I have been a consultant to the stars for many years… decades, to be exact. It is a job that I enjoy very much, and I often find incredible success with my clients. I am very proud of my work, but there are those times when a client decides to ignore my suggestions and go his/her own way. I never know when those moments will happen, and I find myself praying that those moments do NOT happen on live television. It can be embarrassing for my client, for me, and for all those involved with that said client.
This last Sunday was just one of those moments. The Miss USA pageant took place and it was a humdinger. My client, Miss California Carrie Prejean, seemed to have the contest put away… that is, until the dreaded judges questions section. She stood there on stage, looking magnificent, and delivered one of the most heinous answers to a question ever.
The question was given by Perez Hilton, a man who I often get confused with Paris Hilton. I guess that is his gimmick. Hilton’s question to Prejean was, “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
Now, I am sure I do not have to tell you that the Miss USA pageant is all about political correctness. Anyone would be a fool to think otherwise. The contest thrives on political correctness, all the way down to the name of the contest. I mean, how much more P.C. can “The Miss USA Pageant” be? If they were more daring, they would call it “T&A Pure Cane Sugar Contest.”
My directions to Miss California were simple. I told her that all she had to remember were three letters: B P C.
Apparently she remembered three completely different letters: X J Q.
And those letters do not stand for ANYTHING.
Look at this screenshot from the swimsuit portion of the program. She scored a NINE.
All she had to do was B P C. But instead, she answered the question like this:
“Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and in, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think that it should be between a man and a woman.”
First off, I must address the “my country” part. Excuse me, Miss California, but your “country” is The United States of America. You are, after all, in a Miss USA contest.
Secondly, B…. P….. C! Egads.
In an interview on The Billy Bush Show, Prejean stated that “It did cost me my crown. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that’s all I can do.”
I applaud you for being true to yourself. I really do. But the Miss USA contest is not about being true to yourself. It is about winning. Do not enter a contest if you do not plan on winning. If your goal is to fail, then do not enter it and let someone else have a chance. I do not offer my services to people who do not have the brass ring in mind.
She did, however, tell Billy Bush that “I feel like I won. I feel like I’m the winner. I really do, Billy.” She then noted that she had 1,000 messages on Facebook and 2,000 friend requests.
Yes, that is just as exciting as winning the pageant. Good for you. Something to put on your resume.
Next time when a someone requests my services, I will make sure that at the bare minimum, they can recall three simple letters. Is that too much to ask for?
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