August 31st, 2009
And she just doesn’t understand why businesses and other sponsors wouldn’t want her face and name attached to their profitability. It must be the fault of the Miss California pageant!!
So she’s suing. (NBC San Diego)
Carrie Prejean, the beauty queen who was stripped of her Miss California crown in June, sued two Miss USA California officials on Monday, claiming that she lost her crown solely for her religious beliefs. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Well, yeah, her religious belief that she doesn’t have to do the job of Miss California or keep in contact with the organization, perhaps.
“Over the past two months, we have worked hard to provide overwhelming evidence that Carrie Prejean did not violate her contract with Miss California USA and did not deserve to have her title revoked by Keith Lewis,” said attorney Charles S. LiMandri*, who is representing Prejean. “We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage.”
Oddly enough, on some level he’s right. It was her unauthorized campaigning for National Organization for Marriage, a political organization that “supports traditional marriage”, that cost Carrie her job. If she had stayed in the state and cut ribbons and supported politically neutral endeavors, she’d still be Miss California today.
But Carrie’s a bit too dim to realize that Miss California doesn’t get to be a political advocate for a controversial cause. Most pageants frown on pissing off half of the public. And those who handled her were only interested in advancing their anti-gay advocacy and thought she was the perfect tool.
* if LiMandri’s name sounds familiar, it should. This is the same attorney that hosted a fundraiser for Proposition 8, who represented the San Diego firefighters who were “sexually harassed” by things like “look at the big firemen” at the gay pride parade, and who tried to encourage county clerks to break the law last summer when marriage was legal.
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