Monday, April 27, 2009

The only interview I read

Let me be clear and direct: I couldn’t possibly care less about Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who became famous when, first, she said marriage should only be allowed between one man and one woman, then even more so when christianist wingnuts adopted her as their cause célèbre. Meh.

I don’t care about “beauty queens”, their pageants or anything that happens in them. Most of these young ladies, quite frankly, seem to be not very bright, so Ms. Prejean’s views seemed neither surprising nor coherent. I didn’t care about what the media reported on this, and I haven’t read a single interview with her—until now.

Veteran gay über-journalist Rex Wockner has posted to his blog an interview with Ms. Prejean that’s pretty surprising. She doesn’t offer any stunning insights into her views—indeed, they seem as shallow and unexamined as they did in the initial media flurry. But Rex does a great job of attempting to get her to see beyond the simplistic pat talking points offered by her church.

I was stunned—literally—to read her saying she likes President Obama. What on earth will her megachurch/wingnut supporters make of that?!

The interview is accompanied by a number of photos. Ms. Prejean is pretty enough, I suppose, but what stunned me is that Rex doesn’t seem to have aged in the 15 years since I knew him in Chicago. That was surprising in itself.


Roger Owen Green said...

Miss Prejean, even in her original answer, did not seem that doctrinaire. Shew seemed to ramble a bit before she made her point.
I don't care about beauty pageants (well, not since Vanessa Williams won), but I do think it was a bit unfair for her to have gotten stuck w that question. I think that there'd be a furor no matter how she answered. Now if EVERYONE at that point in the competition had gotten that same question, that'd be another matter.

Arthur Schenck said...

Yeah, I really don't care about any of this. But it's true that no contestant could get away with saying that marriage should only between two people of the same race, even if they think that. So maybe the furore shows that Rex is right, and we've reached a tipping point where it's no longer acceptable to say homophobic things, even if they aren't doctrinaire or the question unfair.