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Pageant Officials Continue To Distance Themselves From Miss California

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Shanna Moakler, a former Miss USA herself and one of the heads of the California pageant, has just posted a blog about why Miss California's answer to our question about gay marriage was one big FAIL!

She says:

"Miss California USA.
Current mood: tired
well, I just got back from a interview at CBS, and I can say after not sleeping for about 2 days and trying to sum up emotions in a 30 second interview wasn't easy, I wanted to take to my blog so I can put into words my thoughts and feelings, I find writing is best for me anyway.

First, I want to be clear on the fact, that I have NOT and will not abandon our reigning Miss California, thou I have a STRONG difference of opinion, I do NOT hate her, nor do I have any issue with her stating her opinion, she is not the first conservative christian titleholder to be in pageants. I agree with the majority that this IS what makes our country great and that is of course freedom of speech. She was asked a questioned and she answered it.

But I want to explain to the masses, what the TITLE of Miss USA stands for to me, and being a former Miss USA, I feel I have a pretty good sense of it. Miss USA travels the world and she competes at the Miss UNIVERSE pageant as a representation of her country. She is a ambassador, a role model and needs to be able to show diplomacy on all issues. sadly for California THIS is where we lost the crown. Not for her answer or even her beliefs, because again, sadly IN California her beliefs at this point in time are the majority. But she lost the crown because she wasn't able to convey compassion for ALL the people that as MISS USA she would be representing. and if YOU like it or not, gays and lesbians make up this country as well. THIS is why we have judges so they can find the RIGHT woman who obtains these qualities. they are crucial in my eyes when holding a honor and title as big as being Miss USA. The panel of judges was qualified and did their job, they represented all of us, men, woman, black, white, gay and straight.

I think Miss California's willingness to stand by her convictions and ( in my eyes, simply made the question more personal then it needed to be,) has in essence made a great positive impact cause it has brought a issue important to me to the for front of the media and that is civil rights. I have blogged and petitioned for gay rights in the past and if anything positive can come out of this, It's that it has people talking and we need to have people talking and we need MANY conversations on this topic to take place, especially in the state of California and with Prop 8.

I do however want to apologize to the men and woman who have continually supported the Miss California USA pageant. I know some were hurt and felt a sense of betrayal, but I thank you for your understanding, communication, love and continued support.

Health, Wealth and equality for all."

[Image via WENN.]

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155 comments to “Pageant Officials Continue To Distance Themselves From Miss California”

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  1. 1

    I am 100% for gay marriage but what you are doing here is really wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and just because hers differs with yours shouldn't make it okay to unleash a media backlash on her. She was actually honest ! that's pretty big considering most of them lie out of their asses when they are answering questions. Anyways whatever..

  2. 2

    Well, now Shannon is the voice of Virtue, isnt she? Please get real you stupid pig!

  3. 3

    Ok…so you are blatantly admitting you took that Lincoln quote from her twitter post

    you are a scam

  4. 4

    Dude you have been ranting about her answer for days now. Give it a rest! You worded your question terribly and then tried to act like you asked something totally different. I am not saying i'm opposed to gay marriage's but I am opposed to immature people and you are acting like one right now. It's time to let it go man.

  5. 5

    Glad this is getting you so much press, Perez…

  6. 6

    ahhhhh enough of this already…..

  7. 7

    You really need to let this go… you worded your question badly and then tried to act like you asked what she thought the states should do. You asked her for her personal opinion and she gave it to you, now grow up and stop acting like a child.

  8. 8

    shouldnt she be focusing on her failed marriage instead of blogging all the time

  9. 9

    Is it possible for you to get the fuck over it, Perez?! I swear, NOT EVERYONE HAS TO THINK LIKE YOU! YOU are hurting the gay community because you're so damned annoying, more than anything…get over it! JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE! DAMN! You're angyr because she has her own opinion. What is it about that, that you don't get? Not everyone thinks it's OK to put large (or sometimes not) object up your poop shoot. How is that okay? It hurts your body, more than help it. sheesh.

