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Carrie Prejean, solo: 'It was me in the tape'


Is a sex tape still a sex tape if you're the only person in it? And will Carrie Prejean, like President Clinton before her, redefine a particular sexual behavior for generations to come?

I'd imagine that more than a few people reading this item would like to know.

Just, you know, for the record.

“You can call it whatever you want to call it. If you want to call it a sex tape, that’s fine,” Prejean told Meredith Vieira on Tuesday's "Today" show.

"It was me, by myself. There was no one else with me. I was not having sex. I sent it to my boyfriend at the time. I was a teenager. I cared about him. I trusted him. And ... the main point is that there has been a campaign against me to try and silence me ... for the answer that I gave at the pageant," said Prejean, who is promoting her new book, "Still Standing."

Regarding fallout from the "sexting" video: “Did I think it would come back now and haunt me? No. But I think that a lot of young people can learn from this. Nothing is private anymore. Nothing is private."

The interview also touches on her dropped lawsuit against Miss USA pageant officials (mediation means that details are, ironically, private), Donald Trump's "hot or not" meet and greet, and what Prejean refers to as her being "Palinized" in the media.

"If people want to call me a hypocrite, that's their prerogative," she said. "But you know what, I've learned from my mistakes. ... I think it's all about taking responsibility for your mistakes."

Now that so many have easy access to video and still cameras for personal use -- and the means to instantly transmit any images captured -- the former Miss California USA is evolving into an odd sort of role model indeed.

File under "cautionary tales."

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Related dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip's Beauty Pageants Division:

Miss England (past/present) could teach Carrie Prejean a thing or two

Mario Lopez to host Miss America -- will they add a lingerie round?

Carrie Prejean and the Miss Universe pageant call it a draw

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