irony

As my good friend, Sarah, likes to say, “You can’t make this stuff up.”

Irony, according to my favorite dictionary (courtesy of Apple) is ‘a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.’

Miss California, by way of irony, has recently given us quite a bang for our buck. While preaching against gay marriage in the name of the holy church and bible, it’s been uncovered that:

  • Her bible and religion don’t scoff at young women taking off their clothes and posing for nude photographs, but do oppose loving people making a lifelong, serious commitment to one another and raising families.
  • She lied when she said the first set of nude photos that were released on the internet were the only ones.
  • The breasts God gave her simply weren’t good enough and she had to get new ones.
  • She violated her Miss California contract by not revealing her nude pictures to the pageant committee.
  • Her declaration against gay marriage (the rights for which somewhere around half the population of her state support) does not toe the line of representing fully the state she has been honored to represent.

And then…Donald Trump lets Carrie Prejean keep her crown. My head is spinning.

Personally, I’m not into this plot at all. It has politics and loud ick factor…but no substance. You’re right, Sarah, we would never make this up – it’s just too…banal.

Writers, we can do so much better than this…can’t we?

UPDATE: Like Manna from Heaven – me and Keith Olbermann are one. I just found this and nearly fell off my chair. Thank you, Mr. Olbermann, for speaking up so eloquently:

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Meghan says:

    Thank you Julie for voicing exactly what I’ve been thinking the last couple of days. And as a Californian, thank you for pointing out that her views do no represent the rest of us. Because they don’t. Now hopefully Trump will just go back to firing celebrities on TV, and Carrie can get on with her job of attending Supermarket openings, or whatever it is she’ll do. And I promise if I run into her at an opening in my area I will only look on with pity and not make one crack about her fake boobs.
    Ok, well maybe one…

  • Linda says:

    I agree with all of your points except the last one. Had she answered differently, she would still not be “representing fully the state she has been honored to represent.” Many Californians feel the same way she does.

    She’s entitled to her opinion, popular or not. If they want pretty answers, the pageant people should ask pretty questions, not controversial ones. I applaud her for answering the question truthfully.

    But all that other stuff? Definitely hard to defend that.

  • Julie Roads says:

    Linda – Of course, if she had chosen any one side, she wouldn’t be representing everyone. That was my point – not that she chose the ‘wrong’ side. Many people have offered ideas for how she could have answered it in a way that didn’t chose sides but was inclusive – like: “this is up to our voting and legal system to decide…”, etc…
    That’s what I was suggesting. The fact that she chose a side – whatever side that was, means that she is not representing her ‘constituents.’

  • Before reading this post, I was only vaguely aware of the Miss California drama. Well said, and thank you so much for including the Keith Olbermann video. He hit the nail squarely on the head.

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