Dethroned Miss California, who says the pageant asked her to pose for Playboy, gets a passionate defense from NOM.
You didn’t think the Carrie Prejean story would die that easily, did you? No, it was only a matter of time — a few hours, really — before the good-time conservatives at the National Organization for Marriage cried foul. NOM has issued the following dramatic statement in defense of Prejean, who famously appeared in one of its ads attacking gay marriage, and who it insists is being robbed, robbed we say:
“Hollywood hates Carrie. First they abuse her, then they try to get her to recant, then they threw mud, and now they are doing what they wanted to do from day one: Get rid of Carrie.
“This cover story about a contract dispute doesn’t pass the smell test. Americans aren’t fooled that easily. God knows, and we know, the truth about Carrie: She’s a young woman of great beauty who chose truth over the glittering tiara that Hollywood offers,” said Brian Brown, Executive Director for NOM. “Of course they will try to punish her, but we know she will be fine in the end, because her values are in the right place.”
“Hollywood will dance its tribal war dance over her body — the hatred generated against her has been extraordinary — but Carrie will be free to define her own mission and message from now on. Congratulations,” stated Maggie Gallagher, President for NOM.
Meanwhile, Prejean has told TMZ that Miss USA pageant head Keith Lewis asked her to pose “semi-nude” for Playboy (Lewis says he was just “passing the offer along.”) It’s a bit odd, since semi-nude portraiture was part of the imbroglio that landed Prejean in trouble with pageant officials in the first place and since it was an appearance in a similar nudie mag (Penthouse) that caused Vanessa Williams’ ousting from the Miss America pageant in 1984. But then again, I don’t suspect any of you were looking for moral clarity in this particular story.
Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon. More Sarah Hepola.
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