Miss California Pageant Fires Carrie Prejean

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By Katherine T. Phan
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Jun. 11 2009 07:45 AM EDT

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean has been fired for not upholding her contractual duties, pageant officials and owner Donald Trump announced in a statement Wednesday.

The left-field announcement comes just one month after Trump, who owns the Miss Universe franchise, appeared with Prejean in a press conference and said the 22-year-old beauty queen could keep her crown amid a strong wave of criticism from gay marriage supporters.

Carrie Prejean (Credit: Phil Konstantin)

Carrie Prejean (Credit: Phil Konstantin)

Prejean had made headlines since the Miss USA pageant in April, when she famously said she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman in response to a question asked by celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

On Wednesday, however, Keith Lewis, executive director of Miss California USA, emphasized in the statement that the decision to fire Prejean was strictly based on her failure to fulfill obligations outlined in her contract and not based on her views on gay marriage.

“This was a decision based solely on contract violations including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization,” said Lewis.

“After our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship ,” he stated. “However, since that time it has become abundantly clear that Carrie is unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together.”

Trump, who had earlier commended Prejean for giving an “honorable answer” in response to the gay marriage question and had defended her appearance in racy photos that surfaced, gave the nod for her termination on Wednesday.

“I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so,” Trump said in the statement.

“Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision,” said real estate mogul. “Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests.”

Shortly after the announcements, Prejean, who was first runner-up in the Miss USA competition, said was “shocked” by the news. According to celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com, Prejean said she felt she has been more than cooperative with pageant officials.

“What’s behind this I think is a political debate,” Prejean told TMZ.com over the phone. “They don’t agree with the stance that I took [on Prop 8]. Shanna [Moakler] is trying to bash me. They don’t like me. From day one they wanted me out and they got what they wanted.”

National Organization for Marriage, which had ran a pro-traditional marriage ad featuring a clip of Prejean’s answer, was also skeptical that Prejean’s firing was unrelated to her gay marriage answer.

“Hollywood hates Carrie … and now they are doing what they wanted to do from day one: Get rid of Carrie,” Brian Brown, executive director for NOM, stated.

“This cover story about a contract dispute doesn’t pass the smell test,” he continued. “Americans aren’t fooled that easily. God knows, and we know, the truth about Carrie: She’s a young woman of great beauty who chose truth over the glittering tiara that Hollywood offers.

“Of course they will try to punish her, but we know she will be fine in the end, because her values are in the right place,” he added.

NOM president Maggie Gallagher, meanwhile, offered these words to Prejean: “Congratulations.”

Despite the firing, “Carrie will be free to define her own mission and message from now on,” stated Gallagher, whose organization has been airing an ad featuring Prejean’s widely-known response.

After the ad aired, the Miss Universe Organization said it sent a cease-and-desist letter to NOM claiming the clip of Prejean used in the ad was an unauthorized use of copyrighted material from the 2009 Miss USA television program.

Although Prejean had attracted a bandwagon of critics for her marriage answer, she was celebrated for taking a stand for her beliefs by Christian pro-family groups, many of which gave her the platform to their audiences.

But while many Christian conservatives rose to her defense, some cautioned against ushering her into being the “new family values spokeswoman,” noting that photos of her posing topless (but unexposed) would send a contradictory message.

“Prejean’s pictures are the kind that normally would elicit disapproval from pro-family groups,” Dr. Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of Psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, had told The Christian Post.

“However, some groups (Dove Awards, Liberty University, Values Voters Summit, NOM) have given her a platform simply because she said she believes marriage between a man and a woman, apparently discounting the harm to family values from her risqué modeling work,” he said.

In his blog, Throckmorton wrote, “[U]nless religious conservatives have some kind of answer to our girls about how they can lionize a Miss USA contestant and stress modesty at the same time, I do not see the virtue in giving her the platform.”

During the Las Vegas pageant, openly gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton had asked Prejean whether every state should follow Vermont’s recent move to legalize same-sex marriage.

