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After Miss California firing, what’s next for Carrie Prejean?

June 11, 2009

Now that Miss USA beauty pageant runner-up Carrie Prejean has been ousted as Miss California, what is next for the college student who became a poster woman for supprejeanporters of traditional marriage? It has been a tumultuous couple of months for Prejean, ever since her televised answer in response to a question about gay marriage, in which she said that she does not agree with it.

Miss California pageant officials say that the 22-year-old Prejean’s firing has nothing to do with her political stance on gay marriage (even though they disagree with it) and everything to do with her violating her contract and refusing to make appearances. For her part, Prejean told celebrity news website on Wednesday that her elimination by pageant officials was, indeed, political.

“They don’t agree with the stance that I took …” Prejean told TMZ. “They don’t like me. From day one they wanted me out and they got what they wanted.”

A spokeswoman for Prejean was not immediately available.

Gay rights advocates describe Prejean as simply a telegenic spokeswoman for discrimination. But she also has her supporters among conservatives, who call her public support for traditional marriage brave. As a result of the gay marriage controversy, her public profile has far outstripped that of Miss USA, Kristen Dalton of North Carolina. Will Prejean’s being stripped of her title by Miss California pageant organizers simply raise her profile more than if she had kept the sacarrie-prejeansh?

Back in April, Prejean signed on with the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage, to appear in a political television advertisement that re-broadcast her comment about gay marriage. But at the time, Prejean made it clear that her appearance in the TV spot did not mean she was a spokeswoman for the organization. Following her firing as Miss California, the National Organization for Marriage said that “Carrie will be free to define her own mission and message from now on.”

Does that mean that she will once again take to the airwaves to support traditional marriage? If so, will her views have a real effect on the national debate over gay marriage? Or will she just be another pretty face?


And if she does take the airwaves, now that she’s a free woman…who will care? She’s at 14 and a half minutes and counting.

Posted by Edward | Report as abusive

hmmm, she can be a preacher, maybe?

Posted by Pam | Report as abusive

Her opinion will still be highly respected because of her stature when she first took the opinion. It’s like anything else where a title is stripped with nothing more than a passing wave — unless the pageant can and is willing to give sufficient details about how she “failed” to live up to her contractual obligations, people will treat her as if she still is Miss California (whether or not the pageant does).

And, by the way, it should cause great pause when the press release by the pageant reporting her termination for breach of contract would be kicked out in a second in federal court for failure to plead sufficient details to support a claim (see Twombly v. Bell Atlantic, 127 S. Ct. at 1974 (2008)). If a breach of contract claim couldn’t even get past the pleadings stage in federal court based on these facts (the smell test in federal courts of law), it shouldn’t pass the smell test in the public eye.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

Not only are the Miss California officials, especially Mr. Keith Lewis, the real bigots in this issue, they are also totally dishonest in saying that Carrie Prejean’s gay marriage views are not an issue in her ouster. Everybody knows that that’s the only issue involved so they are not fooling anyone.

I’m glad she is now free of them because Ms. Prejean is a class above them. She doesn’t belong with liars and hypocrites.

Posted by Veronica | Report as abusive

Y’know, if any of the rest of us ordinary fat ugly women refused to show up for work, how fast do you think we’d be fired? Like, yesterday!!!!!!!!!!! Carrie has obviously decided to abandon her modeling career for one in politics, and she’s used both pageants as stepping stones. She’s entitled to believe whatever she wants, but she is REQUIRED to honor her contract, and she did not. So hasta la bye bye, baby, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

Posted by windrider | Report as abusive

Trump is a real hypocrite.
Carrie Prejean is a shining star.

Posted by Methinks | Report as abusive

Carrie has been targeted for giving her honest opinion from day one. The rest has all been an obnoxious witch hunt. Good for her for having the backbone to stand up to the relentless attacks of gay activists. I hope she now becomes much more active. Donald Frump should have had the guts to stand up to Lewis and Moakler.

It’ll be good for Carrie to get away from the moral train wreck that these pageants has become.

Posted by old guy | Report as abusive

However inelegant her answer was to the gay question–and it was–she had a right to her opinion.

I personally feel it was the wrong answer, but that is beside the fact. What was wrong was what she choose to do after the fact–she broke her contract by appearing at NOM without permission of pagent. She lied about questionable photos. And she’s talking to–talk about a media whore! (, I mean. Or do I?)

