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Thank You, Carrie Prejean

By Eva Rodriguez

Who would have thought that Carrie Prejean would be the person to restore my faith in the rule of law?

The California beauty queen first made national news during the Miss USA contest when answering a question about same-sex marriage. Prejean is a Christian and explained that her beliefs dictated that marriage is defined only as the union of one man and one woman. Miss USA judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton went into a rage after the contest and called Prejean "a dumb b----." Prejean came in second, but retained her title of Miss California.

Then came reports of breast implants and revealing photographs. Throughout these episodes pageant owner Donald Trump stood by Prejean. Now comes word that Trump has fired Prejean. What sent Trump over the edge? Was Prejean arrested for drunk driving? Was she found in possession of illegal drugs? Did a Paris Hilton -- not to be confused with Perez Hilton -- sex video suddenly surface? The answer is none of the above. What triggered The Donald's ultimate rebuke was Prejean's alleged "contract violations," including her refusal to appear at several events on behalf of the Miss California USA organization.

I find this rather quaint -- fired for breach of contract! -- as if contracts and agreements actually mean something. It's especially gratifying at a time when Washington has made a habit of disregarding such things as agreements, laws, rules, etc. Think: the Obama administration's manhandling of some General Motors and Chrysler creditors who thought they were legally entitled to be paid first only to be shafted in favor of unions that helped put the president in power. The administration is also now trying to push new conditions governing compensation on institutions that accepted bailout funds. But shouldn't such conditions have been talked about before the companies accepted the money? No wonder some banks are rushing to pay back the government.

So God bless Carrie Prejean and Donald Trump, who have proven that legal agreements still mean something in the good old U.S. of A. (Cue music: "America the Beautiful.")

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 11, 2009; 2:03 PM ET
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Eva, how did your piece slip by the Post's censors?

Posted by: chatard | June 11, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The alleged breach of contract was not wanting to pose semi-nude in playboy...cant say I blame her..once again standing up for her values. But from a legality standpoint - her being fired for not wanting to pose naked....and BO catoring to the UAW in such a manner...appears to make the rule of law upside down..inside out and backwards. God help us.

Posted by: short1 | June 11, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the most unintelligible articles I've ever seen...

"Think: the Obama administration's manhandling of some General Motors and Chrysler creditors who thought they were legally entitled to be paid first only to be shafted in favor of unions that helped put the president in power"

I won't get into the political side of this, I just want to know want contract was breached here? The so called "Manhandling" here did not breach a legal contract.

"The administration is also now trying to push new conditions governing compensation on institutions that accepted bailout funds. But shouldn't such conditions have been talked about before the companies accepted the money? No wonder some banks are rushing to pay back the government."

Did the original contract say they couldn't impose new conditions? If it didn't specifically say that, again, it's not a contract breach.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you're not a lawyer...and if you are, thats pretty sad

Posted by: sicksidvt | June 11, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The alleged breach of contract was not for refusing to pose nude - she'd already done that anyway. It was for not attending speaking engagements. .

Posted by: ldr1 | June 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

chatard, I believe the word you are looking for is "editors". Very different from censors. You are entitled to your strongly-held beliefs, but you will get more traction for persuasive speech if you confine yourself to reality.

Posted by: ScienceTim | June 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Eva, can I have your job? It's obvious you're not using it. A successful opinion piece would have pretended to make a connection, and telegraphed the sarcasm I sincerely HOPE is present... Right?

Posted by: mobedda | June 11, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if anybody from the Fox Network is listening, but I saw Ms. Prejean on Fox & Friends and she made one heck of a favorable impression on me.

Ms. Prejean held herself well, came across very much a lady and would be a great news person, with Megyn Kelly.

Guys, The Miss USA organization's loss is your gain, should you choose to accept the mission!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 11, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"...and telegraphed the sarcasm I sincerely HOPE is present... Right?"

Not all the time. No.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 11, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It's about time her 15 minutes of fame were over. She's a bimbo.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | June 11, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

She chose to ignore the responsibilities job she applied for - Miss California - to instead campaign full time as a hater of gay people. Her opinions voiced repeatedly after the Miss USA pageant makes it clear - she's not just 'marriage is between a man and a woman' ..... she's quite antigay. And quite the opportunist.

Trump was right to fire her.

Posted by: Hillman1 | June 11, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The alleged breach of contract was not wanting to pose semi-nude in playboy...cant say I blame her..once again standing up for her values. But from a legality standpoint - her being fired for not wanting to pose naked....and BO catoring to the UAW in such a manner...appears to make the rule of law upside down..inside out and backwards. God help us.

