This is Carrie Prejean, who has recently been dethroned as Miss California. She sued over the dethroning, but has since dropped the suit. The whole mess started when she made drama for herself in answering a question about gay marriage:
Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. You know what, in my country, in my family, I think I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman.
Anyway, Carrie’s been something of a poster-child for the conservative right, and has gone out of her way to make sure everybody knows she’s a good Christian girl. When she was dethroned, she sued, alleging that it was her Christian beliefs that caused officials to turn on her. She said they told her she couldn’t mention Jesus at appearances. Pageant officials had a different story, claiming that she had missed multiple appearances and was becoming increasingly difficult to work with. (It’s worth noting that Donald Trump publicly defended her after she made the anti-gay remark.)
The whole thing was getting really messy. Prejean had already racked up well in excess of a hundred thousand in legal fees, and both sides were hunkering down for a multi-year high profile case, and suddenly, the whole thing went away. Carrie dropped her suit, and the pageant dropped its countersuit, which included money the pageant apparently paid to get bigger boobs for her.
Sheknows.com reports that the reason for this sudden change of tactic was that pageant officials had dug up a video of Carrie masturbating.
Picture this meeting… Prejean enters the conference room with her legal team and her mother. Pageant lawyers start the video, showing a totally nude woman from the waist down having a little private party, if you know what we mean wink wink.
Carrie said the video was disgusting and denied it was her… Until the camera panned up to her face. Busted! The holier-than-thou poster child for the conservative Christian right was caught red-handed in the most compromising of anti-Christian situations.
Carrie says the video was something she made for her boyfriend when she was seventeen. This isn’t the first time she’s had to defend herself, either. She also took some heat for a few old modeling photos showing her in less than a Conservative Christian state of dress. Those photos were attributed to “youthful indiscretions.” Nevertheless, the legal eagles advised her well. Pageant contestants are required to sign statements to the effect that they haven’t been photographed nude. This video counts as being photographed nude. End of lawsuit.
I imagine there will be a few atheist bloggers who will cite this as another example of right wing hypocrisy, and I suppose they’ll be right. Rush is a druggie. Haggard likes cock. Every Republican congressman has probably had a hooker, or at least an intern.
The thing is, I’m not ok with that approach. Yes, the conservative Christians are hypocrites. They like sex, drugs, and rock and roll as much as the rest of us. The thing is, when we point fingers at them and call them out for hypocrisy, we’re actually validating their absurd moral standards. You know what? Other than her absurd bigotry towards gays, I’m on Carrie’s side. I’m sure her boyfriend had a damn fine time masturbating to the video she made for him — and that’s awesome! Yeah… I know… she was seventeen. But we’re not talking about laws here. We’re talking about a late teenager who was enjoying her emerging sexuality with a guy. That’s the way things are supposed to work.
The pageant, however… That’s another story. They bought Carrie boobs. Why? Because men like to wank off while looking at girls with great boobs. But, it was really important to the pageant that they not promote the idea of women as sex objects, so they made her sign a piece of paper saying she’d never been a bad girl on film. Even though they paraded her around on stage in front of everybody in this:
So, yeah. I’m not ok with the pageant’s absurd double standard of enforcing the “good girl” image while simultaneously parading fifty one pieces of sexy meat across the stage. At the risk of offending my feminist friends (I see you reading, GF…) I’m perfectly fine with parading pieces of sexy meat across stages. I just don’t like it when they pretend like they’re not doing what they’re obviously doing, which is selling sex.
Prejean has a book about her trials and tribulations, and I’m sure it’ll read like any one of a dozen in Sarah Palin’s Book of the Month club. She’s sure she’s being silenced and harassed for her religious beliefs. In briefly perusing the blogosphere, it appears that a lot of Christians agree. I honestly don’t know if her ill-advised remarks were the cause of her dethroning. Maybe so. I suspect not, though. I mean, didn’t we just try to elect a woman with exactly the same views to the vice presidency, and didn’t almost half of the country vote for her?
I think this whole situation is a great example of how incredibly screwy humans get when they pretend at Conservative Christian Morality. The anti-gay remark really doesn’t have much to do with it. The pageant is pretending like it’s not peddling sex, and the contestants are pretending like they’re not using their bodies to get ahead in the world, and all the guys watching are pretending they hate it, even though they’ll be thinking about Miss California while their slightly pudgy wives go down on them later, even though they don’t like giving oral sex anymore…
Couldn’t we just admit that pretty women get ahead by selling sex? I think it would be ok if we just admitted that. It’s almost comical how we dance around the obvious. Does anybody anywhere actually believe these girls haven’t had lots of wild sex with men who aren’t their husbands? Does anybody think pageants will be “wholesome” so long as we don’t have video proof that these girls have sex? Everything in this entire situation comes directly from a bogus moral standard. Prejean’s anti-gay bigotry, the pageant’s pretense at non-sexuality, the fact that anyone cares that she made a video or that she masturbates — all of this is just moral claptrap, and the whole damn issue would be moot if we as a culture just accepted human sexuality for what it is.