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Pageant Organizers Speak Out AGAINST Miss California!!!

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We're not the only ones who disagreed with the way Miss California, Carrie Prejean, answered her question on gay marriage last night during the Miss USA pageant.

PerezHilton.com has just just received an exclusive statement from Keith Lewis, the Executive Director of Miss California USA/Teen USA.

Keith says:

"As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."

And on another positive note, PerezHilton.com has received confirmation from Shanna Moakler's rep that the 2001 Miss USA winner "supports Keith's views 100%."


What do U think about this whole controversy????

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598 comments to “Pageant Organizers Speak Out AGAINST Miss California!!!”

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  1. 1

    Fucking First

  2. 2

    Really I don't see how this is some huge controversy. No matter how stupid she is she has the right to her opinion and it's protected by law. Yeah, she's a douche and an idiont, but she's a BEAUTY QUEEN! in 2 months no one will even remember her name!

  3. 3

    Really I don't see how this is some huge controversy. No matter how stupid she is she has the right to her opinion and it's protected by law. Yeah, she's a douche and an idiot, but she's a BEAUTY QUEEN! in 2 months no one will even remember her name!

  4. 4

    I am completely for Gay marriage and rights… but what kind of America can we say we are if we can't let those we don't agree with have THEIR opinions. good on her for being brave in today's world to stand up for what she believes in even if it just shows that she's a crazy uber bible christian.

  5. 5

    you just wont let it die, now will you, create a larger division so there is more hatred, wtf

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  9. 9

    thats good

  10. 10

    this will be loltastic

  11. 11

    I think I'm glad you were on the judging panel to ask something real.

  12. 12

    so we're censoring opinions and free speech now? We may not agree with her, but she's entitled to believe what she believes. They are just afraid of the media backlash.

  13. 13

    oh my god

    why can't people put this much fucking focus on our economical crisis!

  14. 14

    this is kinda pathetic don't you think??its not the answer i would have given, but she is entitled to her own opinion and the pageant organizers should respect that, had she said that she was totally for gay marriage would the pageant organizers come out and apologize to all the straight people who are offended? NO, i think its about time everyone around the world has to realize that free speech means free speech regardless of the topic being discussed, its not supposed to be censored.x

  15. 15

    get over it!!!! if that's her opinion ppl should leave her alone, i mean isn't usa a free country?!?!?i fthat's her opinion leave her alone… n stop feeling like a broken bitch

  16. 16

    I'll be so glad when next month rolls around and I can stop reading about this retarded shit…….

  17. 17

    loves it!!! drama is sweet hahaha

  18. 18

    This is just another example of how the liberal left only appreciates free speech when it is in line with their own thinking. Soldiers died for ALL of us to share our opinions, not just the popular ones. In addition, the state of California must not think too differently than their Miss California. They voted the same way. Sorry, Perez.

  19. 19

    Perez, I think what you did was right. How many homosexuals have helped pageant winners over the years? Countless men have given their lives to this type of event, and it's terrific that you honored them by bringing their issue to light. HOWEVER Please, please, please don't ruin your karma by running 100 posts against Miss California. She's a small part of a culture of ignorance, not its leader or a hate monger. It's fun to be a hater, but when you are gonna turn all your hateration rays on this woman than it just looks like more of your normal misogyny!! Dumb bitch, sure. Publically trashing her when there's about 100 other corporations and business owners who funded all those lies in the media against gay marraige: sloppy, sloppy use of your power as a media outlet, and a big reeking turd of misogyny!! And that works against other gay men, and against your cause which you so rightly brought up at this pageant.

  20. 20

    if that's her opinion leave hr alone!! i mena isnt usa a free contry? everybodey has theyre own opinions! GET OVER IT!!! yes ur gay so WHAT!?!?! stop making a big deal out of it

  21. 21

    Re: STFUP – ditto to #15

  22. 22

    CA voters have voted twice against gay marriage, STFU Mario…move to a gay loving state if you want to get married otherwise shut up and just have a civil union. A civil union has just the same rights as a marrige it's just not called the same thing!

  23. 23

    Hey dumbass, this has been on foxnews.com all morning, not "exclusive" for you!! LMAO!

  24. 24

    Considering that all of the pagent coaches that have trained her all her life are most likely gay it seems she's a backstabber also.

