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Miss California’s been let go. Can queers let it go now? June 10, 2009

Posted by Paige of Quarrel in pressure gage, we're only gonna die.
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Miss California, Carrie Prejean, the beauty queen that queens love to hate, has been fired.   Can we move on now?  No matter what she said, no matter how stupid or irritating what she said may have been, can it be over now?

She offered a point of view.  It was poorly worded and poorly thought out and that alone should have been enough for her to lose the national pageant.  She then said publicly that she believed she was discriminated against for expressing that view, but what she really meant was that Perez Hilton must have like OMG sabotaged her cause he hates god-fearing Christians and makes Jesus cry by being so gay.  That accusation had to be answered.  She had to be told that she clearly misunderstands the term “discrimination.”

That happened.  Sure, she argued an indefensible position past the point of good sense.  But now that she and her family have been dragged through the mud for so long and she’s lost her job, can we act like humans and let it go?  The queer community and our allies have behaved miserably about this whole thing.  So did Prejean.  That’s not the point.  We’re responsible for our behavior no matter what they do or say.  We need to be accountable for our words too.

What say you my fellow queers, can we forget her now and move on to, say, criticizing the actual people in positions of power that are working to keep us from having equal rights?  Can we get back on message and cut the ad hominem crap?

I’m afraid I already know the answer, but let’s give it a shot anyways.