I think it's safe to assume that most of you don't watch beauty pageants. However, I think it's also a safe bet that you've seen excerpts from at least one or two while you were waiting for M*A*S*H or Star Trek reruns to begin.
Remember the impromptu speeches where the contestants showed us why "intelligent" and "beauty queen" don't belong together in the same sentence? Some of the responses have become classics. It's what we expect from women who enter beauty contests. What's the big deal?
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, during the latest Miss America contest one of the contestants, Miss Arizona, was asked "Do you think the U.S. should have universal health care as a right of citizenship? Why or why not?"
Her response was, "I think this is an issue of integrity regardless of which end of the political spectrum that I stand on. I've been raised in a family to know right from wrong, and politics, whether or not you fall in the middle, the left or the right, it's an issue of integrity, whatever your opinion is and I say that with the upmost conviction."
Right. That's exactly why most of us don't pay any attention to these shows. The only surprise here is that she didn't mention world peace or freedom.
The blogosphere is all aglow over the response of Miss California.
What's the problem? Were you expecting an intelligent answer from someone with a fake smile and ten pounds of makeup?
Here's another quote on the same topic. Can you guess who said it?1
"I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman."Here's two more people who have announced on television that they are personally opposed to gay marriage. They are a little bit more important than Miss California.
1. Barack Obama during an inteview with the Chicago Daily Tribune, as reported on about.com: Lesbian Life.