Miss USA Judge Entertainment Reporter, Alicia Jacobs Comments on Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean's Remarks

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Entertainment Reporter Alicia Jacobs comments on her exclusive first hand account from the judges table, of the much talked about Miss USA 2009 "YouTube Moment", which took place during the live telecast of the pageant from the Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino in Las Vegas

Entertainment Reporter Alicia Jacobs, a former Miss Nevada USA, is taking to her blog (http://aliciastage3.blogspot.com) to comment on Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean's offensive remarks during the live telecast of the Miss USA Pageant, from the Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino in Las Vegas.

In her first hand account of judging the 2009 MISS USA Pageant Jacobs discusses what is now referred to as "The Miss California USA Debacle!" in her April 21st blog entry titled, "Pretty is as pretty does!" She writes, "I can tell you that it greatly affected me & the final score I gave Carrie Prejean." Of the 5 judges that were asked questions, Perez Hilton was the only judge who had prepared his own question, which had previously been approved by Miss Universe Organization President, Paula Shugart and the telecast producers. Alicia Jacobs continues, "Please understand, that as a journalist, I am passionate about freedom of speech, however, I am also passionate about the importance of compassion & humanity, & that we should all have the right to love & share our lives with whomever we chose. If Carrie Prejean is against gay marriage, she certainly has that right, but, if it was her intention to be Miss USA (and I think it was) why not answer that question with diplomacy & heart? Sometimes, (pageants & politics, to name a few) we have to be mindful of using a platform in a hurtful way, like international television (The Miss USA Pageant was seen by over 7 million viewers in the U.S. alone, & in at least 121 different countries) Yes, Miss USA should be beautiful, be physically fit, & look great in a swimsuit, she also has to be able to think on her feet & answer any question thrown at her in an articulate & non-offensive manner. Outwardly, Miss California USA was wonderfully prepared, & in many ways, she looked the part of Miss USA. It has occurred to me that the all-knowing power of the Universe took over the final 15 minutes of the Miss USA telecast. What were the odds that Perez Hilton, an openly gay man, who insisted on writing his own question, would have his name randomly selected by Miss California USA? Thank goodness, or thank the universe for this occurrence...how horrible if Miss California USA's lack of good judgement had not been disclosed until it was too late? Maybe it's true, & maybe everything really does happen for a reason. It is my opinion that MISS USA must have social grace...Miss California USA does not.

And perhaps most importantly, Jacobs states the one most overlooked fact, "In spite of everything, there is still a good chance that Miss California USA Carrie Prejean could be crowned our Miss USA, should Kristen Dalton, Miss USA become Miss Universe this summer."

Jacobs will be giving details on her experience at Miss USA in her entertainment segment tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. on KVBC Channel 3 Las Vegas and 10:00 p.m. on the CW Network - including her exclusive conversations with Keith Lewis, Executive Director of The Miss California USA Pageant, his business partner/pageant co-director, former Miss USA, actress Shanna Moakler, and the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, following the live telecast. She will also divulge exactly where Miss California USA Carrie Prejean & Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton stood in the scoring before Perez Hilton's question...to read the entire blog, visit: http://aliciastage3.blogspot.com

Alicia Jacobs is a native Las Vegan and a UNLV Alumni. She is a former Miss Nevada USA and Miss United States. Alicia began covering Entertainment News at Las Vegas' ABC affiliate, and she joined KVBC News in November of 2003. She is featured on the 4 o'clock and 11 o'clock newscasts, as well as "News 3 Today," "Wake-up with the Wagners," & the 10:00PM news on the CW Network. Proclaimed "Queen of Celebrity Scoop" by "Vegas Magazine," Alicia's interviews have included George Clooney, the Jonas Brothers, Bob Hope, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay Leno, Josh Groban, Drew Barrymore, & Andrea Bocelli's first ever English language interview. Active in the Las Vegas community, Alicia has been a board member for the American Cancer Society, having twice chaired the Great American Smoke Out. She is on the board of directors of the Nevada SPCA and has contributed her likeness and voice to countless campaigns on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA. In addition to her Entertainment Reporting, Alicia raises awareness for numerous animal causes, both through special appearances & through her popular "Pet Adoption" segments on KVBC. Alicia dedicates her animal activism to two of her dogs, Cuddles & Princess, who, while no longer with us, remain a cherished part of her life.


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