A silly Miss California pageant winner might be stripped of her title because she’s violated the contract she signed before entering the competition – namely, she lied about having previously been photographed partially nude, and she’s been using her position as pageant winner in ways not authorised by the pageant.

These clauses being standard parts of pageant contracts have never seemed to bother conservatives before, but now… well. Andrew Bolt thunders:

Prejean’s sin? To say, as does Obama, that she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

No, Andrew, her sin was to break the rules. Rules which, were she in some way a lefty, you’d mock her for thinking she should get away with breaking. (I think the way these pageants work is pretty contemptible, but, again, it’s not like you’ve expressed a problem with them previously.)

That’s why she’s likely to lose her “crown”. Breaking the rules. Her staggering bigotry had nothing to do with it.

Bolt, who’d rather see it as a freedom-crushing conspiracy from the left (a celebrity blogger named Perez Hilton called her a rude name! Help help, she’s being oppressed!), is painting her as an innocent victim of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD. He declares the following response “shows all the class, civility and respect for difference that her critics so manifestly lack”:

“I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be,” she said. “But these attacks on me and others who speak in defense of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others’ opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks.”

Intolerant? It’s not gay people who are telling her that she shouldn’t be able to get married. How’s telling gay people that they shouldn’t have the same rights she does “respect for difference”? Is Bolt mad?

Let’s be clear here: what she said on that podium was just as oppressive and nasty as if she’d stood up and declared that “marriage is between a man and a woman of the same race”. Or stood up in defence of “traditional slavery”.

And is a pageant expected to accept its name being used to support ANY political cause, no matter how offensive?

PS Do you think Andy gets the irony of a hardline conservative referencing the right-wing witch-hunts of the 1950s that involved interrogating lefties with “were you, or have you ever been a member of the communist party”?

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