Vanessa William talks about Miss California Carrie Prejean

Vanessa Williams -- looking fabulous -- is doing a bunch of press for her new album, The Real Thing. The former Miss America recently sat down with Out magazine and the topic of Miss California, Carrie Prejean's anti-gay remarks at the Miss USA pageant came up. I chopped out a bit for the TL;DR crowd:


During your reign as Miss America in 1984 you were involved in one of the most infamous beauty pageant scandals ever and gave up your crown after suggestive photos of you were published. Recently another pageant contestant, Miss California Carrie Prejean, came under fire after she spoke out against the right for same-sex marriage. Do you think it’s fair the way the media handled her response?

I’m surprised at how much this story has gone on and on. My personal opinion is really, “Who cares?” She’s not running for a government position that could make an actual change in policy, so who cares? Let it die.

Do you think they should have stripped her of her title?
Who cares! Really, who cares in the grand scheme of things?

She also spoke out the upcoming season of Ugly Betty:

Ugly Betty has just been renewed for a fourth season. Are you still enjoying playing Wilhelmina?
I absolutely love her. We just got moved next season to Friday nights at 9:00, so I hope all the fans follow us. I hope that (time change) is not an indication of anything. I love our cast, our writers and our creator. It’s a ball to work on, and it just gets more and more delicious every season.

Can you reveal anything that’s going to happen in the next season?
We are going to be doing a musical episode where everyone is going to sing. I also sang in the season finale this year with Christine Baranski. Every season they give me more and more things to do. I’m playing tennis with Billie Jean King. I’m speaking French. It just seems like Wilhelmina is an expert at everything. The challenge is always looking like everything is effortless.

Is there a song that you’ve recorded that you think would be perfect for Wilhelmina?
“Come on Strong.” It’s an insistent song from the new album. Lena Horne originally did it, and if Wilhelmina was going to sing a song, this is the song she needs to sing.


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