On NBC Sunday night, the new Miss USA, Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island, carefully toed the “LGBT” line endorsing the idea of transgender beauty queens to win the crown. She learned from Carrie Prejean, who lost the Miss USA crown in 2009 after refusing to endorse judge Perez Hilton's demand for an endorsement of gay marriage. Hilton, and then the rest of the media, denounced Prejean for weeks afterward.
AP reports after making it to the top five, Culpo was asked by judge Rob Kardashian, "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?" The question came from “a pageant follower on Twitter,” but obviously NBC and Donald Trump, who now owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, plucked it out of the tweet basket:
Culpo didn't hesitate before embracing the Miss Universe Organization's recent decision to admit transgender contestants.
"I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country," Culpo said.
Culpo said after the pageant that she wasn't put off by the question when she heard it.
"This is a free country and to each their own," she said.
To each their own genital choice from the menu? Donald Trump told Fox News that he vetted all of the questions, including the one about transgendered contestants. "Whoever gets that one ... that's a tough one," he said he thought after okaying the question. "She gave a great answer."
She gave the Politically Correct Answer. So Trump is pressured into surrendering on the transgender contestants, and then he then turned around and pressured the contestants to endorse his surrender on camera. What a goose-stepping parade this is.
For his part, Perez Hilton is still demanding more "progress," cheering on the "herstoric" achievement of the transgender contestant in Canada that sued Trump -- Jenna Talackova, which sounds awfully close to Genital Whack-offa -- making the Top 12 and getting a "Miss Congeniality" prize. "Being a pioneer in ending discrimination trumps not taking home the crown, in our opinion!"