  25. 25

    miss california, a dumb fucker.
    would of loved to see you perez, if she won, got snatch that tiara and run like hell!!!!!!!

  26. 26

    CA has voted twice against gay marriage…GET OVER IT!

  27. 27

    I'm done with this site. Perez takes things too far. It was a fun little gossip site a few years ago. Why do I always leave feeling crummy and upset? He is so hateful.

  28. 28

    I think everyone should get over it, you asked her opinion, and she gave it! At least she didnt lie and go on to win the whole competition, because I think she would have won if she didnt make that comment. So move on everyone!!

  29. 29

    Thats not what she said people… she said she was glad that in our country people have a right to choose but that she personally doesnt believe in it and would prefer that it not be in her family, I can totally see her point of view and i think this has gotten blown way out of hand but at least shes getting some press from it, maybe thats why she answered it the way she did… I just hate it that people are twisting her words around to be something negative when they werent as negative as the press is saying, this poor woman deserves a break!!

  30. 30

    I don't agree with her opinion, and I think it was incredibly stupid of her, from a strategic standpoint, to not take into consideration the large number of gay men who are fans of the Miss USA pageant, however I still don't think people should be trying to lynch her for it. She voiced her opinion, and she is entitled to it. It just happened to be a very backward opinion.

  31. 31

    i think you asked this question for the sole reason of knowing it would cause a controversy. I think its ridicukous you asked such a touchy question and by doing so you make the entire gay community look bad.

    you knew what you were doing, and i think its sad that she is being punished for answering honestly.

  32. 32

    oh, the same shana moakler you shit on and disrespect every chance you get……you are one sorry pitiful fuck mario

  33. 33

    Re: STFUP

    you need to stfu, your being an ignorant jerk.
    marriage between two people that love each other, it has nothing to do with gender.

  34. 34

    If politics and religious beliefs don't belong in the pageantry.. WHY DID SHE GET ASKED THE QUESTION

    Would they rather her lie?

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  36. 36

    too many ignorant people ,
    a marriage should be bewteen 2 lovers !
    no mater if a man and man or woman and woman or as miss dumb fuck california said " a marriage of opposites "

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  39. 39

    You do not know when to stop. I love that about you.

  40. 40

    People are entitled to their opinions, but so is Perez. I agree with him too.

    America should feel saddened that America's brightest (lol) in the Miss USA Pageant spout these archaic ideologies. They should be pointed out and negated. Miss USA is no place for bigotry.

  41. minka says – reply to this


    She was asked for her opinion, and she gave it. You can debate the issue, but don't call her names just because you don't agree with her answer.

  42. 42

    So…free speech loses, ability in America to say what is right loses? Fabulous.

  43. 43

    perez i agree with you but stop making this to be such a major issue..
    when has a women winning miss usa ever had an impact on societY? never.. so no need to be such a prude

  44. 44

    I am for Equal Rights, I dont care what people are, who they wanna marry, ect but it has always been told and its in the bible whether you believe that or not but it does say a MAN and WOMAN,, people can decide for themselves what to believe.. but at the same time she is entitled to her OWN OPINION!! and its not fair that people (even you Perez) can say GAY RIGHTS GAY RIGHTS but the moment someone disagrees with you, you have a huge coniption fit about it, and its not right.. Let people decide for them selves how they feel about the subject!!!!!!!!!!

  45. 45

    I'm glad the pageant is making a statement about this. I personally dont agree with her statement, and I DO understand free speach and all, BUT she really should have delivered her answer in a much more diplomatic way.

    Having said that, Perez, darlin, please dont waste too much of your time on her. Its obvious that she's a narrow-minded, tacky, waste of air, but you dont need to stoop to her level.

  46. 46

    WHO THE FUCK CARES. You're causing such un-needed bullshit drama around a question YOU asked. By the way, she didn't get as many boos as she did claps from the audience. You probably had your gay army sitting right behind you, that's why you only heard booing.

  47. 47

    Time to move on Mario. The only reason you're pushing this "controversy" is because you're in it. This is just more self promotion on your part.

  48. 48

    I totally agree with you and Keith. She's a bigot. So relieved she didn't win! I”m not gay, but ALL discrimination is wrong!!!