  10. 10

    Beautifully said.

  11. TSS says – reply to this


    Look who's supporting gay marriage… Shana Moakler and Perez Hilton. Add Bobo the chimp and a Mr. Potato Head and gays will have the world right where they want them.

  12. 12

    I'm confused - since when are you on the Shanna Bandwagon? I mean typically your talking trash about her…..

  13. 13

    Wow! Who knew that Shannon Moakler ………!

  14. 14

    You're like a child, who is looking for others to validate that "you were right" and it's obvious that is what you're doing because you have talk so much crap about this girl and she is stupid enough to pander to your ass… AND you were not qualified to be a judge you made this whole pageant about YOU, not gay marriage, not religion, not free speech this about YOU being a famewhore!

  15. 15

    This superficial contest represents all those things, huh?

  16. 16

    SCREW YOU SHANNA….Perez get over it…also once again its a personal opinion and at least she didn't make up an answer you want to hear….you go miss cali!

  17. 17


  18. 18

    amen to that

  19. 19

    amen to that

  20. 20

    GET THE FUCK OVER IT ALREADY!! YOu may think people are on your side Perez, but the majority ISN'T! You've shown nothing but childish behaviour ever since this has happened. You're such a bad spokes person for gay rights. You make my gay friends cringe, they can't stand the sight of you. Go figure!

  21. 21

    Other then all this, more importantly (for your blog and presumable income etc) what's happened in Hollywood today?! That's why I look at your blog.

  22. 22

    Well said.

  23. 23

    keep going Perez, you are making yourself out to be an even bigger asshole than most originally thought.

  24. 24


  25. 25

    It's all about you and all the publicicty YOUR getting from this mario,you should really move on.Is this what every other post is going to be about today?N*E*X*T!

  26. 26

    Miss cali's holier than thou approach to fame is as lame as she is. Think outside the box…it won't hurt.

  27. 27

    Re: STFUP – i still agree with both of them!

  28. 28

    She is right about all of this.
    I'm just surprised Perez isn't ditching on her, for once..

  29. 29

    That was actually well put.

  30. 30

    I agree with Stoosharp. I'm totally for gay marriage and all that. It would be nice to see everyone have equal rights.
    But all this poor girl did was answer honestly and because her answer wasn't the one you wanted you're treating her like garbage.
    Leave her alone now. All you're doing is dragging it out and making people think it's okay to get mad at her for speaking honestly. She doesn't deserve that!

  31. 31

    I've done this several times already - you would be amazed how well it works! I've gotten tons of responses from people that apologized for supporting Perez when his HATE and discrimination was pointed out to them. Kind of ironic, isn't is…

  32. 32

    She actually makes sense… I just wish her grammar improved a little :P

    Come on, you guys… so what if Perez wants to talk about it? Isn't this HIS blog?? Chill out, ppl :)

  33. 33

    It's a beauty pageant, people. Does anyone really care about being "represented" by Miss U.S.A.?

  34. 34

    I'm having a hard time grasping the fact that a grown woman like Shanna, cannot use "a" and "an" properly. Isn't that simple 3rd grade grammar?

  35. 35

    If only you could see the folly of your cause at this point.

  36. Celt says – reply to this


    Perez, you keep on posting as much as you can about this. Funny that all these comments telling you to give it up, to realize she's allowed freedom of speech, yet they're telling you to shut up. AND calling you a hypocrite. Coming from mouths of hypocrites. Shanna was right, talking about this brings this issue to the forefront, Miss California spoke to her beliefs and that's fine. That means she nor anyone else who reads your site, should be offended that you're speaking to yours.

  37. 37

    Also, Shanna is dumb fuck that can't even drag herself out of bed everyday to be a mother to her children or to even keep her husband interested. Sounds like a perfect match for a new best buddy for you Perez.

