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Perez Hilton on 'Miss USA': Our unlikely hero?

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Say what you will about Perez Hilton and the Miss USA pageant, but when the two collided this weekend something went horribly right — for 59 seconds, anyway. Okay, really, only a fraction of the 59 seconds went right, but, hey, we’ll take what we can get. The glorious less-than-a-minute came when Miss California (coincidentally from the Prop 8 state itself) drew Hilton (who was on the judging panel) as her questioner in that part where they talk about allegedly socially relevant stuff like how pro-babies, puppies, and world peace they are. Hilton, known primarily for his ability to scrawl offensive things across paparazzi shots of celebs, suddenly morphed into a hardcore journalist and asked a gutsy, direct, genuinely relevant question: “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?” And, well, Miss Cali did no service to womankind — much less the gay marriage movement — with her stumbling answer, which started with: “I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other.” (We are?) “We live in a land where we can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage.” (We do?) She then goes on to say she chooses the latter — you know, “opposite marriage.”

Check out the clip and then tell us: Did this turn you around on Perez? Or on opposite marriage, for that matter? Did this stumble help Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton win?