Posted by: short1 | June 11, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse
1) Apparently she's already posed topless, so I dont see the problem with posing "semi-nude".
2) BO turning the rule of law upside down, inside out and backwards? I'll go ahead and assume you were just as offended by the warrantless wiretapping of the previous administration.

Posted by: billy8 | June 11, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

ok... it was fun while it lasted. now get you swim suit back on and get your stanky ass out of my house. Maria, call Ms. Prejean a cab. Yes sir, Mr. Trump.

Posted by: opp88 | June 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

the defrocked little queen was a hypocrite from the word "go" --- already posed semi nude, couldn't answer a simple question with a straight answer, confuses her "first amendment rights" with things having nothing to do with infringement of her free speech rights by the STATE (further evidence that she's dumb as a post)... and now she relentlessly and shamelessly plays the victim card every chance she gets

--- the very kind of shallow, needy and bogus performance that her conservative champions on the religious right usually condemn others for!

Oh, the irony!

Posted by: fendertweed | June 11, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Carrie Prejean, like all contestants in the Miss USA pageant signed a contract stating that she would make appearances as a holder of any title associated with the Miss USA pageant (in Carrie's case Miss California). The contract also states that if Miss Prejean is acting as a spokesperson for another organization, or speaking at events for an organization, she needs to clear these with the Miss USA pageant officials. It is my understanding that Carrie Prejean refused to show up for engagements that were set up for her by the Miss USA pageant.

Posted by: alysheba_3 | June 11, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Miss PreJean has an excellent countersuit against the Miss California organization and Mr. Trump for breach of contract. I am hopeful that a good attorney will take her case pro bono. If you sift through all of the press on this, it appears to me that there is simply a "jealous" public looking to unseat this beautiful young woman who "guilty" only of being brave enough to speak her Christian values. Attorneys: let's get her back her crown and set Trump back a couple of bucks while we're at it.

Posted by: DSW358 | June 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Eva, you and Carrie can both BITE ME!

Posted by: dem4life1 | June 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Eva, por favor, qué sarta de idioteces...!

Posted by: alarico | June 11, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not pushing the restrictions on executive pay. He is implementing the law, which creates those restrictions. The law was passed over his objections.

Posted by: jonawebb | June 11, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Recall that the Miss Califonia folks fired her for the same thing: contract violations.

Methinks Trump was just pissed at Shauna Moakler for stealing his thunder.

Posted by: PattyCakePattyCake | June 11, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

With Carrie Prejean out of the spotlight, the American-hating Left can now redirect their two-minute hate back to Sarah Palin.

Hey look, Letterman's on!


Posted by: NeverLeft | June 11, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Good, now she is free to say whatever she wants whenever she wants and take advantage of the opportunity that Perez and the MSM gave to her on a silver platter.

And Shana Moakler can stop hanging out with pornstars in LA nightlcubs and get back to the serious work of being a Miss USA Alum.

Posted by: jahs4fun | June 11, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

sounds like Prejean was fired on Trumped up charges. This is such a ridiculous issue to be concerned about, and The Donald should follow the example of GWB and just "go away" out of the public eye.

Posted by: gatorflaum | June 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Eva: What a nice little piece of neo-con hate spin you've crafted there. I'll bet Carrie would be thrilled that you've spun her mistreatment at the hands of an arch neo-con into a hate piece on Obama. How clever you are at turning black into white and up into down. Do you write material for Rush?

Posted by: ScottFromOz | June 11, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope the lesson learned here is that maybe politics and beauty contests shouldn't mix after all. I don't think anyone could have predicted the stink that Prejean caused when she took the political stance most likely to offend the showbiz/fashionista types who actually care about these silly pageants - kinda funny in hindsight.

I don't agree with her views myself, but admire the fact that she had the guts to speak her mind and then stick to her guns through the barrage of underhanded attacks that followed. Trump has delivered the Rightys a new poster girl now that Palin's star has dimmed and Prejan's future is certainly much brighter than the boat show circuit.

Posted by: eduardo2 | June 11, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

As PJ O'Rourke commented (I paraphrase)..."If you want to see what side is going to win, check out where the hot chicks are."