It is sad that this 22-year-old will forever be defined by this. Much like Daivd O. Selznick–who once complained that his obit would start with “Gone with the Wind”– Ms. Prejean will suffer the same fate 60 or so years down the line.

Posted by gern blanston | Report as abusive

She is really a disgrace! A liar, a do-anything-to-advance-your-career & please cover it in Jesus’ shroud… Carrie, get thee to a nunnery fast and take your time to reflect on your transgressions. Honestly, how can you call yourself a Christian. You should be ashamed!

Posted by Mark Newsome | Report as abusive

I’d never side with homosexuals against women.


Half of the population is listening to her because she’s pretty. The other half of the population is secure and doesn’t let other people, no matter what they look like, influence their decision-making abilities. She better work fast because her looks are already starting to fade and then so will her supporters.

Posted by Honeypot | Report as abusive

this girl has a very blurry career. she should try porn.

Posted by Tita Aida | Report as abusive

People are not listening to her becuase she is pretty. People will buy hair products a pretty woman markets or buy products because a sports figure or actor they like endorses it. They don’t decide gay marriage is wrong becuase she’s pretty. They decide gay marriage is wrong becuase it is wrong. It takes guts to stand up for the right things when most people will disagree with you. God Bless Her!!

Posted by mark | Report as abusive

Oh, poor Miss Prejean. If it’s any consolation, she may have lost her crown but in my heart she’ll always be Miss Hate.

Posted by oprah999 | Report as abusive

If the Miss USA pageant folks, and in particular Donald Trump, had had it out for her from the beginning, and wanted her gone from the start, Carrie certainly handed them enough ammunition from the start (being less than honest about the photos, mouthing off about her loss of the Miss USA title and reiterating her beliefs aside, she associated herself with groups without their approval and violated several contract clauses) and could have fired her from the start. They had probable cause on the basis of the contractual violations.

It was clear from the Trump press conference that before she was allowed to retain her title, there had been some frank conversations about her general conduct, treatment of the pageant personnel (there was a mention of people not getting along or needing to come to an understanding), and meeting her contractual obligations. You enter a competition, or compete on a reality show, you’ve signed a contract beforehand, and you have certain obligations. There was a Project Runway competitor who was sacked from the show because he took off without authorization from a publicity shoot and he smuggled contraband items into his hotel room (pattern making books, which were not allowed). He was fired off the show, this is no different, except she was given a second chance, and she still blew it.

She continued to fail to get approval for her extracurricular associations. She continued to fail to show up at Miss USA events she was scheduled to attend, and contractually bound to attend, and apparently was refusing to speak with pageant personnel, or communicate sufficiently and with the appropriate demeanor. She continued to be in breach of her contract. If you or I did that at OUR jobs, we’d have been fired a heck of a lot sooner. OF COURSE they terminated her.

BTW, if anyone is interested, Miss USA 2009, the woman who actually won, is GORGEOUS. And the new Miss California USA is reportedly famous for her congeniality, too…

Posted by Brains Before Beauty | Report as abusive

Carrie the world is yours. Jesus is so proud of you. Sean Hannity made an offer to have you on his show – what a blessing you are.
It is your inner beauty, dignity, morality, ethics and decency for which you truly shine, you have so much to give!!
You have many Christian fans here in Australia – we love you and are so proud of you – and we have been praying for you.
Your Stand in front of 100′s of millions, for Jesus, placed a Crown in your Mansion in Glory!!
God’s richest blessings Carrie.
Love from us,
Grada and Alastair Murray.
Perth, Western Australia.

Posted by Alastair Murray | Report as abusive

Carrie, Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. When someone tries to defend homosexuality, for example, we can simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. One question Carrie, the bible also states, I must sell my daughter into slavery, as stated in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

Posted by voice of reason | Report as abusive

Being gay isn’t the only sin punishable by death in the bible. Stoning children to death when they misbehave is perfectly acceptable and actually demanded by the imaginary god of the first testament. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Also, Leviticus 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. Perhaps the bible is repulsive. 7Y

Posted by voice of reason | Report as abusive

God Bless You Miss Trejean:

You are in our prayers and I believe that this is just a door that God has opened, to your REAL MINISTRY.

Be encouraged and stay strong in the Lord!

