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Miss California in breach of contract, officials say

Officials with the Miss California USA Pageant said today in Beverly Hills that title-holder Carrie Prejean is in breach of contract and "entered the contest under false pretenses." Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, will decide tomorrow whether she will keep her crown.

Prejean didn't inform contest officials about her involvement with anti-gay marriage organizations and failed to show up for public appearances as required under her contract with the Miss USA organization, said Keith Lewis and Shannon Moakler, co-executive directors of Miss California USA.

Prejean's brief reign has been clouded by controversy over semi-nude photos and her comments on gay marriage. She made national headlines last month when during the Miss USA pageant she said that marriage should be between a man and woman.

She said in later interviews that she does not support gay marriage (California voters voted to prohibit gay marriage last November). Some have questioned whether her comments cost her the Miss USA title, and she's been the subject of much criticism from pro-gay-marriage activists. Her supporters believe she is being singled out because of her views on gay marriage, which they say are the same as President Barack Obama's.

Now, Miss California officials say they are looking into whether Prejean violated rules by working for a group opposed to gay marriage and by posing semi-nude. It's unclear whether she could lose her California crown if officials determine that she broke the rules. Prejean has said she did nothing wrong.

Donald Trump, who runs Miss USA, told KIIS-FM (102.7) radio last week that he would review the photos. California pageant officials said they first thought that there was only one racy photo but have since discovered there are four. “This completely changes things for us,” Keith Lewis, co-director of the Miss California USA pageant, said last Wednesday in a statement. “Yesterday, we thought she had explained things accurately. We need to revisit this issue with her."

-- Shelby Grad

 
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Miss Prejean is now confronted with a hostile workplace as defined by the civil rights laws. I am hoping that she files lawsuits against a number of people including the Miss California and Miss USA pageant officials. She is victim of a vicious character assassination by the homosexual movement. I hope she get millions if not tens of millions along with a very significant restraining order with criminal penalties to back it up.

Journalism, people --- JOURNALISM!

"Miss California" and Miss California USA are not the same thing. They are different titles, organizations, and women! Please, you must be factually correct if you are to be believed.

Also, it is Shanna Moakler, not Shannon.

Lastly, for the record, Carrie did not lose the title as a function of her judges' question answer. North Carolina was already well ahead of the other finalists and handled her question more admirably. End of that story.

what is appalling is the tenor of character attacks against someone who has a right via freedom of speech to a conservative opinion even if it isnt the public accepted standard of the moment. It is amazing to me that "being anti establishment these days" is anyone that has a conservative perspective and voice, and just like those that were anti establishment in the past they get called egregious names in public forums such as this. the true double standards with the attacks and incredibly the women groups that should be defending her are being politically correct and not standing up for her and often times are the very ones throwing the daggers. the photos are no less racy than the bikinis the women wear in competition; retribution via a true agenda is another matter a shame that deceptive practices are being used to try and reach their goal of squashing opinions that are their opinions of the moment

what is appalling is the tenor of character attacks against someone who has a right via freedom of speech to a conservative opinion even if it isnt the public accepted standard of the moment. It is amazing to me that “being anti establishment these days” is anyone that has a conservative perspective and voice, and just like those that were anti establishment in the past they get called egregious names in public forums such as this. the true double standards with the attacks and incredibly the women groups that should be defending her are being politically correct and not standing up for her and often times are the very ones throwing the daggers. the photos are no less racy than the bikinis the women wear in competition; retribution via a true agenda is another matter a shame that deceptive practices are being used to try and reach their goal of squashing opinions that are their opinions of the moment

Ms. Prejean is certainly getting flack from a lot of sources, but it has evolved from being simply about her views on gay marriage. As a Christian, I am appalled that she is presenting herself as a "biblically correct" role model while getting breast implants, parading around in provocative clothing, and posing for nude photos. It's time this terrible influence is taken away from the national spotlight.

Publius, your comment is bogus.
She is being investigated for breach of contract, not because of her beliefs.
She said on the application she had not posed in the nude. We now know that to be untrue. The contract states that she is not to be involved with outside political activities without prior approval. She broke the contract a second time by working for the National Organization of Marriage without approval. She broke the contract a third time by not showing up for contractual appearances.

Sorry, Publius, but your tale of workplace woe doesn't have a shred of merit -- and aren't trial lawyers evil, anyway? That's wat the Republicans keep telling us.

Carrie's a serial liar as well as an undereducated bigot. You can't take a job under false pretenses and then refuse to actually do the job and then expect to keep the job. Whether you're hateful or merely misguided, corrupt is corrupt.

Is this really who you want for a spokesmodel? If so, on behalf of the side of the angels, we thank you. Carrie discredits her side every time she opens her mouth.

Wow Publius - Your comments seem a bit anti-gay. If there were not so many individuals with civil-rights-encroaching opinions toward the gay community, there would be no need for a "homosexual movement." Regardless, if she misrepresented herself in any way - whether it involved the gay community or not - she should be subject to this type of review.

She holds an opinion similar to President Obama - whats his disqualifier?

Quoting an earlier comment: "what is appalling is the tenor of character attacks against someone who has a right via freedom of speech to a conservative opinion even if it isn't the public accepted standard of the moment"...
Freedom of speech is a US legal principle that simply you can generally say any dumb thing that crosses your mind, without the cops coming. It is not a moral principle that people should have to put up with /any/ of it.

Suppose that Ms Prejean were to say that she opposes interracial marriage-- such a belief is not the "public accepted standard of the moment", but she indeed has the right to freedom of speech to say it. But I suspect that this would bring on character attacks against her, and of a vehement tenor, and rightly so.

American society vehemently rejects public displays of racism. And I say that bigotry against gay people should get the same treatment.

Many people claim that religion justifies their bigotry against gays. So what? For centuries, many people claimed absolute religious justification for racism and even slavery-- it was some daffy interpretation of the myth of Noah, Ham, and Canaan. Any such interpretation of that is now far beyond the pale, but it was considered common sense not too long ago.

Or, another gem from the beauty queen: "But that's how I was raised." Congratulations on carrying bigotry forward yet another generation.

That she was just voicing her beliefs doesn't matter-- hypothetically, if she stood up there and said that her beliefs are [insert any racist blather here], she would still have been honest in voicing views. But an honest bigot is still a bigot.

And what is this, or any, "beauty contest" for? They're all just galleries for Barbie-shaped muppets. The effort that went into her dress alone, and learning to pose in it just so-- abandon it all, run far away, and go put put that effort into helping the poor. Or was she not "raised that way"?


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