I have been up and down like a roller coaster on this one.
Well, actually, I haven’t really thought about it at all, but if I did, there would be a roller coaster. Or at least a ferris wheel.
Of course, when I first heard the story that Miss California was anti-same sex marriage, I figured, “What a Bad Cookie this one is. Bummer.” But then I learned more and realized that the situation is more complex than this.
Let’s look at data. Here is the question and answer that everyone is talking about. Listen to her answer:
Let us analyze. Word for word, more or less:
“… I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other…”
Ah. This is a phrase that is almost always left off the sound bite. Miss California has explicitly stated that she is in support of a society in which people can choose to be in either a same sex marriage or, as she puts it, an “opposite marriage.” Good for her. There is no ambiguity that she says this. She says it twice. She is very clear on this.
… then …
“… You know what? … In my country, and in my family….” Then she goes on to explain that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
So, at this point, I originally made the following interpretations:
1) She is all for diversity;
2) She is personally homophobic, which is not the worst thing in the world if you are not totally imposing your beliefs on everyone else (although it isn’t good);
3) She is a bit confused on reality, in that we are not actually a country in which we have the choice. Living in a cave, not too smart, disengaged with politics, whatever. But I’m sure her job requires a lot of focus (seriously) and I don’t expect everyone to be a civics expert.
Then, I thought the press was being a bit unfair because they were characterizing her beliefs as anti-same sex marriage when they are actually more complex … in favor of legal same sex marriage but it is just not for her and she basically does not like the idea, but is willing to live and let live.
Later, I found out that the guy asking the question was a: Perez Hilton … and thought “WTF? … Isn’t there a ‘Paris Hilton’ and is Perez her brother or something?”
Then I found out that the guy asking the question was a blogger. I thought that was cool.
Then I found out that this bloger called her the “B-word” and the “C-word.” I’m sorry, but I feel that even if you don’t like someone you should not be using those awful words. And besides, nobody wants to be called a Booboo-Face or a Creton. Am I right or am I right?????
Then, I saw Miss California on MSNBC where she gave an interview in which she made it totally clear that she is totally against same sex marriage. So this bit where she is saying she’s glad we live in a country where same sex marriage is OK (sic) was … what exactly?
So now, this brings us back to the video above. Have another look.
Start the tape at 29 seconds.
Listen to the tone of voice, watch her eyes, watch her eyebrows, her cheeks, her coloration, and watch the angle at which she holds her head. You will need to watch the tape three or four times. You are looking for a change at 39 seconds.
Stop the tape at 40 seconds and look at the expression on her face.
Now rewind it one more time and at 39.75 seconds you’ll hear it …
Ever so quietly. That is the sound of this beeach’s homophobia mechanism kicking in. Fascinating. What a cuckoo face.
(Maneno = big problem)