CT for the win

Confession: I did not watch the Miss USA pageant. But I was happy to hear that my great home state of Connecticut is finally seeing its day in the sun thanks to Erin Brady.

628x471I mean it’s somewhat false advertising because people in CT aren’t generally that tan, but congrats anyway.

Of course the thing everyone is talking about is Miss Utah’s idiotic answer:

Q: “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”

A: “I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are … continuing to try to strive to [epic pause] figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. And I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create educate better so we can solve this problem. Thank you.”

Nailed it.

Nailed it.

I say give her a break: First of all how should she know? She’s from Utah – the women there don’t work; they’re all sister wives. Second of all, she may have been distracted by the fact that NeNe Leakes was asking her the question. And she still wasn’t as bad as Miss Teen South Carolina in 2007:

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Fact. People don’t have maps.

Rhode Island?!

The joke’s on Miss Congeniality because Rhode Island actually won for real! Of course I’m talking about Miss USA not Miss America – totally different.

O M G

I watched the Miss USA pageant for a few minutes before realizing it was excruciatingly boring and flipped over to the MTV movies awards, which were a train wreck. I finally settled on a more palatable train wreck and watched RHONJ (side note: it feels a little unhealthy to be reading Andy Cohen’s book, then watch him host Miss USA, and then watch Real Housewives).

All I can say is congrats to Miss RI for winning despite that evening gown she chose, for making the cello hot, and for showing the judges that East Coast girls can get their hair big too. Also, I found it really pervy that Rob Kardahsian and Joe Jonas were judges.

See photos from the pageant HERE

Congratulations, Gays of New York!

Congrats to New York for joining its neighbor, Connecticut, and becoming the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage. As a trend-setting state, hopefully New York will spark movement from the rest of the country.

- NYC Gay Pride Parade June 26, 2011 (Getty Images) -

 See the whole sideshow here: CT Post

On a related note, I have a bone to pick with my friend Andy Cohen: stop awkwardly asking people if the support gay marriage! I know that Andy is a journalist of sorts, and obviously as a journalist, I support asking the difficult questions. However when you are doing light-hearted interviews on “Watch What Happens Live,” it becomes a little weird. Last night he put OC Housewife Vicki Gunvalson in the awkward position of answering that question. She said “yes” so as not to offend Andy, but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t support gay marriage. I love Vicki to the end, but she’s a Midwest Bible freak through and through. This comes after he asked the newly crowned Miss USA the same question and she stumbled to answer. It just makes for weird TV that’s all.

She loves long walks on the beach, world peace, gay people and Charles Darwin

I did not watch the Miss USA pageant, although I did catch the new Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella’s, appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy after Housewives of New Jersey. But I did a little light reading on he beauty queen since it is our duty as citizens to educate ourselves on our country’s leaders….

- Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011 -

Anyway, it turns out that the former Miss California was one of only two contestants along with Miss Massachusetts to 100% support teaching evolution in schools (what’s going on with you, Miss CT?). In a preliminary questionnaire many of the contestants struggled with the question of “should evolution be taught in schools?” Most of them went with “yes but so should creationism,” and Miss Kentucky, Miss Alaska and Miss Alabama just flat out said “no.” – USA Today

I knew that it was a controversial subject in the Bible belt states, but I would never in a million years have guessed that out of 51 women, only two would support the theory of evolution – granted, beauty pageant contestants tend to be politically conservative. But it still seems a little “stone age” to me.

So, I did some further research and it turns out anti-Darwinist sentiments are way more common than I thought. I guess I’ve been living in a liberal bubble here in Connecticut. I mean, I went to a Catholic middle school and they still taught us the theory of evolution!

(Click HERE to see NPR’s list of state-by-state policies on teaching evolution.)

Well at least the Miss USA judges picked a girl with half a brain. Yes, this is a predominantly Christian nation and I don’t go as far as supporting taking the word “God” out of the pledge of allegiance, but to teach the Bible and nothing but the Bible in public schools? I don’t see how anyone could justify that – tiara or no tiara.

Our new reigning queen also told Andy Cohen that she supports gay marriage – although she may or may not have answered truthfully and I wouldn’t even blame her if she lied because it would have been super awkward if she had said “no.”

Tiara Time!

The Miss USA pageant is this Sunday on NBC. Normally I wouldn’t be all that excited about it but this year my main man, Andy Cohen hosting! (And so is Giuliana Rancic, but who cares). I can’t wait to hear what Andy has to say about the ladies.

Click here to see tons of galleries and get your beauty pageant fix for the day: Miss USA 2011

- Regina Turner, Miss CT -