Tennyson Stephens

Posted by Tennyson | Report as abusive

Trump couldn’t have fired her a few weeks ago because it would have looked too political, even for him. So what to do? Wait a few weeks and eponymously trump up charges of “violation of (non-specified) contract duties.” What a sham.

I hope she sues the twirp till he is left without two proverbial thin dimes.

Posted by robroy | Report as abusive

To Ben:

Do you have all the facts to support your claim that you posted?

Bottom line, Carrie blew it big time.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

Miss America is a beauty pageant. She should look into politics if that was her intention. She broke multiple pageant rules and the organization continued to give her chances. She thought she was untouchable. I was not surprised that she used “its because of what I said” card!

Posted by Ace | Report as abusive

I really can’t understand these so called “christians”. Most of the time they use religion as an excuse to discriminate. Against gay marriage? What about premarital sex…Oh wait they’re not!!!! I wouldn’t mind their belief if only they’d follow all the teachings. What a joke!!!!


Fox News has published the emails that Carrie exchanged with the pageant. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hire somebody like her.

Posted by Linda | Report as abusive

Guys, I don’t see how you can say this decision was political or plotted in any way. Trump went against the California officials and gave her the crown despite protests about her lack living up to her California duties. This rift caused Moaker to resign. However, even Trump has his breaking point. She failed to perform her duties and was fired.

Posted by Rabbit | Report as abusive

Umm, she didn’t get fired because of her political views, she got fired because she breached her contract. Don’t try to use gays as an excuse to cover up her immoral acts of posing semi-nude and getting fake teats. She’s a disgrace to women, America, beauty pageants around the world, and religion. Good riddance.

Posted by shadow_man | Report as abusive

Is she Anita Bryant’s grandaughter? All I have to say, she’ll probably wind up penniless and associated with bigotry. History does repeat itself.

Posted by Randy | Report as abusive

Can you people not read? She was fired because she failed to do what her job description said for her to do. Have any of you read the emails she sent to her boss? If any of us sent our boss those kinds of emails ALL OF US would be fired on the spot.

She is a arrogant, spoiled brat. I could care less what her views on gay marriage are but if you think that was why she got fired you did not read the article and have not followed up on the storyline of what occurred here.

She had a history of repeatedly lying about rule violations and then after she was given a second chance became insubordinate and refused to live up to the obligations of the crown.

They gave her many , many chances and she spit in the face of all of them.

I hope she learns from this other wise life is going to teach her some very hard lessons.

Posted by John Stark | Report as abusive

Someone of Carrie’s iron age, prejudiced and fascist views should not be entitled to represent California. She would NEVER we welcome in the UK!!! DOWN WITH CARRIE!!!

Posted by mike | Report as abusive

Yes, those that hold prejudice near and dear to their hearts need a pretty spokes woman. How will allowing same sex marriage effect your marriage? Do you think if the laws are ammended to allow everyone the same rights it will make your marriage any less valid? I can’t believe that after 200 and some years after declaring our independence, close to 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 45 years after the civil rights act of 1964 we are still having these same conversations. That Americans still believe it is ok to deny rights to a specific group because we are afraid.

Posted by Kelly | Report as abusive

Not sure what “contractual obligation” she failed to live up to. I seriously doubt it was anything that wouldn’t have been overlooked had the uproar not occurred.
As a Christian, I see both sides. And while I do believe marriage is between one man and woman, you won’t find me holding up any ill-worded signs or screaming hateful phrases. Instead, I hope you’ll find me feeding the hungry, helping the helpless, and loving the unlovely. That’s what Jesus did. I’m sure I fall short, and, by definition, that makes me a hypocrite. However, I’m learning and growing.

Posted by Melissa | Report as abusive

Carrie has done something that takes alot of courage. She has taken a bold stance, received alot of hurtful words for others who don’t support her decision, and unfortunately has seen her past come back to haunt her all on a public stage. I believe she has a lot to say that those of us who may not be in the public eye would appreciate. We all something that we believe in with all of our heart that regardless of what others believe we will not renounce, we all have skeleton’s in our closet that we are not proud of. After all we are all human and none of us are perfect!

Posted by Shonna Stallworth | Report as abusive

She will be forgotten soon.

Posted by sean | Report as abusive

The world is full of beautiful women, who’s beauty cannot be measured by conventional means like a Pagent
The world will keep on turning. maybe we will all learn to be more tolerant of the diversity of life. There will always be change, long after all this is a distant memory, prompted only by Google searches.