Posted by: luca_20009 | June 11, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

And now we have a new host on "Fox a Fiends"

Posted by: MajorMelFunkshion | June 11, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I care not a whit about Ms. Prejean. As an entertainer she is welcome to personal views on religion and marriage, and is bound by whatever contract terms she has with her employer. If she violated that contract then Trump is free to dismiss here (if that is what the contract says).

But the bit about "Obama administration's manhandling of some General Motors and Chrysler creditors who thought they were legally entitled to be paid first only to be shafted in favor of unions" need to be called on the carpet.

Nearly all of the creditors to GM and Chrysler help unsecured bonds, which puts them in the same asset category as the unions according to bankruptcy law. It is up to the administrator of the Chapter 11 filing to determine how the parties in the same category get treated.

No doubt the bond holders assumed that they were entitled to preferential treatment, and that the union would get shafted. After all the feeling of massive entitlement has pervaded the financial community for many years; and shafting the workers has been standard practice since the dawn of the Reagan era. But there is no "legal entitlement" involved here.

Posted by: careysub | June 11, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

She can now join Joe the Plumber, anyone who ever appeared on "The Real World", and Linda Tripp on the "Does Anyone Remember Me?" tour.

Posted by: jaynashvil | June 11, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

OMG a beautiful women actually said something contrary to the gay agenda.And to think she actually has convictions that she holds to,I'm shocked!Maybe there is hope for this world after all.

Posted by: cardoc | June 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I still say she looks like a post-op transvestite.

Posted by: khote14 | June 11, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting commentary. Now lets see you do some digging and compare Ms. Prejean's performance in appearing in California events to that of past Miss California.

Posted by: HOPDOC | June 11, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, thank God a beauty queen with an opinion was ousted. That'll show her -- and little girls everywhere -- that speaking up for yourself is not attractive whatsoever.

Thanks for bringing us back to our (sexist) roots Eva. Great job.

Posted by: diehardlib | June 11, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

there is something wrong with homosexuals and lesbians. Face it. Carrie Prejean is a beuatiful young woman who will go far.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | June 11, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Eva: This is a truly original take on this over-covered issue. You forgot to mention that the marriage contract is one that has been devalued to the point where it has little meaning as a contract. I am not talking about the issue of who can marry who, hetero vs. same-sex. I am talking about how no-fault divorce has mostly gutted marriage of its contractural status.

Posted by: mypitts2 | June 12, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

If you think that Miss Prejean got fired for "contract violations", you are totally naive.

Trump's lawyers know that if they had fired her a few weeks ago, they would have had a major lawsuit as well as PR problem. So wait a few weeks, eponymously trump up some charges, and then fire her.

Apparently, one of the objections was that she was appearing at a Special Olympics fund raiser without their permission. Here is a text message from Miss Prejean: "What are u gonna do fire me for volunteering for the special olympics hahaha ur crazy No I am doing this appearance. You do not need details. Its for the SPECIAL OLYMPICS!!! You just need to know I will be doing it alright."

Nice. Fire her for appearing at the Special Olympics and not posing for Playboy.

I hope that she sues the $%#^&'s where she will be the new owner of the beauty pageant.

Posted by: Rob-Roy | June 12, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Once her honestly felt answer invoked the 'Why the eff is a Beauty Queen's opinion on that issue being given any attention anyway?!" response from most of us... Prejean likely calculated she could make a heck of a lot more $$$ based on her status as a 'victim.' (She wasn't kidding when she said Trump was looking after her best interest by firing her.)

The right wing pays big money for celebrity 'victims,' and maybe more since since Prejean will likely show up in some tight little dress to give speeches about moral values, flash the smile, show a little cleavage... sit next to Limbaugh and compare cup sizes... the usual kind of gigs that the right wing gives to cute females. Heck if she pulls it off well enough there's likely even a Faux News "Blond News Personality" contract in her future.

Posted by: pclement1 | June 12, 2009 4:29 AM | Report abuse

This is America, where the rule of law has primacy, until of course it's more convenient for the Administration to ignore it. So all those bond holders who took lower earnings in order to be first in line for a payout, well, they're just screwed. As Pres. Obama said when discussing the "deal" it was those "reckless speculators" who were trying to wreck the deal, you know, those awful people at the Indiana State Pension Fund. So now, we find that the President will ignore the law to favor big campaign supporters (Unions)and essentially threaten those that stand in his way. I can just imagine the negotiation. "You don't want to play ball? When was the last time you were audited by the IRS?"
Of course, his defense is he taught Constitutional Law, not contract law....

