Rachel Marsden
Donald Trump, who apparently owns all the controversial beauty pageants in America, ruledlast week that Ms. California, Carrie Prejean, will not be de-crowned for speaking out in favor of the status quo on marriage during the Ms USA competition and having “semi-nude” photos unearthed as a result. By now, we all know the story, but what can we learn from it?

Beauty contests aren’t vehicles for social change. The judge in question, gossip columnist Perez Hilton, said that he won’t tolerate anyone infringing on his personal rights as a homosexual. He must have had Ms. USA runner-up Prejean confused with Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee. Go dig up nude pics of that person, if you’re bent on affecting change. If television variety programs were important catalysts for societal reinvention, then Susan Boyle would be knocking Angelina Jolie off magazine covers.

No one tells Donald Trump what to do. Trump has de-crowned beauty queens before, upon release of photos. I suppose Prejean may have technically broken pageant rules by not disclosing them, but contrary to what the magnitude of media coverage suggests, this isn’t a murder trial. This is The Donald’s world, in which he is judge, jury and executioner. I doubt that his foremost consideration, in determining Prejean’s fate, was to safeguard the integrity and good name of a skin parade. It would be safe to presume that his loyalty in this case would be to his bottom line, however he feels that might be served, and he isn’t exactly the type of person to be swayed by lobbying groups or fear of media controversy.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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