Skip to comments.Penn Jillette says he's glad Tenn. lost Miss USA
Posted on 06/21/2011 6:01:01 PM PDT by xjcsa
Magician and Miss USA judge Penn Jillette says he's happy a pageant queen from Tennessee lost to Miss California USA Alyssa Campanella because her onstage answer to a question about burning Qurans ran afoul of the First Amendment.
Durham responded to a question about whether burning religious items should be afforded the same constitutional protections as flag burning by saying it crossed a line and shouldn't be allowed.
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“Durham said in a statement Tuesday that she’s disappointed with Jillette’s comments. She says it’s uncalled for that he would delight in shooting down her dreams.”
Penn is right, though I might not put it the way he did.
More importantly, does anyone have a picture?
Eyecandy. Who cares what she thinks about a Quran.
Yep, I'm slipping.
Gotta agree with Mr. Jillette on this one. People should not be banned from burning, trashing, maiming or otherwise desecrating their own privately owned property, regardless of how others feel about said property.
The reason they ask the questions is to allow the judges to discriminate between the contestants.
The questions recently have been more and more political, but that’s why people watch the show, is for the controversy. And the after-pageant controversies help promote the product, too.
Whoa!!! Talk about your “Tennessee Waltz’’!!
“...should be afforded the same constitutional protections as flag burning...”
“Hi! I’m from Tennessee, I like to meet people, I love world peace, and I’m fascinated by small shiny objects.”
So, she said something he didn't like so he falls back on the first amendment by saying she had no right to her first amendment rights. Typical liberal response or simply an idiot.
If she had said feel free to burn the Quoran, they would have hung her for that.
There was no answer she could give that would have passed, she was suckered.
But burning the flag is burning the 1st Amendment. Can't savvy that.
And that's why he gets paid the big bucks
I agree that these kinds of political questions are asked of freakin' BEAUTY PAGEANT contestants is wrong. She was damned either way she answered.
Does that include their dog?
That’s what I thought too!? As much as I would hate to see it, as a previous poster said, if it is your property you should be able to do fold, mutilate and spindle as you see fit.
Of course it may warrant a butt kicking from a proud American, but as they say “I love the 1st Amendment, let’s you know who the idiots are!” Same goes with peaceful protest marches by whacko groups, etc.
Where did he say she had no "right" to say what she said? He didn't call for her arrest; he didn't advocate fining her. The first amendment applies *only* to the government - "Congress shall make no law..."
He disagreed with her. He expressed his pleasure that she didn't win a pageant. Where in that process did he violate any of her rights?
...What did she say????????
I think twitting during a Miss USA Pagant is grounds for having to turn in your real mans license. Assuming he ever had one to begin with.
>>>Well thank God we all know what Penn Gillette thinks now.
I’ll sleep well, in comfort with the knowledge. :)
Based on the above, he didn't ask what she thought "is", he asked what she thought "should be". As such, her answer is not incorrect.
Should US Senators be elected by the Constitutional vote of the population of their states? My answer is "no", they should be chosen by the State legislatures as was done before the 17th Amendment. Of course that would require amending the Constitution."
Or how about:
Should the right to keep and bear arms be Constitutionally protected? My answer is: "Yes, as it is now." Some might answer "No, but it is now so we need to amend the Constitution."
Based on the article her answer is not incorrect, although her view might be.
Thank you Penn, can you give me your thoughts on the cast of Jersey Shore next....
Miss Tennessee is incorrect in both parts of her answer, as the question is asked in a First Amendment Constitutional framework.
MY Oh MY
No, such people would just get to play in the NFL instead.
What was the purpose of the pageant? Was it held to stir up political controversy?
There's a place for questions like that but why in a beauty pageant?
I'd have fared worse than Miss Tennessee. If I'd been asked a question like that in a setting like that, I'd have told the prick to go f**k himself!
If you;ve ever seen his show BULL***T you know Penn takes this stuff very seriously. He’s a rather relentless and hardline libertarian. The show hit all the right notes a good 95% of the time.BUT I don’t know why he’d enter the fray with a personal comment. These high-profile Beauty
Pageants have reached for significance instead of allowing the girls to get away with “I want to work for World Peace”
tripe.A year or two ago the notorious gay “Perez Hilton” said for public consumption he wanted to rip the crown from the head of the winner when she said she didn’t support gay marriage. Looks like the shows are courting a little controversy , in a bid for ‘relevance’.
Wouldn’t mind being her first cousin at all...
To be fair, the question was asked in a somewhat convoluted way and Ms. Tennessee does not come across as the brightest apple in the barrel. I think she ignored the “constitutionality” aspect of the question and just gave her opinion that disrespecting religion and flags is a line that people shouldn’t cross. When she threw in that part about burning flags not being patriotic, I was half expecting her to start saying, “I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have flags, and I believe that our education like such as South Africa, and the Iraq,...”
We are getting the vapors out of career beauty queens pageant answers. 2 years ago Ms California was accused of hate speech for defending normal marriage, now this.
What an absolutely ridiculous question for a beauty pageant.
I have not had TV since 1997. However, a friend gave me a copy of the Penn and teller Bullsh** show on recycling. I’m now hooked, thanks to Youtube. The Peta episode is amazing as well. I also stopped recycling and used to be anal about it. I still throw the aluminum cans in the right bin at work, but that’s about it.
I see Penn as my agnostic twin. His worldview is incredibly full of Christian wisdom, but without the Christianity. I get the feeling the guy may just turn around some day.
Ler that be a lesson to ya girly.
You are in a personality contest and the didn’t like your answer.
consider his explanation and ponder it.
One to grow on.
I’d hit it on the way to 1st!
Her answe falls under my “Lets see if you are interesting enough to talk to more than 5 minutes”.
I’d probably give her a 2nd chance after a couple of drinks.
Penn & Teller are more than agnostic, they are vehemently anti-religion. To each his own. I agree with them on most things, though. I especially liked the Bull$hit episode on smoking. Neither of them smoke, but adamantly defend the rights of businesses to set their own policies.
Lets be serious. Who watches a beauty pageant to see what weighty answers the attractive, college-age competitors give to loaded questions with political overtones? Please. I admit that I haven’t watched one of these things in years. After awhile, the contestants all seem to blend together. Frankly, I don’t care what Miss Tennessee thinks about burning the Koran. These questions should be mostly superfluous and when they get ‘political’, it puts the young women in a tight spot. From his previous rantings, I suspect that Penn Jillette is about as anti-religion as you can get. His use of his highly developed respect for the First Amendment to criticize a young lady for her forthright response to a no-win question is petty and smacks of bullying. Where do they get these judges?
BS, she stated her opinion, HE says she is violating the first amendment(which a private citizen can’t do, BTW)and implies that she has NO first amendment rights and shouldn’t speak her mind. If you can’t see that, I am sorry for you.
Extensive airbrushing is not the same as a real photograph.