Posted by Michael Hale Sr | Report as abusive

I think it’s a shame that the pageant officials are using such a lame excuse as breach of contract for Prejean’s dismissal. It doesn’t apply because they all but officially stripped her of her title when they introduced the Miss CA runnerup as the “ambasidor” days after Prejeans comments on gay marraige (the phrase is an oxymoron at best). I for one applaud Prejean because she is young, and has taken a stance on what she believes, where many young people are just “going with the flow” and letting anything fly. Since when is it ok for girls to be ashamed of thier femininity that they dress and look like boys and boys doing the same. I get tire of driving down the street and not being able to distinquish one from the other. We as a society are going down hill because we are willing to accept anything as the norm, and that is wrong. Ms Prejean is not the only person who disagrees with same sex marraige and the pageant operators and media know this. They figure if they can intimidate and bully her in the public then it will discourage other believers of the truth to not speak out on the issue. Well, I am one of those believers and I will speak out no matter what. “Gay marraige” is wrong, no matter what laws are passed, it will always remain wrong. As a whole, we have to stop accepting just anything as being ok.

Posted by Rachael | Report as abusive

I find it amusing she says she has no problem with who won Miss America, then proceeds to contradict herself by whining about it every time a camera is in her face. I don’t care what her opinion is of gay marriage, but nobody really knows if she actually didn’t get the crown because of her answer.

I’m GLAD she didn’t get the crown, because of her words and actions afterwards. NOT very Miss America of her.

I’m also glad to hear she lost the crown of Miss California. She is not acting as she should, or making appearances as mentioned in the contract. Her actions are not something I would consider a contest winner to act like.

Pretty soon her looks will fade, her thighs will get big, her butt will balloon out, and her hair (whatever will be left of it) will be gray, her teeth will be fake and her boobs will be saggy and like a deflated balloon.

Posted by Spring | Report as abusive

Class and Carrie Prejean don’t belong in the same sentence. She’s a homophobic opportunist.

Posted by Shawn M Lang | Report as abusive

Who actually cares?
Pretty face.. poor business woman.
Check back where Carrie is in 5 years.
Carrie Who?

Posted by Betty | Report as abusive

Oh please..some of you need to get some education and sense into your brain. “Breach of contract” a ‘lame’ excuse for her dismissal?
If that’s the case, you clearly have no respect for the law or anything for that matter. Shame on you!

Posted by Jon | Report as abusive

Fox News has e-mails that supposedly went back and forth between her and the pageant director and she sounds like a total bratty diva. Honestly I think she wanted to get fired, or at least if I acted like that in a job (and let’s face it, ultimately that’s what it is) I would expect to be let go. The girl might have come off a bit dim witted to be lying about those pictures of herself when they broke, but she’s smart enough to know if she gets fired then she’s free to do what she wants and the press is talking about her again. Case in point!

Posted by Tee | Report as abusive

I don’t know about her anti-gay marriage stance (by the way, NOTICE THE ANTI-GAY MARRIAGE, and not ANTI-GAYS stance), but the rest of her competition performance was really nice. I don’t know if politics had anything to do with it, but I went ahead and looked up the other events she was scheduled to show up at, and didn’t. Maybe they were looking for a reason, but the fact is that she didn’t show for events she had been scheduled for for months. We would all get fired for that, period.

Posted by J in Denver | Report as abusive

I read the e-mails back and forth between Carrie and the director of the pageant, she was disrespectful and not a professional at all. I was disappointed with her behavior. Originally, I was extremely happy that Mr. Trump had kept her on, now with the exposure of the e-mails, it is evident that this young woman has a lot to learn about being a “team player” There is much growing up that needs to be learned.

Posted by Laura | Report as abusive

Beautiful Carrie Prejean was relentlesly persued by her tormenters,the “tolerant” PC lynch mob, with the sleezy
and spineless Miss California pageant “officials” at the
head of the pack, for her refusal to endorse or promote
HOMOSEXUALITY. Beautiful Carrie stood firm on her high
moral and ethical principles, unbowed with her honor and
dignity intact, fired on trumped up charges by Donald Trump and Keith Lewis, both pathetic buffoons. Carrie
will always have the affection and love of the nation.
May God bless America and Carrie Prejean.

Posted by Paul J. Muys | Report as abusive

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