Has it really come to this?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Has it really come to this?

Updated 04/ 26/2009 – 05:51 pm

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers." - Jimmy Breslin

Take three days to soak up some sun and rum and catch some fish, come back only to find that the world has gotten a little crazier than usual!

I could give a rusty rodent's rump about beau­ty pageants and plasticized young women parading about in high heels and swim suits, and reciting vacuous insincerities about solving world hunger.

But the reaction to the comments made in last week's Miss USA contest by California's Carrie Prejean, reveals that's there's something seri­ously freakin' wrong here!

In response to a question about same-sex marriage posed by openly gay celebrity gossip-monger Perez Hilton (née Mario Armando La­vandeira, Jr.), Ms. Prejean responded:

"Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. You know what, in my country, in my family, I do believe that marriage should be be­tween a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be be­tween a man and a woman. Thank you."

(It must be noted that a majority of the voters in the state Ms. Prejean was rep­resenting, California, agreed with the young woman last November, voting 52.3% in favor of Proposition 8.)

Lavandeira, Jr. gave the front-running Prejean a zero score, likely costing her First Place, and im­mediately went onto the Internet not just to vent about her response, but to instruct her on how she should have answered!

The 21-year-old college student1 gave a genu­ine answer, without rancor or malice, and got slammed for it by a bigoted phony... the man is as fake as some of the superstructures on display during the swimsuit competition!

Aside from ruining whatever credibility the pageant might have had, Lavandeira, Jr.'s ridiculous posturing and screed cannot have done any favors for the gay and lesbian com­munity... especially in "Middle America" (wher­ever that is today!) whose residents prob­ably feel that Ms. Pre­jean's response was far too equivocal.

On the other side though, there have been other "celebrities" who seem to be trying to outdo La­vandeira, Jr. in expressing their nega­tive reactions to the woman's personal opinion.

Among others there's been Holly Madison, E! news-chic Giuliana Rancic (who?!), former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, and Heidi Montag, as ir­relevant a collection of 15-minuters2 as one can imagine.

If karma exists...

My fondest wish at this point is that Carrie Pre­jean give up her lip gross, go to med school, and help discover a cure for HIV.

Lavandeira, Jr.? I think the ending Tennessee Williams devised for "Sebastian Venable" in Suddenly Last Summer is too good for him.

Notes
  1. I have nothing one way or the other for Ms. Prejean... seems like a nice, bright young thing with an unfortunate resemblance to one of those silly Simpson sisters.

    Still, she attends San Diego Christian Col­lege to become a SpecialEd teacher, and spends her spare time performing volunteer work. (Well, that's what her résumé sez.)
  2. Andy Warhol: "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes."

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