The day before Yesterday, the Miss California Organization disclosed that it paid for Carrie Prejean’s breast implants before she appeared in the Miss USA pageant two weeks ago. “It was something that we all spoke about together,” Shanna Moakler, Co-Executive Director of the Miss California Organization told Access Hollywood. “It was an option and she wanted it. And we supported that decision.” Prejean has become something of a media sensation ever since she denounced gay marriage during the Miss USA telecast. Though she lost the crown (and blames this loss on the fact that she had to answer a question about gay marriage in the first place), things aren’t all bad: Prejean is currently starring in an ad slamming same-sex unions and also reportedly dating Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps.
But let’s get back to the boobs. My main problem with this “we bought her breasts” news is it sends a terrible message to young women. I’m not really sure who pageants are for anymore, but I’d guess a large portion of the audience is girls who aspire to be as beautiful as Miss USA. By funding Prejean’s enhancement surgery, pageant officials are essentially saying that a big, fake plastic chest is an ideal aesthetic that females should aspire to. It’s a beauty contest after all, and obviously the experts believed their contestant would have a better shot at winning if she possessed larger melons. One could argue that pageants have always been fake, but something about the extremeness of this, about surgically altering one’s appearance (rather than just applying some Vaseline to your teeth or getting a fake tan), seems to me very ethically wrong. I ask you: Should a pageant pay for its contestant’s plastic surgery?
Miss California said she stands by her anti-gay-marriage comments, even if they may have cost her the Miss USA crown. Carrie Prejean defended her views on NBC’s “Today” show, telling host Matt Lauer that she spoke from the heart during Sunday’s pageant when she said that “marriage should be between a man and a woman.” The beauty queen’s response to a question from openly gay pageant judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has received more attention than the winner, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton. During the pageant, Hilton asked Prejean if every state should follow Vermont in legalizing same sex marriage. “I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other,” Prejean responded. “But in my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.” Hilton, who also appeared on the “Today” show, said his question was relevant and that Prejean should have “left her politics and her religion out because Miss USA represents all (gay) Americans.” Prejean, who was named first runner-up at the pageant, told Lauer that she knew “at that moment after I’d answered the question, I knew that I was not going to win because of my answer.” Still, she stands by her statements. “I don’t take back what I said,” she told Lauer, adding that she “had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God.” “It’s not about being politically correct,” she said. “For me, it’s about being biblically correct.”
Miss California says she has no regrets about her statement against gay marriage when Miss USA judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton asked her about the hot topic. But she does admit it hurt her chances for the crown. Carrie Prejean, who was runner-up to winner Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, in Sunday’s pageant, told Fox News her stomach sank when she first heard she had picked Hilton’s question. “I had a gut feeling. I knew he was controversial, and so was the question. Out of all the topics I studied up on, I dreaded that one, I prayed I would not be asked about gay marriage. If I had any other question, I know I would have won.” The beauty queen insisted she wasn’t going to give a politically correct answer just because she was on national television. As for sticking to her beliefs, Prejean told Billy Bush, “I feel like I won,” she said. “I feel like I’m the winner. I really do.” Hilton, who has been outspoken about Prejean’s remarks, told Larry King it was a “bad answer” because “I do expect Miss USA to be politically correct. Do we want a Miss USA that’s politically insensitive, that’s politically offensive? No.”