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Will the Media Silence the Naysayers?

These days, it seems that it’s what you DON’T say rather than what you DO say that can get you in trouble. And it always seem that the celebs are always in the hot spot as they always seem to stay in trouble. What they say is often misconstrued or taken out of context. They have to be extra careful with what they say being caught on camera, or on the news and potentially harming their careers.

Although Hollywood celebrities struggle most with it , almost anyone is susceptible. Most any and everything they say lands them and their names and their unfortunate photos in a media-laden land of opportunists. Even if they say something good or something right, they’re criticized. Even if it’s jus their opinions, they’re still criticized. Is there winning anywhere, ever?

Carrie Prejean, the runner-up to the Miss USA winner, Kristen Dalton knows exactly what that feels like. She said something, or rather answered something, that got her into trouble. More specifically, what she said may have cost her the Miss USA crown.

It turns out that what she said was her opinion about gay marriages – that it’s only right that marriages exist between a man and a woman, – wasn’t as popular or exciting as some of the other contestant’s questions. She was booed from the stage. Perez Hilton, one of the judges and the one who asked the ill-fated question, felt that the comment cost her the crown. He was right.

“The way miss California answered her question lost her the crown, without a doubt!” Perez told Access Hollywood after the pageant. “Never before that I’m aware of has a contestant been booed at Miss USA.”

So how much responsibility should the pageant director’s have in the outcome? Should they be held accountable too? There is talk of lawsuits with pageant directors and big names like “Donald Trump” all tied in together.  

The media seemed to have a field day with this situation, replaying the question over and over on network stations and all across the Internet. It caused quite a media fire-storm when Carrie un-surprisingly did not win.

Because this has been broadcasted so many times in media outlets, it’s doubtful if Carrie will ever outlive this snafu or if she will be forever tied to the “one who said that.” Only time will tell.

What do you think the media should do? If Carrie ignores them, will they go away? Should the media keep pouncing on this story?

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Bridget Wright

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I am a freelance writer, blogger and professional motivational speaker. I primarily focus on business content, offering my clients strategic marketing strategies for their businesses. I have been an entrepreneur for over 13 years, after having worked extensively in corporate America.