Miss California: The anti-gay-marriage martyr extends her 15 minutes

Last night, Miss California Carrie Prejean called into Fox News’ On the Record, hosted by Greta Van Susteren, to talk about her latest venture. You may have heard the news yesterday that Prejean is appearing in an ad for the National Organization for Marriage, the same group that created the much-mocked "Gathering Storm" spot earlier in April. Prejean’s claim to fame is her Q&A session with blogger Perez Hilton during the Miss USA pageant. Hilton asked her whether states should legalize gay marriage, and Prejean responded in the negative, saying she herself believes in "opposite marriage." As my colleague Jennifer Armstrong pointed out, it was a brief soaring moment of journalistic clarity for Hilton. (Whereupon he immediately crashed back to earth by calling Prejean a "dumb b—-" on his video blog. Was the air too thin up on the high road, Perez?)

Prejean became an instant martyr to the anti-gay-marriage cause, claiming that she lost the Miss USA crown because of her views. Now, I’m all for freedom of speech (even for pageant contestants) and Miss Prejean should be able to announce any opinion on marriage, gay or "opposite," that she wants. But after rereading the transcript of Prejean’s interview with Van Susteren again, I have to say: If you’re going to make her into an anti-gay-marriage Joan of Arc, shouldn’t she be better informed? When asked about her thoughts on civil unions or gay adoption or general rights for gay couples, it was obvious Prejean didn’t have any, even saying at one point "I will get back to you on that one." The most she could offer beyond the "promoting marriage" boilerplate was "I think that people that are homosexual should have some rights, you know, hospital rights, and things like that." (Gee, thanks.)

Seriously, is this the best spokesperson NOM could come up with? Someone who gained notoriety from a beauty pageant that goes on television and maligns the rights of an entire group of people while making it clear she hasn’t thought at all about what she’s saying? Or is she just milking the controversy for all the airtime it’s worth, while she carries on with her Miss California "duties"? Seriously, when will her moment in the sun be done? And, more importantly, when will someone take her NOM ad and set it to "It’s Raining Men"?

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  • BrandonK

    For some reason, conservatives often have sub-par representatives. Witness Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bobby Jindal, Miss California, Glenn Beck, etc. I can’t imagine being proud to be represented by any of them.

  • Daisy

    Here! Here! Totally agree with you. She is obviously using her notoriety to extend her 15 minutes of fame. And not having an opinion on the issues makes me think that Perez may have been correct in calling her a “dumb b%tch.”

  • Barry

    Marriage is not a “right”. It is a priveledge, like a Driver’s License. Not everyone is entitled to a driver’s license. Not everyone is entitled to a marriage license. It has nothing to do with being anti-gay.

  • McAllister

    Obviously NOM couldnt come up with a more informed, better educated and eloquent spokesperson than this siliconed Anita Bryant.
    I think something good will come out of this. More and more people will realize that anti-gay marriage supporters are nothing but bored and uneducated bigots just like Miss Carrie Prejean.

  • Bob

    Prejean a “martyr”? Why, exactly? Because a horse’s ass like Perez Hilton trashes her? Because she (gulp, sob) didn’t become Miss USA? In fact, her being grabbed up by the crypto-religious right has given her far more celebrity than that Miss USA tiara would have meant. And, insofar as she exhibits almost total ignorance on the subject of the rights of same-sex couples–she is a perfect representative of that bloc. While any religion or religious group is free to define marriage within their own in any way they choose, marriage–in terms of our civil laws–is another matter. In terms of law, such buzzwords as “normal” and “natural” are without meaning or value. Marriage is a legal arrangement between two indivduals; religion may be brought into it or not, at the discretion of the participants. Under those circumstances, the sex of the participants should not be an imediment to marriage.

  • Diner waitress

    Did god give her implants??? Go away you dumb bimbo.

  • Bob

    Prejean a “martyr”? Why, exactly? Because a horse’s ass like Perez Hilton trashes her? Because she (gulp, sob) didn’t become Miss USA? In fact, her being grabbed up by the crypto-religious right has given her far more celebrity than that Miss USA tiara would have meant. And, insofar as she exhibits almost total ignorance on the subject of the rights of same-sex couples–she is a perfect representative of that bloc. While any religion or religious group is free to define marriage within their own in any way they choose, marriage–in terms of our civil laws–is another matter. In terms of law, such buzzwords as “normal” and “natural” are without meaning or value. Marriage is a legal arrangement between two indivduals; religion may be brought into it or not, at the discretion of the participants. Under those circumstances, the sex of the participants should not be an imediment to marriage.

  • AmyK

    Did anybody really expect this woman to prove her self as anything but a bubble headed dimwit? I mean she said she supported “opposite marriage”, it could have only gone downhill from there.

  • harry

    Ladies and gental men…Sarah Palin!

  • Brad

    “Marriage is not a “right”. It is a priveledge, like a Driver’s License.” from Barry
    We can get as many drivers license we want (if we move from state to state) just like Elizabeth Taylor can marry and divorce as many as she can.
    I totally agree with Perez hilton after watching the interview last night. She is really a dumb B, and i meant that with a capital B!
    I think Greta was holding herself last night, Not sure if it was laughter or something like “you dumb B, i wished i never invited you on my show!”

  • Robert Samuel

    I am surprised at how liberals across the board are being highly critical of her remarks. The last I knew, we live in a country that grants us free speech. That is a liberty not limited to one political leaning. I do not support gay marriage, but I am not opposed for supporters of gay marriage who excersize their constitutional right to do so. Why are you liberals so threatened? I never write into blogs, but give me a break. Leave the woman alone. She is willing to take a public stand on her beliefs. What are you willing to do for yours?

  • Bill

    I’m not a conservative or a liberal. I’m just wondering whether freedom of speech means we can all go on TV and talk about groups of people we randomly hate and want to deny rights to. So is that cool for race, religion, etc? Everyone on board with that?

  • To Robert Samuel

    It has nothing to do with “liberals”. I hate how that term immediately gets pulled out in these kinds of situations. Prejean has every right to her own opinion – the article above (which I agree with) is merely commenting on her utter lack of preparedness and forethought on a topic she is now being called upon to intelligently discuss. In a nutshell, she isn’t representing her cause very well, because she’s coming off as ignorant. Whether I’m a liberal or conservative is irrelevant to the point that I can recognize ignorance when I see it.

  • john c.

    What is perez opinion of presedent obama, who I think has the same position

  • Monica

    Wow. What a waste of life. She is really pathetic and I feel she has a huge wakeup call coming, but knowing how ignorant she is, she probably won’t get it then, either.

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