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Lengthy Comments on the Carrie Prejean Story
I left two comments:
1) I may be one of the ones whose comments about all of this you don’t like. I agree that the question should never have been asked. It seemed unfair to ask such a loaded question. And, the mean comments about her should never have been put up on P.H.’s site. I’m with you all the way on that.
What I don’t get is how she jumped immediately into an “I have to save marriage” role, and she’s been on a whirlwind tour of tv interviews, talk shows and has been in an ad. That was not within the job requirements of her Miss California title. The fact that she’s hired a publicist (or PR person?), who also works with big-name religious people who are anti-gay, just seems wrong.
If she wants to be the “save marriage” spokesperson, she should give up the crown and take that job. If she wants to still be Miss California, she should stop the other work and focus on doing good as a beauty queen should. I do not think she was wrong to speak from the heart when she answered a question that should never have been asked. But, I do think that she has been wrong to do all the ‘marriage’ work she’s done since then. She needs to choose which job she wants, representative of the state of CA as their reining queen, and do the expected good deeds and volunteer work, or, she should choose to be a full-time “save marriage” spokesperson and quietly dismiss herself from the beauty pagent world.
She’s too smooth for me to think this isn’t at least partly about personal ambition and promoting her own career. She may truly believe that she is speaking for God. If so, maybe she’s just being passionate about something she believes. But, it certainly looks like she’s positioning herself to be in line for lucrative deals and career opportunities.
Oh, one more thing. One reason I’m no longer letting her off the hook is that I do not believe those photos were shot when she was 17. I do understand that she might have felt the need to have a portfolio when she was starting out, but I question the need for photos like that. And, more recent photos of her partying with people don’t suggest that she is living a quiet or conservative lifestyle.
It offends me when people use God or Christianity as their defense, and claim to be persecuted for being Christians, when people call them out for bad behavior. She’s not being persecuted for being a Christian. She’s being called out for lying and engaging in activities that directly contradict her appointed role as California’s chosen beauty queen. She should have to choose whether she wants to wear that crown and have the title or be an “I have to save marriage,” activist.
2) I posted Carrie Prejean: Anita Bryant for the New Millennium a few hours before you posted this. I commented and posted links to the parody and the real press conference speeches. That’s why I thought maybe I was one of the ones whose words you disagreed with.
After I saw this post, and left my long comment, I put up a link to this post on my post. In my post, I described her Trump-approved-press-conference as self-serving and nauseating, partly because of things mentioned here (calling P.H. self-promoting while doing the very same thing, and talking about “freedoms we all enjoy” while totally missing the point that she is on a mission to keep same-sex couples from having the same freedoms she enjoys). That’s why I liked the parody press conference speech better than the real one. It was closed caption or interpretive dance for the Prejean speech.