Skip to comments.The Real Miss USA Scandal
Posted on 05/30/2009 8:19:36 PM PDT by markomalley
Can we talk about Carrie Prejean?
Over the past several weeks, it has been perfectly impossible to avoid hearing the latest news about Miss California. I know because I have tried.
First, there was the media coverage of her "controversial" statement that marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. I bumped into those headlines on the Google News homepage for days on end.
Then came the inevitable ugly responses in the blogosphere, followed by a leaking of racy photos, a breathless wait for Donald Trump's final decision on whether Prejean would keep her crown, and finally -- predictably -- a potential Fox News gig for the controversial young lady.
In the end, Prejean's agreement with President Barack Obama's position on same-sex marriage might have cost her the title of Miss USA, but her ill-advised previous photo shoots did not cost her the title of Miss California. Not that she needs the title for any kind of publicity at this point anyway.
Through all of the news coverage of the Prejean "controversy" and "scandal," I felt there was one real scandal the press failed to acknowledge. And that was this: Why on earth was a woman attempting to answer political questions about a serious subject matter . . . while parading herself on stage in a ball gown and a bikini with heels?
Did I miss something? Why did the entire world, with its focus on the "controversies" in the weeks following the Miss USA pageant, seem to pretend that this combination of the bikini, the heels, and the ponderous questions made any sense whatsoever?
Well, I'll go first: The Miss USA Pageant is a joke at best and a scandal at worst, because it exploits women's bodies and mocks their minds.
It was particularly disturbing to me, as a woman and as a mother, to learn that Ms. Prejean's recent breast augmentation surgery was suggested, scheduled, and paid for by the Miss USA pageant in the weeks between her victory at the Miss California pageant and the national competition.
Pageant official Keith Lewis explained,
I know so many women that have done the procedure and feel better about themselves and the way they present themselves. And I think that the question is, whether or not, when you're looking at that procedure as an option, am I going to feel better about myself?
He's got one thing right. Plastic surgery is about how women feel about themselves. But it's things like pageant-funded breast "enhancements" that are creating a world where even a beautiful woman requires surgery in order to feel good about herself.
It was bad enough when I believed beauty pageants were machines that profit by selling the "product" of beautiful women. But it turns out they are machines that manufacture a "product" of surgically enhanced female bodies that meet naturally impossible standards of feminine beauty.
To which I say: Stay away from my daughters, people.
But I can't keep all of it away from my daughters. One recent day at the supermarket, I noticed my five-year-old daughter looking at a glamorous cover image on a magazine.
"You know . . ." I began.
"I know, I know," she interrupted me. "It's not real."
Apparently we've talked about this before.
Right there in the supermarket, though, I wanted to turn her face from the image, grab hold of her shoulders, and say, "That's right. It's not real. And don't you ever forget what is real -- the kind of beauty you cultivate in your heart, mind, and soul when you love and serve God by loving and serving others. Don't forget that your immortal soul is the most beautiful thing you can imagine. And always remember that God gave you great gifts, only some of which you can see on the outside, and none of which requires surgery for perfecting."
I do sometimes say those kinds of things to my daughters. But I think the most effective lesson I will ever teach them about true feminine beauty and real womanhood will come from the example I set by living it myself.
So here goes. My daughters are watching.
Personally, I don't see that it was needed surgery, but I guess I can see how it would make her more competitive for her competition.
I think her ear lobes look fine in bothe pictures...
If 1a and 1b are Grade A, the boobage is just icing. Meaning it's nice to have, but damn I'm gonna eat that cake regardless.
On the other hand, there's loads of fat and/or ugly chicks with big boobs it really doesn't make them any more attractive and if it does, it does so only marginally.
She has ears?
my dad would have asked “did you see her ankles?” but what I want to know is the lovely lady that won the Miss USA (our choice as well)where is her 15 minutes? hope we see her again soon.
“She has ears?”
Yeah, sure...you don’t have a wife posting on here too, do you? Thought not...yeah, nice lobes...
The biggest scandal for me is why a gay man is judging women in a beauty pagent. That never made any sense to me. As someone who occasionally enjoys the red-blooded, all-American sexism involved in comparing hot women in bikinis and evening gowns, I don’t want Perez Hilton making any critical decisions on my behalf. My two cents.
“my dad would have asked did you see her ankles?
MY DAD - Master Chief Duntno - would have poked me with his elbow and said “how would you like one of THOSE full of ice cream?” But not until I was 12...
She had nice breasts before but at that level of competition who knows what is called for in that world.
I just get a little thrill every time I hear her struggling with the answer and then just connecting with her self and answering it, she seems like a nice girl, I think that we can assume that she didn’t anticipate this new chapter and challenge in her young glamorous life.
‘This may be kind of weird but as a guy— to me, boobs are always secondary to:’
Oxygen. I need to breathe first. Then, boobs.
“I dont want Perez Hilton making any critical decisions on my behalf.”
I don’t want the scuzzy little twerp in my country...
While I don't care that Carrie Prejean had breast surgery, I find it sad that "beauty" contestants feel they have to do it in order to compete. She looks great in the original set and as far as I am concerned if you have to fake them to win, you shouldn't win. No fake parts should be allowed.
That said, there has just been way to much BS about the question she was asked and this article is just another excuse to trash Carrie Prejean, poorly covered up(by talking about breasts instead of the question) but easily visible for those who want to look.
Thing is when I opened my fully the dern things disappeared.
Still too small.
“Still too small.”
Should have gone for the Winnebagos?
“this article is just another excuse to trash Carrie Prejean,”
yup! The author wasn’t so gracious and forthcoming as to allow us to know what she tells her 5 year old daughter about homosexual lifestyle and “marriage”....
The author is a Catholic blogger and is a great mom. I think she probably doesn’t tell her 5 year old much of anything about marriage/ homosexuality yet. She just leads by example for now.
I think her main point was to say that girls’ role models these days are the ones with the most beautiful bodies (whether real or enhanced) which really is sad.
While I think Danielle could’ve given Carrie some kudos for standing up for marriage, I don’t think she was trying to trash her per se, but trash what beauty contests have become. Inner beauty is simply not an issue much anymore.
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Carrie looks great and now she can say the people of California have agreed with me twice, the State Supreme Court agrees with me, and the President agrees with me.
The real kind of sad part of this deal other than Carrie didn’t win is that Miss USA from North Carolina was the winner and noone knows who she is, thanks to Perez.
She needs her procedure done again 3 times and then gain a few pounds before she stops looking like a little boy.