Isn’t a beauty pageant under enough strain to keep itself away from “bimbo”esque image that now they have to make sure that the image does not become “homophobic bimbo” esque?
During the televised event, Carrie Prejean – Miss California – said she believed that “a marriage should be between a man and a woman”.
“We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage,” said Ms Prejean, in a section of the show that has become a popular clip on YouTube.
“I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,” she continued.
“No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
The remarks drew a mixture of booing and applause from the audience.
Speaking after the show, which was broadcast on Sunday evening in the US, Ms Prejean said: “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.”
Hilton said he had been “floored” by Ms Prejean’s answer, which, he said, “alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters”.
He told ABC News: “She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that.”