Carrie Prejean, Miss California and runner up in the 2009 Miss USA pageant, made headlines this week (more headlines than the Miss USA winner) when during the pageant she was asked by openly gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton her opinion on legalization of same sex marriage.
Prejean — instead of giving the canned politically correct “world peace” pageant answer — said this:
“We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
In the next 72 hours liberals all over the country exploded in rage at her conservatism. There has been speculation that Prejean’s answer lost her the crown despite the fact that her answer is consistent with California voters: the state she represents passed Proposition 8 which bans gay marriage.
"We may have lost pop culture in the media world — the television media world," conservative radio talk show host Martha Zoller told HUMAN EVENTS, "but on talk radio and with the grass roots, Ms. Prejean’s comment represents the mainstream. Where people vote, marriage wins."
“This is an illustration of what I have been mentioning in recent months about how we’ve lost the pop culture,” said Rush Limbaugh on his radio show this week.
“The Miss USA pageant is now a 100% politicized event, with bloggers as judges asking political questions, and disqualifying somebody because of their answers” said Limbaugh. “How in the world did a militant, stupid idiot ‘blogger’ end up as a judge?”
Limbaugh is not the only one to make the assertion that conservatism has lost pop culture. Internet entrepreneur’s and founder of the new anti left coast website Big Hollywood Andrew Breitbart has said on many occasions that in order for a comeback conservatives have to regain the pop culture.
To appeal to the pop culture Conservatives need to “take off their ties” Breitbart said at an Americans for Limited Government event in DC. “The average person out there has a strong antipathy to conservatives. The John Stuart’s and Bill Maher’s of the world have done everything to portray conservatives as uptight people so we shouldn’t deliver for them that caricature.” Breitbart advised congressmen to take off their ties and “look like you’re comfortable in your own skin and talk in your own pop culture.”
Breitbart also advised young people “stop going to DC thinking that you’re going to change politics, the way that you are going to change politics is by is by changing the pop culture — because we have the right ideas”
Is Prejean, conservatism’s first step in regaining the eyes and ears of those enthralled with all that’s Hollywood?
A caller on the Laura Ingraham show said “When I was growing up watching Miss America pageant — and I’m in my 50’s — it was about all America, apple pie, bread and butter.” Conservatives shouldn’t fall back into this thinking, after all it isn’t apple pie and bread and butter that won Barack Obama the presidency. Obama himself has stated that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, but Perez Hilton didn’t call him names.
Obama won the election for the same reason that Hilton was asked to be a judge, they have the backs of pop culture.