  38. 38

    First off, Mario has set gay rights back 20 years with his little girl hissy fit. The problem is now that many people will think that Mario represents ALL gays with his attitude. In fact, most gay people are just like heterosexual people - they work, they love, they raise children, they pay their bills and mow their yards. They do not push their lifestyle in your face and force you to like it. They just want to be accepted and have the same rights are heterosexual Americans, not made poster children for some blogger's tirade.

    I understand that people who yell the loudest are the ones who tend to get noticed, but to what end is all your yelling about Mario? You will not bring people to your way of believing with this diatribe! The way you are acting is deplorable and I can only assume you are trying to bring attention to YOURSELF and not to the rights of gays to marry.

    Secondly, we are slowly and systematically taking away our right to free speech with all this "politically correct" talk. I am a liberal minded middle aged woman and I am sick of being told how I need to think, or at least how I should VOICE how I think. I would rather have someone speak THEIR TRUTH and then judge them for myself than to have someone present themselves one way and it be a total lie.

    Mario - what is your truth? Are you a hater?

  39. 39

    Nice my first comment didn't even show up…. hmmm

    Is this all the news for today?
    I thought you disliked Shanna - ??
    Glad to see you don't always hate people

  40. 40

    Anyone who is uncomfortable with being politically correct should not be a politician or a beauty contestant. It's all about bending the truth. Regardless of how she really felt, common sense should have told her not to say that if she wanted to win.

  41. 41

    who gives 2 shits what shanna moakler thinks..another great thing about this country is you are able to stand for what you believe in, and thats what miss california did..good for her

  42. 42

    You know Perez, if you keep this up, people are gonna get bored and quit your blog dude. Enough already. She expressed her opinion, you've expressed yours….let's move on!!!!!

  43. 43

    I completely agree with Perez. Little miss California should be in politics if she wants to stand up for her beliefs but she did a BEAUTY pageant for god sakes. and what does "no offense" ? So if someone said "you are ugly, no offense" is that supposed to make it better? Why can't we all just respect each other? If you have nothing nice to say don't say it at all. Perez has every right to be hurt and upset and so does everyone else in the g&l community. For everything they work hard to achieve, it has just been thrown back in their faces. This whole thing is a shame.

  44. 44

    Can someone explain to me how she is distancing herself from Miss Ca??? Cause all I can read is support!!!!

  45. 45

    This is getting old now…..

  46. 46

    Perez….what you did at the pageant was wrong and what you are doing is even worse. A politically explosive…no right answer…no win question should never be asked at a BEAUTY PAGEANT. No matter how she or anyone would answer your stupid question, they would end up pissing someone off. You talk about how she is not politically correct…she makes you look like a newcomer to political correctness. Grow Up!

  47. 47

    Give it up Perez. You were wrong…and everyone in your beloved, liberal "main stream media" is saying you were wrong too. How can you expect a politically incorrect event like a BEAUTY PAGEANT to be some bastion of political correctness?

    You want Miss USA to represent the people? Well, the majority of voters in California said NO to gay marriage…so she is representing her state rather well, don't you think?

  48. 48

    that's exactly what you were saying.

  49. 49

    Re: ~~jdsgirl~~ – look at you, give me shit for name calling and what do you do? confused man i see.

  50. 50

    She also said on her blog that she doesn't get along with you
    quote thief

  51. 51

    Just goes to show how much of a joke the Miss Usa pageant is when their officials are Shanna Moakler and Perez Hilton.
    No wonder no one watches it anymore.

  52. 52

    Perez, i think everyone has got your point, funny you say equality for all yet you dont even mention the fact that America's own last vice president basically admitted illegally torturing prisoners today and you say nothing??? your pathetic

  53. 29 says – reply to this


    you're such a joke perez

  54. 54

    People have the right in this country to express their opinions. You have gone ridiculously too far with it and she has every right to feel how she does and say so. You would not even be known for anything if you weren't a Hilton. Have you ever gone to college? Do you have any expertise in the beauty pageant business? It helps that grandpa made all of the money so that you and your family don't ever have to worry about the real world.
    Just as a note, I agree with Miss California and I believe that based on the Word of God, marriage should be between a man and a woman because that is the natural order of things. Two genetic men cannot make a baby and neither can two genetic women. God created Adam and Eve, NOT Adam and Steve!