  49. 49

    I think that she was brave enough to share her personal OPINION, which you do all the time and think that since it is just her opinion it should all be left alone. Obviously everyone is different and entitled to their own opinion and should be able to say it without being attacked. I am also for Man/Woman marriage. But that is just my Opinion! I do not judge others who think and feel differently and hope that others would do the same for me.

  50. Sweet says – reply to this


    It's a disgrace she represents California- one of the most progressive states in the country.

  51. missB says – reply to this


    what do i think? well u asked her what she thought the states should do, not if she thought they should choose what to do. she gave an honest answer which made me like her!

  52. 52

    i thought this was a gossip site? not a 24-hr self-promotion site? it's PATHETIC how you're trying to paint yourself as America's new Gay Rights Crusader, when it's a fact that you are a divider, and one of the biggest spreaders of hate there is. you are absolutely disgusting mario! i think a big reason people come here is to laugh at you. not your "gossip". it's sad, for about five minutes you used to be entertaining.

  53. 53

    You and all the other lost people who believes gays should marry need to see the light.
    Homosexuality is WRONG. It's an abomination in the eyes of God. And if you all don't see you're wrong and turn to Jesus Christ, you WILL have your part in the lake of fire.
    I'm praying for you all, and I completely, 100%, absolutely, positively am AGAINST gays AND gay marriages.
    Marriage should ONLY be between a man and a woman.

    God bless!

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  55. 55

    btw she has a nice rack….

  56. 56

    of course she's dumb, she's a beauty queen!

  57. 57

    Uh…hello….it's a Beauty Pageant…

    I admire her for sharing her opinion even though it isn't the "popular" thing to say today

    Everyone's entitled to her own opinion and this is hers.

  58. 58

    So, as Miss California, if her opinion was that "blacks should be slaves" would that have been okay because its "just her opinion?" She's an idiot and discrimination is not okay. Gkad she lost.

  59. 59

    She wasn't bashing gay marriage, she just said what she believed. She wasn't trying to force her beliefs on you so don't force yours on her

  60. 60

    PEREZ, MY GOODNESS!! stop making this a huge deal. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN OPINION. at first i was shocked but now, i don't care. you have made this into a bigger deal than it really is. sorry you don't agree, but there ARE people in this country that don't believe in same sex marriage! and you're going to have to shrug it off…

  61. 61

    She is not wrong for having an opinion that marriage should be between a man and women, that is her prerogative and she is permitted to believe in what she wishes, though I don’t believe it answered the question and was a bad response. The problem in her answer is that she states we live in a country where we may “choose” to be homosexual or heterosexual (paraphrasing)… that is the ignorance in her statement. In order for people to choose their sexuality we must all be born bisexual, both straight and gay, and later “choose” our sexuality. So until the straights decide to come clean and admit to the fact they chose heterosexuality over their gay tendencies, then I believe we should all stop using the word “choice” when it comes to someone’s sexuality. Being gay is as much a choice as being straight.

  62. 62

    i agree with what Keith is saying… separation of church and state is something that our founding fathers knew needed to happen or a monarchy would reoccur in the New World. I don' know what my definition of marriage is but I do know what my definition of an American, democratic government SHOULD be: FREEDOM! A lot of people might not agree with the same-sex lifestyle but there are a lot of things that not everyone agrees on but the foundation of our government is suppose to be Freedom of Choice!… *steps off soap box*… :) religion/beliefs have nothing to do with government politics… or at least they aren't suppose to…

  63. 63

    Of course they are going to say that! They are distancing themselves from what was an honest and open comment (preceeded by the words ' i think it's great american's can choose..') only because of the 'reaction'. She deserves respect for having an opinon which i may add, was NOT AGAINST anything. Maybe she should have just lied… given a false answer… not been true to herself… and you would have respected that more. hmm… if people want acceptance, they should return the favour.

  64. 64

    Seriously Perez, its only a controversy in your own head. No. one. cares. She is nobody of any consequence!

  65. 65

    I personally think that she is entitled to her own opinion! That is the beauty of these pagents…

    She should not be judged on her personal beliefs, she was asked a question and ansered it honestly. I think she should be applauded for speaking her mind and not just saying what the audience and judges wanted to hear!!! She is exactly the type of Miss USA we nedded…someone who will stand up for what she believes in and not think about what other will say about her for it!!!

  66. 66

    She was not asked what her personal, religious or biases are…she was asked a legal question…which she did not answer.

