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Tuesday April 21, 2009 4:35 am

Perez Hilton Responds to Miss California Controversy

Perez Hilton

Gossip blogger and sometime Miss USA judge , who created a firestorm of controversy around the normally sedate pageant, clarified his position during an appearance on Larry King Live.

Hilton became the most talked-about moment of the contest when he asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean, if she believes all states should ratify gay marriage, as Vermont did recently. Miss Prejean expressed the view that marriage ought to be between a man and a woman.

And as they say, the issue hit the fan. Perez responded with an angry video on his blog, Miss Prejean has been all over the media and almost no one is talking about the fact that Miss North Carolina went on to win the whole show (Miss California of the controversial answer finished as the overall runner-up).

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Hilton talked about it all during a sit-down with King. “It was a bad answer,” he was unequivocal. “Honesty is great. However, in an interview this morning she said that the audience, the judges, expected her to be politically correct. You want to know what, yes! I do expect Miss USA to be politically correct. Do we want a Miss USA that’s politically insensitive, that’s politically offensive? No! So I didn’t disagree with her not believing in the rights for gays and lesbians to be equal under the law. I disagreed with how she answered the question, because Miss USA should be all-inclusive.” Hilton called the answer Miss California gave “instantly divisive and alienating.”

King and Hilton went on to talk about the aftermath of the event and the eventual results of the pageant. You can view the interview . Miss Prejean could not find the time to make an appearance on the show.


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