In response, the Southern Califonria beauty queen said that “in my country, in my family, I do believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

“No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised,” she added.

In an interview after the pageant with entertainment host Billy Bush, Prejean said thought her answer did cost her the crown – a conclusion that most have come to considering her first-runner-up placement.

According to Wednesday’s announcement, Miss Malibu Tami Farrell, the runner-up to Miss California USA ,will take over Prejean’s position. The Miss California USA’s Web site was updated on Wednesday with a photo banner reading, “Congratulations! The New Miss California USA 2009: Tami Farrell.”

The next Miss California will be determined on November 22 at a competition held in Palm Springs.

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8 Responses to “Miss California Pageant Fires Carrie Prejean”

  1. Here is a released text message of Miss Prejean to the pageant director: “What are u gonna do fire me for volunteering for the special olympics hahaha ur crazy No I am doing this appearance. You do not need details. Its for the SPECIAL OLYMPICS!!! You just need to know I will be doing it alright.”

    They objected to her appearing at a benefit for Special Olympics??? This is a contract violation??? Pathetic. I she sues the pants off the creeps.

  2. Wow, Values in place? She posed for Semi-nude pics then wants to be a role model for kids? Way to go NOM president Maggie Gallagher.

  3. If you check, you'll find that those were never intended to be public, and were released without her permission. She has also admitted that this wasn't a good thing to do.

    Why can't homosexual activists admit to the inappropriateness of their own immoral acts?

  4. Miss Prejean also said some of the pictures taken of her looked worse than they were because the wind blew her shirt open. Oh and I guess it's ok to take lewd pictures as long as you didnt think they would be made public.

    What in the world does Miss Prejean have to do with your views on why homosexuals dont admit to their immoral acts. Two totally unrelated subjects. You usually make a more cogent and less childish argument.

  5. As I have stated several times before, she has admitted that having these pictures taken was wrong and unwise of her. Since I mentioned that once already in this very thread, I'm hoping you'll take note of it this time.

    Prejean isn't a perfect example of moral behavior. But then, neither am I, and neither is any other human being on earth. Moral perfection isn't a qualification for stating the truth; if it were, we could have no cops, lawyers, judges, or anyone else charged with upholding moral standards. All it takes is a knowledge of the standard and the courage to ensure it is remembered.

    Most homosexual activists, unfortunately, not only don't try to uphold good moral standards for our society (as Prejean did), they refuse to even admit–as she did–that they have done something wrong. Who is the better, more upright, more mature person: (a) the one who does something wrong but admits it and turns away from the behavior, or (b) the one who does something wrong but insists they did nothing wrong and continues to do it?

    Hopefully now you can understand the relationship between these things.

  6. Miss Prejean also said some of the pictures taken of her looked worse than they were because the wind blew her shirt open. Oh and I guess it's ok to take lewd pictures as long as you didnt think they would be made public.

    What in the world does Miss Prejean have to do with your views on why homosexuals dont admit to their immoral acts. Two totally unrelated subjects. You usually make a more cogent and less childish argument.

  7. As I have stated several times before, she has admitted that having these pictures taken was wrong and unwise of her. Since I mentioned that once already in this very thread, I'm hoping you'll take note of it this time.

    Prejean isn't a perfect example of moral behavior. But then, neither am I, and neither is any other human being on earth. Moral perfection isn't a qualification for stating the truth; if it were, we could have no cops, lawyers, judges, or anyone else charged with upholding moral standards. All it takes is a knowledge of the standard and the courage to ensure it is remembered.

    Most homosexual activists, unfortunately, not only don't try to uphold good moral standards for our society (as Prejean did), they refuse to even admit–as she did–that they have done something wrong. Who is the better, more upright, more mature person: (a) the one who does something wrong but admits it and turns away from the behavior, or (b) the one who does something wrong but insists they did nothing wrong and continues to do it?

    Hopefully now you can understand the relationship between these things.