  67. kmin says – reply to this


    Filed under Shanna Moakle., so I'm guessing what he really meant to say was Shanna Moakler speaks out against Miss California?

  68. 68

    All of you saying that she has a right to her opinion are correct. Now if only one of them had stood up and said that marriage should only be between two people of the same race…

  69. 69

    Post her email!

  70. 70

    I think you asked her for her opinion and she gave it. Just because she believes something different than you doesn't make her a bitch and doesn't make her someone who is deserving of such hatred and ridicule!

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    I think she is ignorant.

  73. 73

    I'm all for gay marriage but I'm also for the freedom of speech and this girl was put on the spot and she answered the question as honest as she could, and I believe it's wrong to go at her like this for her speaking her beliefs! No-one should be villafied for having thier own thoughts and opinions, even if we don't agree.

  74. 74

    it's one thing to have your freedom of speech and yes california voted against gay marriage.. but i personally would not want somebody so hateful to represent my country and win the pageant.. and NO a civil union does NOT give all the rights that a marriage does.

  75. 75

    fuck your religious believes, they have nothing to do with politics

  76. 76

    Is Miss California the only one with a right to her opinion? Mario has the same rights so he can speak out as much as he wants.

  77. 77

    What an idiot. This is going to sound bad, but she should know that most men involved with pageants are probably gay. Play to your audience.

  78. 78

    And i can't believe the Miss CA USA family have sold out on her… that is more shocking!

  79. 79

    I agree that religion has no place in politics. That said, there are many religious organizations who count on their influence in politics to further their particular views. If religion were a non-factor in politics and gay marriage passed all over the United States, then there would be a clammoring of church heads to change their views because I can promise you they want those tithes and offerings pretty damn bad. Start touching an Evangelical's money and see how fast they turn on that said dime. It makes me laugh to hear someone talk about being a Christian and then turn around and deny someone their right to choose who they love and want to spend their lives with.

  80. 80

    he has the right to her opinion

  81. 81

    I LOVE YOU PEREZ for being there and asking the smart questions. Never in the history of Miss USA has a contestant been booed. It was an embarrassment for The Miss USA Organization. Miss California is an enhanced, stupid, bigot - who deserves to have her title taken away from her. Shame on her.

  82. 82

    while i think she's a moron,
    and i'm glad you brought up something of some sort of importance,

    she has every right to her own opinion
    and you really shouldn't be making it a bigger deal than it is.

  83. 83

    Nobody cares about this Perez. You're proving yourself to be a typical liberal…you're SOOO tolerant of people, as long as they share the exact same views as yourself. Everyone else can suck it right?

    SHE IS ENTITLED TO HER OPINION PEREZ!! As much as you hate to hear this, most of America agrees with her.

    Gay marriage is being pushed in states by activist judges, not by a majority of voters. When the issue is put to a vote of the people, as it was in your lovely state of California, it gets rejected.

  84. 84

    If Keith Lewis really believes religious views have no place in the Miss USA family than why did they let Hilton ask a question like that. And why punish Miss California for answering honestly and from her heart instead of just saying what she thinks they want to hear. And why not reprimand Hilton for his sneering looks after the answer.

  85. 85

    I actually thought California was going 2 win until she opened her mouth. No, not everyone is going 2 agree that gay marriage should be legal but the way she spoke about marriage btw a man n woman being the only way made me sick. She could have conducted herself in a more professional and compassionate way & said I don't agree wit it but everyone has their own opinions or some other bullshit answer. She definitely blew her shot at winning.

  86. 86

    Keith is a fuckin moron. And perez hilton is worse. Politicizing the pageant is disgusting. She has a right to believe what she wants, you fucking thought police! Let that be done to you and you'd be squealing like a STUCK PIG! You scream about diversity, but then you refuse to allow people to have their own feelings and moral beliefs. You are a bunch of sorry hypocrites. Peres (sic intentional) is a sorry loser who never could succeed at anything until he succeeded at gaining a following at hurting others. What scum. Oh, yeah, I can hear you now peres, saying you don't say she can't believe what she wants, but that she answered the question with a stupid answer. Well, I have news for you dickface, you at her age didn't even know of the word "state rights". You probably woudn't have been able to even verbalize anything at all. So get off your fucking high horse. You're a dick-sucking piece of shit and we all know it.

