From USA Today:
Donald Trump says Carrie Prejean’s photos are “fine” and her crown will stay put. “Carrie will remain Miss California.”
The Donald also said at this morning’s press conference: “We had a little bit of a dilemma with Carrie, who is here, lovely, and gave a very, very honest answer when asked a very tough question (about gay marriage) at the recent pageant. It’s the same answer the president of the U.S. gave, the same answer many people gave. It was probably a fair question because it’s asked of many people. If her beauty wasn’t so great, nobody really would have cared. But that’s not the way it worked out.”
Trump also hastened to add that NBC “will soon announce” it is extending its deal to air with the Miss USA pageant for another three years. And he said he’d “love” to have Perez Hilton, the judge who asked the gay marriage question, back next year. Perez immediately Tweeted, “Thanks, Donald, I’d love to be back next year!”
From the Philadelphia Daily News:
OUR NOT-SO-LONG national nightmare is over: Miss California, Carrie Prejean, can keep her title.
We’re still having beauty pageants, dude. We’re fighting over gay marriage. We’re at war with fanatics who stone women for going to school. Are we really in the 21st century?
“It’s the same answer the president of the United States gave,” Trump said of Carrie’s response to Perez’s gay-marriage query. “It’s the same answer many people gave. She gave an honorable answer. She gave an answer from her heart, and I think for that she has to be commended.”
We’re with you, Donald. We have said repeatedly during this ridiculous controversy that Carrie is absolutely entitled to the opinion she stated. It’s a beauty contest, for pete’s (or Trump’s) sake. Carrie was catwalking in high heels, not running for office. She was wearing a sash, not a judge’s robe.
Sure we think her higher authority might frown on the nudie shots and the fake boobs, but that’s just us – and we frown on neither.
So we were 100 percent with The Donald’s decision and with Carrie retaining her title and her important runner-up status should anything happen to whoever actually won.
But then Carrie had to open her mouth.
“On April 19 on that stage I exercised my freedom of speech, and I was punished for doing so,” said Prejean, who described Perez’s question as “politically charged” with a “hidden personal agenda.”
“This should not happen in America.”
Take a breath, dear. Perez’s question was only “politically charged” because you gave him an answer he didn’t want to hear and he made an issue of it. If you want your answer to be respected as coming from your heart, then his question should be respected for coming from his heart.
To review: A real-estate tycoon with an ego the size of the Taj Mahal (the real one, not his), owns a beauty pageant. You, a nice girl from San Diego, appear in it hoping to win fame and fortune. One of the judges is an Internet gossip queen famous for doodling over paparazzi photos.
He asks you a question to expose a viewpoint with which he disagrees. To your credit, you answer his question honestly.
Shazam! One month ago, no one knew you; now you’re being investigated by TMZ.com, appearing on national talk shows, being mentioned as a future political candidate and between 20 and 30 percent of the country loves you – and the handful of people who don’t love you will soon forget about you.
More modeling jobs and paid speeches than you ever could have imagined will soon come your way and surely a book deal is in the works. It also won’t surprise anyone if you score a role on next year’s edition of “Celebrity Apprentice.” One Trump beast, you see, must feed another.
Yes, you had a few weeks of uncomfortable publicity, Carrie Prejean, but you came out the other end of the rabbit hole. You’re set.
And you didn’t even win.
Maybe you’re right. Maybe “This should not happen in America,” but it could only happen in America.
From Associated Baptist Press:
Racy Internet photos have prompted some social conservatives to question the Religious Right’s embrace of Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean as a model Christian.
Prejean got a standing ovation when she appeared April 23 at the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn.
The National Organization for Marriage featured her in a video ad opposing gay marriage unveiled April 30.
Even before semi-nude photos of Prejean from past modeling shoots began cropping up on celebrity websites, some were beginning to question whether religious conservatives’ new heroine sent a wrong message about Christian modesty.
“Is anyone else puzzled by the response to our new family values spokeswoman?” Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, said in a blog. “For taking a position against same-sex marriage in a beauty contest, she gets invited to the Dove Awards and offered a scholarship to attend Liberty University during her senior year by Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.”
[“…] unless 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.”
Writer Dave Welch added comments on the conservative website World Net Daily in his article, “Is Carrie Prejean Really a Hero?”
“I respect Miss Prejean for her stand and her willingness to testify of her faith,” Welch wrote. “However, I much more highly admire, respect and esteem my wife, my daughters and all the girls and women who have chosen the higher road. They are determined to show that their worth is not in how they look in a bathing suit but that they are wonderful creations of a loving God who designed them with meticulous detail as they are.”
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson interviewed Prejean for a two-part broadcast aired May 11-12, in which she described what went through her mind when she was asked the question about whether all states should legalize gay marriage.
“Honestly I felt that Satan — and I don’t want to say that this person represented Satan — but I felt as though Satan was trying to tempt me in asking me this question, and then God was in my head and in my heart saying, ‘Carrie, do not compromise this,'” she said. “‘You know, you need to stand up for me. You need to share with all these people — if there were 95 percent of the people in the audience who were gay — you need to witness to them, and you need to show that you are not willing to compromise that for this title of Miss USA.’ So I just knew right there it wasn’t about winning. It was about just being true to my convictions.”
After the pageant, Prejean’s pastor gave a sermon comparing her experience to the Old Testament Book of Esther, a story about a Jewish woman who ascends to the Persian throne and manages to save her people.
Asked about the comparison, Prejean asked Dobson, “I think it was a beauty contest she was in, right?”
Dobson said it was. “He was choosing a queen, and he chose Esther,” he said. “She won the contest. So the parallel there is really interesting.”
Thinking about it, Prejean told Dobson, “I feel as though God had chosen me. In the top five in Miss USA, he had trusted in me that I would have spoken out. I was going to stand up. I was the only one in that top five that wasn’t going to be politically correct.”
“The media is going to try to destroy you,” Dobson warned. “That is why I ask our listeners to be in prayer for you.”
“They did everything they could to destroy Sarah Palin for much of the same reason, the fact that she dared to bring a Down syndrome child into the world instead of aborting that child like 90 percent of Down syndrome children are,” Dobson said.
Dobson told listeners [Prejean’s semi-nude] photos became public after his interview with Prejean was recorded but before it aired.
“Focus on the Family has been a strong supporter of modesty and righteousness in the culture for many years, and yet we have chosen to go ahead and air these two programs after Carrie explained that the pictures were taken when she was 17 years old,” Dobson said “She’s now 21, and in fact will be 22 on Wednesday, and she regrets doing it and said that she would not do it again. Most of us did things when we were teens that we’re embarrassed about, too, but life goes on.”