  55. 55

    ps everyone can see that your also using this too get your name in the media more, this website has become rubbish recently you no longer entertain people, your losing it

  56. 56

    Whoa - you're being nice to Shanna? Amazing. I 100% support Miss California, she has an opinion - that's great, whether I agree or not, is my problem!! Get over it.

  57. 57

    Who CARES what Miss California said, who cares about this paegent, who care about YOU and your silly white agenda Perez? That's right, NO ONE!! Please post things of value….like whats happening with Britney or Madonna today….screw these cows!!

  58. 58

    I totally agree with her

  59. 59


  60. 60

    I am supporter of Gay rights and FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BUT Perez I feel you are doing a major disservice to the fight. You cant say ur into free speech and then lambaste some idiot who spoke truthfully but not eloquently in fully explaining her view. Yes that is probably what made her loose the crown but w/e its not like she was campaigning for a real job like the President. The straw that broke the camel's back is you posting Shanna's blog (which is the most eloquent she has ever sounded). you hate shanna and now you post her entire blog b/c she finally agrees with you. Thats not integrity Perez. You said you are a good journalist but a good journalist needs integrity. I used to love ur site but now am very disappointed in you.

  61. 61

    OMFG your ridiculous little vendetta against Miss California is really getting tedious. Does anyone care what a beauty pageant contestant's opinion is? Maybe twelve-year-olds and then they grow a brain. What are you hoping to accomplish by not letting this go? You made your point and by flogging it to death you only succeed in making yourself look like a pouting, tantrum-throwing child.

  62. 62

    ENOUGH!!! Move on!!!

  63. 63

    Wow! I actually have to say that was quite fantastically stated… which is a huge shock for me with it coming from her. But I have to whole heartedly agree. Health, Wealth and equality for ALL!!!

  64. 64

    You flamin queen, Opinions are like assholes, Which is what she stated! You must be an Asshole. That is the problem with the Left your way or you attack them and get very ugly, The same way with the teaparties. The left want to have their pie and eat it too. Its ok if you state your opinion but if someone states their, they get called nasty names but you. Grow up you cum guzzl'n queen!

  65. 65

    for all of you who are saying perez should get over it. THINK AGAIN PEOPLE. HETEROSEXUALS BUTCHER the sacrament of marriage. WE DIVORCE, cheat, almost half or marriages dont work out. yet we feel the need to have it all to ourselves?!?!??! IF TWO LOVING gay people are willing to honour the sacrament of marriage… which ultimately is about LOVE and unity, WHY DENY THEM OF THAT?!??!
    PEOPLE DO NOT CHOOSE TO BE GAY. do we deny mentally ill patients marriage?! do we deny people with disability marriage?!? NO !!!!!
    SO, why is it any different with gays. it isn't.

    Two loving gay people committed to honoring the sanctity of marriage deserve just as much of a chance at is as two heteros. PEREZ IS amazing for standing up for this. iT IS A HUGE DEAL. all of you who sit around griping need to do the same for something YOU feel strongly about and maybe you'd understand. BETTER TO fight and be active than ignorant or indecisive. TIMES HAVE CHANGED OKAY PEOPLE. for all you overly conservative republican anti-gays out there… times have changed. get over it. we as heterosexuals have changed what marriage is, — divorce is not supposed to be an option in marriage. at all. yet now, instead of fifty years ago when we married for life, one was a breadwinner one was a housekeeper, now we have cheaters, we have people having 2 or 3 marriages, we have broken homes, multiple marriages…. but it is allowed.