  87. 87

    I don't think this question should have been asked. People who decided the final questions knew this would start some controversy. If she would have said yes for gay marriage would she have won? I think it is ridiculous that people are commenting on her answer when the gay community is entitled to their opinions, and she is entitled to hers but because it wasn't the one people want to hear she is a bad person? I'm sorry but how are we supposed to become more acceptable to same sex marrige when people react this way to HER OWN OPINION? Instead of judging her for speaking the truth, point your finger back at yourself for being a hypocrite.

  88. 88

    Are people not allowed to have their own views or thoughts anymore? Seriously, what the hell. Why make a big deal out of this? You acting like a outraged idiot about this, just makes it worse and you just look stupid. So stop while your ahead.
    Do not shove your views down someone's throat, everyone IS allowed to believe in what THEY want.

  89. 89

    I think people are blowing this out of proportion. First of all, she has a right to free speech. 2nd, marriage as we know it, aka man and woman has been like this for more than 2000 years. Change is good, in fact it would be wrong to not fight for it, but you can't expect everyone to change their opinions so fast. Every change in human history that was fast become a complete utter disaster. It's a slow process, and people need to remember that.

  90. 90

    I'm all for gay marriage but Perez is making me sick with how much he's trying to milk this for all the attention he can get. The Miss USA contest is a Freaking beauty pageant! It's a completely sexist competition!!!! If Perez really cared about EQUAL RIGHTS he would have never been associated with this mysogynistic event.

  91. 91

    I think that she should be allowed to feel the way she feels! All you are saying here is you want her to either believe the things you beleive or not be allowed an opinion. I support gay marriage but I also support people's freedom to believe in what they believe in. Stop trying to change that.

  92. 92

    When your messiah Obama shuts down the internet (with Rockefeller's help) I hope this site will be the first to go. Perex, if your dick is long enough, twist it around backwards and shove it up your a$$!

  93. 93

    Re: STFUP
    you need to need to spend more time reading and less time in the surgeons office. Civil Union does NOT give the same benefits as Marriage. Know the facts before you speak.

  94. 94

    I am waiting for DONALD TRUMP'S opinion on YOUR comments about this. He may forget his hatred for Rosie and switch to Perez. LOL

  95. 95

    Perez is just going to end up hurting the gay community. It's fucking Miss USA California, her stupidity was enough to make her look foolish. Nobody is going to take her seriously. One blog entry would have been enough. Instead you are throwing a hissy fit and making her look like a victim, a victim of the gays. Now watch Bill O'Reilly and Hannity pick up on this tonight and show your blog entires.

    This is ridiculous and is why Perez is getting hate mail today. This latest blog just throws fuel on the fire. Can you get back to bashing Miley Cyrus now please?

  96. 96

    its not like they're reaching a target audience that matters..anyone who watches beauty pageants is stupid anyways so who cares what these contestants say-


  97. 97

    Re: STFUP
    Marriage is a social, religious, spiritual, or legal union of individuals.
    Maybe u should WIKIPEDIA marraige before giving a definition. U have a right 2 ur opinion like everyone else does however if ur goin 2 claim something as "by definition" u should check the actual definition first.

  98. 98

    "Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family."

    If that is the case then they shouldt have allowed you to ask a question that a contestant could answer based off of their personal and religious beliefs.
    Also correct me if I am wrong but did she answer saying based off of her religion? Maybe I wasnt paying enough attention, but I thought she said she was brought up to believe that marriage was between a man and a woman?

  99. 99

    I think you are just loving the press you are receiving from it.

    Agree or not she has a right to her voice and her opinion. Hating because she doesn't agree with YOU just makes you look bad

  100. 100

    OMG -

    I live in London - BUT DEAR lord If i was in California I would be disgraced - In country which just elected a mixed race president - HOW can we let a portion of human beings not have the same rights as everyone else just coz their biology is attracted to the same sex!!

    THIS UTTER NONSENSE - homophobia is on a par with racism - not allowing someone the same rights IS PURE UTTER SICK - If the world did not let black people or Chinese people or even white people to marry becoz of their race (which again is their biology) there would be uproar


    HOW CAN THE NEW PRESIDENT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN? surely more than anything he realises that prejudice and judgement upon biology is DISGRACEFUL -

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