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Last night, NBC aired the 2009 “Miss USA” pageant, and apparently about a minute of the telecast was actually kind of interesting. Among the pageant’s barely-recognizable celebrity judges was gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who managed to emerge from the pageant’s cloud of spray tan and tacky gowns to ask Miss California Carrie Prejean a real question (above): What are her thoughts on gay marriage?

Here’s what Prejean had to say:

“Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. Um, we live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family, I think that—-I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anyone out there, but that’s how I was raised, and that’s how I think it should be—-between a man and a woman. Thank you.”

The answer was met with cheers and boos. Hilton responded instantly with his bitch face, but waited to crawl back into the safety of his gossip blog empire to call Prejean a “dumb bitch” and declare her response “the worst answer in pageant history”—-putting it below Miss Teen USA South Carolina‘s infamous pageant Q&A performance:

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Hey, what California lacks in South Carolina’s eloquence, it makes up for in bigotry.