  66. 66

    THUS, we also need to allow gays to marry. IT IS A MUST. it isn't something to be debated. when you all finally see that, the world will be a better place. all of you hating on perez need to shut the fuck up and do something to make a difference in the world as opposed to sitting on the sidelines and hating on innocent gay people. they are just as deserving as we are.

    for you overly conservative mostly republicans (probably) who want to ban gay marriage, give your heads a shake. this is a big deal. so stop admonishing perez, and listen to the debate and use it to think hard about it. GET OFF your butts and fight for something YOU BELIEVE IN. perez is just as right as anyone in doing what he believes is right. if you all did that we would live in a better place. better to have an opinion than to remain indignant and ignorant or worse — undecided. THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE. im done my rant now. whew!!!

  67. 67

    I thought in the USA there was freedom of speech and expression? just because someone doesn't agree with you Perez..no need to continue to beat this topic down ..Chris Brown style

  68. 68

    STFU Shana. Your a nobody and irrelevant to the world. If You were Miss USA at one point, Miss California is better off without that crown. Look where you are now. Babies from different men, back and forth between Travis and all the men in California. Gross. Go lay on your back, thats what your good at.

  69. 69

    Mario really its getting boring and you are looking more like an asshole the more you go on.

  70. 70

    I normally dont get involved in social issues, in general I think the Country is morally bankrupt. It is because of pathetic, poor excuse for human beings like Perez that have gotten us to this point. Perez or whatever "its" real name is obviously jealous of a real woman that he is not "oh, if only I was born without this thing between my legs..boo hoo…". Your a disgrace to humanity. A piece of meat with two eyes that couldnt logically reason your way out of a wet paper bag. Trump should be ashamed of himself for disgracing the pageant with your presence .

  71. 71

    Perez, I love that you are drawing negative attention to yourself! It's classic!
    As for Shanna Moakler, you need MAJOR help with your grammer!

  72. 72

    she apologizes to those that were offended? How about if Miss California said she was for gay marriage, would Shanna be apologizing that those that are against it that are offended that someone representing their state is not actually representing the masses on the subject?

  73. 73


    [sarcasm on] Crucifiquenla, crucifiquenla!!! [sarcasm off]

    I want to read gossips, not your pendejadas…. See you in a week sucker.

  74. cn says – reply to this


    Let me get this straight (no pun intended). You get paid thousands of dollars to discriminate against everyone and anything. You bash people without getting the full story of anything. Not to mention your info is mostly founded on other websites… With that being said, your up in arms for someone speaking there mind and not lying!! Not to mention her statement(s) go along with how most americans feel on the subject!!……Don't you realize you look like the idiot here!! Everyone is laughing at you…telling you to shut the fuck up….I think you know that your wrong…But you can't help but love seeing your face all over television..

  75. 75

    Well said, Shanna! :)

  76. 76


  77. minka says – reply to this


    I'm really going to miss your website.

  78. 78

    Re: theresalongo – Finally! Very well said. I agree with you 100%

    By the way, faithinGod2, the Adam and Steve phrase is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Right afther Miss California's answer, of course. LOL

  79. 79


  80. 80

    Convince yourself anyway that people want gay marriage why don't you.
    Most of these celebs would vote gayness down no problem but just don't
    want to say it to your face. Didn't California already vote in down before
    don't you remember. All I can say is that you're after putting yourself in a deep shitty hole with your outburst and rights for gay people along with it.

  81. 81

    Re: jsuave – perez doesn't mind offending ppl so long as they are for his opinion - to the others who gets offended, he gives them the middle finger and yet he is preaching equality for everyone when he doesn't do the very thing he preaches to everyone else… Hypocrite, plain and simple.. He chooses equality when it benefits him but when it's against him he dishonors the very thing american men and women have died for…

  82. 82

    I am just completely sick of hearing about this. I honestly don't think she did anything wrong. I do believe that gay marriage should be legal. But that's MY OPINION. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and just because you don't agree with it doesn't mean you should go make a big media circus out of it. Quite frankly, I am glad that she answered it honestly, because if she doesn't really believe it… why should she lie just to please you and half of America? Instead, you throw a temper tantrum and fail to acknowledge that there is another half of America and they agree with her Oh… but she went and pissed off the almightly PerezHilton, because she doesn't believe what he does. Frankly, you are acting like a 5 year old and its disgusting.

