The latest beauty queen flub heard around the world has garnered some support from a pageant veteran who knows a thing or two about stirring up controversial interview responses.
Last night Miss USA contestant Marissa Powell had to give her thoughts on the fact that women still earn less than men in our society and came up with “we need to figure out how to create education better…”
But four years ago it was Carrie Prejean whose response gained media traction when she opined on stage about legalizing gay marriage (and subsequently made her one of the most hated people of 2009) with her words: “And you know what, 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 anyone out there, but that’s how I was raised, and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman.”
Only now the dethroned Miss California is giving her advice to the newest blundering beauty queen and puts it simply for the rest of us: “What’s the big deal, people!?”
“I just think people are bored and want to stir up the drama,” Prejean told Celebuzz.
“I think she tried to answer it the best she could. I probably would have answered it differently, but everyone makes mistakes and I don’t think people should make fun of her. People are bullying her right now. They need to stop that.”
The 26-year-old mom of two defends Powell’s bombed response, saying there’s a lot going on when the ladies get to the dreaded interview portion of the televised night.
“It’s very overwhelming when you’re on stage and maybe she just let her nerves get the best of her,” added Prejean, who’s now married to former NFL quarterback Kyle Boller.
“I think it’s interesting that they call this a beauty pageant and you have all these girls who are beautiful and they work out hard and they walk on stage and all of a sudden they’re slammed with controversial questions and we always want them to make a mistake. That’s what sells,” added Prejean. “Nobody wants to hear about the girl who won and gave a great answer.”
So, take these words of widom from a pro, Miss Utah (who given the gaffe actually didn’t do so bad, coming in third place.) Prejean says take a minute and come up with a better response to get the public off your back.
“She should soak it all in and then clarify and let her voice be heard,” said Prejean. “I would tell her to let people know what she meant so we can all move on and not focus on the negative.
“I think what she meant to say was that it’s unfortunate that women don’t get paid as much as men do. I don’t know what she meant by education, I don’t think that’s what she wanted to say.”