Posted by: Barnacle-Bill | June 12, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Carrie just like all of us who have a heartbeat know that it doesn’t take two brain cells to know that male and female are marriage material. Two of the same sexes married are simply not what made up this planets population. Take a look at it this way. If a planet was begun with a same sex we would be a planet of only males or females, not both, one sex would be irrelevant. Reproduction would not exist.
Same sex marriage is a desire of those for the validation of an ideology that has no proper application in this world

Posted by: bluilind | June 12, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

First, who the F^&&^7k cares? Second, When did the Miss America pagent become "who has the best plastic job"? Third, She was ASKED the dumb question and at that point handled it pretty well. An honest answer that obviously wasn't what that fag Perez wanted to hear. Fourth, She should have been disqualified for lying on her application, but wasn't, Fifth, She has since handled nothing well, becoming a poster child for the Dumb Blonde jokes, Sixth, She wasn't fired for no modeling for PB, Nor for not attending speaking engagements, but WAS fired for joining a political organisation and using her status as a "celebrity" to push Her anti gay message. THAT is specifically a breach of contract. Finally, She will make tons of money, get all the attention she needs and will probably end up as a vice presidential nominee on the Sarah Palin ticket in 4 years!

Posted by: jrmart66 | June 12, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Pardon me, but just what are "Christian Values"?
seems to me they are just about whatever you want them to be. I bet Mary wouldn't have been a virgin if she had had a boob job like our dear Miss California.

Posted by: jrmart66 | June 12, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

OK, one more:
Carrie has a lovely mouth. She just is using it for the wrong thing.

Posted by: jrmart66 | June 12, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The breach of contract did not include posing nude for Playboy. For that matter the young lady had posed semi nude and failed to follow pre contest rules and report that.

She was and is entitled to her opinion regarding Gay marriage as well as anything else. However, she became so politicaly involved with her opinions through the press and various programing, she neglected her contractual commitments which got her removed. While it is less than important with compairson to the problems of today, it does say her self importance seems to override her employment ethics.

Oh well, she would be a great fit for Fox news(?). Would it not make for great show by putting her with Bill O'Rilley and call it "Beastie Bill and the Beauty"?

Posted by: 1ken | June 12, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: mtavro | June 12, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Money, politics & religion have no place in the Miss USA paegant. Ms. Prejean should have never had to answer a question like that -- all because Trump hired Perez Hilton to be a Judge. This Perez Hilton is a gossip mongering idiot who was reckless and irresponsible in bringing up such a divisive subject.

Posted by: winoohno | June 12, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, I can't see Ms Christian PreJean even entering a contest if she knew she was supposed to pose semi-nude in Playboy.. Where did you come up with that scintillating patently untrue piece of info? She was supposed to appear at several functions; but has been too busy of late being a spokesperson for NOM. She breached her contract - End of story. She had already posed semi-nude so shouldn't find it alltogether out of the question. When will you 'guys' quit making excuses for her. She is not 3 and seems well able to defend herself.

Posted by: gjkbear | June 12, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Reading this twisted screed and the nutjobs applauding it reminds me of this: Do you realize who it is that supports Ahmadinejad in Iran? It is the ultra-conservatives, the ignorant, and the hyper-religious rabble.

See how easy that is, Eva?

Posted by: wbgonne | June 13, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Let me see, Shes blond, beautiful, now famous and she can gab. How much you wanna bet you'll be seeing a lot more of her on Fox. She'll probably do political commentary. I can't wait.

Posted by: velodanboy | June 13, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

You're not really a reporter, are you? This piece reads as something done by a high school student. You complain about rampant ignoring of rule of law, then cite 2 examples that are not breaches of rule of law.It appears you just wanted to criticize the president without having a reason to.

Posted by: LauraNo | June 13, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I just don`t get it. Is it kind of prowess to lie about own point of view while it give you best profit? Why to bait her?

What if gay marriage principial opponents more in number than gay themself? Why such merriage should be approved? Because the rests of "I`m don`t care" means "I`m agree with goverment"? That`s soviet position.

What about breaking contracts - USA was built not on honesty and rules but on opportunity and arbitrariness. If skeleton now seen under fined skin - who to blame?

Posted by: IWH_rus | June 15, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I have read a great deal of the blogs regarding this young lady who simply stated her views on marriage between one man and one woman in which I totally support her views to the fullest, and if some people disagree with her thats there right, but as a american citizen she is entitled to state her views, gays can do it, so should she. So my advise to the hatemongers deal with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rashakur382004 | June 18, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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