  83. 83

    This bitch needs to shut the F*ck up and go away already…….

    damn she is annoying!!!!

  84. 84


  85. 85

    lolol You know what people are acting like this pageant shit is government….ITS SO NOT!!! Smile wave turn…

  86. 86

    Yeah for Shanna! I knew I always liked her..

  87. 87

    Shanna Moakler….isn't this the one who can't decide whether to stay married or not…depending on the day of the week? Yeah, her point of view means a lot…..Mario….show us a credible source please….instead of the shit for brains/bleached blondes that you usually trash…unless they share the opinion that you do. Then you cut them some slack…until tomorrow.

  88. 88

    "Pagent Officials Continue to Distance Themselves from Miss California" - Now Perez just makes up headlines to support his cause even when the story doesn't confirm it.

    PEREZ = LIAR, FRAUD, HYPOCRITE, PUPPET. Get over your faggy self. How arrogant can one person be. YOU ARE WRONG.

  89. 89

    By the way….does Mario even have someone who would want to marry him? Oh yeah….he has that dog, right?

  90. 90

    It's the idiots like you perez and the other DRAMA QUEENS in Hollywood that people that really don't mind gay marriage won't support it. You guys are like typical democrats and liberals, if you don't get your way or if someone disagrees with you you WINE like little kids and try to distroy the person that you think "disrespected" you or disagrees with you. If CA can't pass gay marriage that should tell you something, the isn't another state inthe country with as many limp risted cry babies than in Ca.

  91. 91

    Im over hearing about this crap…Shanna is HOTT though,what was Trav thinking!

  92. 92

    Shanna needs to act like she likes Perez so he doesnt ruin her rep…….but hold on what Rep?
    shes a nobody a Z lister

  93. 93

    So interesting that PH hates like crazy on Shanna for years and now she is his little Queen.

    Perez, all this bigotry wherein you'll whore your soul for the Gay Marriage movement only hurts your standing and the cause. Your shoving it down our throats and we really don't appreciate it much.

    You're our little blogger - we really don't care about your feelings on gay marriage! Seriously!!!

  94. 94

    Face it homos, most people don't care for fags. You weren't born by gays parents….its not what god wants!!!!

  95. 95

    Shanna seems cool but i cant tell if she is a big fake or what. She is not as hot, by the way, what happened. she is not a porker like u say perezzle. shes just… cant put my finger on it

  96. 96

    A wonderful blog post from Shanna! She IS right. Miss USA is supposed to represent America as a WHOLE. Miss California's comment was not only cruel to the gay community but insensitive as well. I am glad she did not win.

  97. 97

    There are a lot of people on here bitching about the fact that this is still going on and on Perez's site of all things!
    Look it is Perez's blog if you don't want to read what he writes about then shove off.
    Ofcorse this is going to go on a while. not only is Gay rights extremely important to most people(for better or worse) but this happened to PEREZ. He was a judge, he asked the question.
    I am a straight woman in a commited heterosexual relationship but Gay rights are extremely clost to my heart and I would be just as upset as Perez.
    Also on a total queeny bitchy note, those who love pagents and think its tops but have a problem with Perez's view need to have a quick look at the similarities between a pagent like Miss USA and a DRAG show. for real!
    Queer up America because the times they are a changin!

  98. 98

    Her comments are great, but it would sound even better if she had someone to edit her stuff before posting. She sounds uneducated- a 3rd grader would be able to pick up on many of those grammatical errors.

  99. 99

    Markus nailed it…..i totally agree with him/her
    Shanna is a not a little Princess

  100. 100

    shit, how the hell does she keep her head up with those earrings???

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