dreaded most, “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage; do you think every state should follow suit?”
Her answer, which suddenly has made her the center of both praise and scorn, included the words, “In my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be – between a man and a woman.”
Prejean received cheers and applause, along with some boos from the audience. As other contestants watched from backstage, the room was silent.
“A lot of people were shocked,” Miss Vermont told Fox News. “We were all kind of giving each other those eyes, we couldn’t believe it.”
But blogger and celebrity “judge” Mario Armando Lavandeira, also known by alias Perez Hilton, a self-described “queen of all media,” immediately tore into Prejean in a YouTube video he made right after the contest’s conclusion, calling her a “dumb b-tch” and claiming she had given “the worst answer in pageant history.”
He admitted to giving Prejean a zero score.
In a follow-up interview on MSNBC, the flamboyant judge was asked if he had apologized for his reaction, but instead he added to it.
“I don’t apologize,” Hilton said on air. “Over the course of the past 24 hours, the more I’ve thought about it, the more – you know what? – No, I’m going to stand by what I said just like she’s standing by what she said. And I called her the ‘b’ word, and hey, I was thinking the ‘c’ word.”
Prejean, a student at San Diego Christian College, was first runner-up, primarily due to Hilton’s vote.
The outraged pageant judge later displayed a photo of Prejean speaking into the microphone on his website. In place of the mic, he drew a white outline of a penis on her face.
Keith Lewis, executive director of Miss California USA/Teen USA, wrote a supportive letter to Hilton, condemning Prejean.
“As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman,” he wrote. “Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family.”
Prejean, already crowned Miss California, was considered a front-runner in the Miss USA contest, but she knew her answer to that one question might not sit well with the panel, especially Hilton.
“Out of all the topics I studied up on, I dreaded that one; I prayed I would not be asked about gay marriage,” Prejean told the Fox News Channel’s Courtney Friel in an exclusive interview. “If I had any other question, I know I would have won.”
Video of the question and Prejean’s full answer can be seen here:
Despite providing a response that ultimately cost her the crown, Prejean stood by her answer.
“I knew at that moment after I answered the question, I knew, I was not going to win because of my answer, because I had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God,” she told NBC’s “Today” this morning. “I wouldn’t have answered it differently. The way I answered may have been offensive. With that question specifically, it’s not about being politically correct. For me it was being biblically correct.”
Miss Caliornia Carrie Prejean
Hilton also appeared on NBC’s “Today,” explaining that he demands a Miss USA winner be “politically savvy” and that even though Prejean is a Christian, he doesn’t want her “talking about Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, because that’s offensive.”
An audio clip of Hilton’s comments can be heard below:
A legal analyst told Fox News Prejean may have grounds for a discrimination lawsuit.
“It’s her religious beliefs which prompted her to say ‘I don’t believe in same-sex marriages,'” analyst Mercedes Colwin said. “So she was espousing her beliefs,” and has reason to sue for violation of Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on religion.
Hilton’s comments have drawn sharp reaction, even from those who might also disagree with Prejean’s answer.
“I am an openly gay man and a supporter of same sex marriage and I wish Perez Hilton would shut up,” writes syndicated talk show host Charles Karel Bouley in a column on Huffington Post. “This is a person who is famous for smearing snarky and crude things over celebrity photos and following Brittney’s every move. He lives for controversy and is only famous for it.”
However, celebrity Miley Cyrus sided with Hilton in a Twitter conversation.
“Ya that’s lame!” the “Hannah Montana” star wrote. “God’s greatest commandment is to love. And judging is not loving. That’s why Christians have such a bad rep.”
Heidi Montage and Britney Spears also came out in support of Hilton.
But concerned viewers and leading West Coast pro-family organization Save California have blasted the Miss Universe Organization for allowing Hilton to judge the event. Comments on Perez Hilton’s Miss USA biography include the following:
- Shame on the Miss USA organization. This is absolutely your fault. This year, you have single handedly taken down the integrity of the Miss USA pageant and organization. How awful for the new Miss USA that she has had such hard earned glory taken away from her at this time because of the sick media storm that has risen due to the degrading treatment this man is giving to Miss California. I will not be watching next year.
- Trump should speak up. Otherwise, Carrie, my suggestion is a discrimination lawsuit
- I’m contacting my local cable carrier and requesting that they no longer carry VH1 where this fool resides.
- You were not a fair judge. Miss California should not have been given low scores for respecting the choices of all people and disclosing her own. If you can’t respect opposing views, then you should not be a judge for any competition ever!
- Shame on you, Hilton. You are a bigot, and the pageant should fire you!
Concerned individuals may contact the Miss Universe Organization by calling (212)373-4999 or by e-mail.
To send a message to VH 1, the channel that airs Hilton’s shows, call (212)258-6000 or send an e-mail.
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