Permit me to borrow one our president’s most famous turns ofphrase–Carrie Prejean‘s story could "only happen in America." Most ofus who don’t consume a daily diet of shows like Access Hollywoodand TMZ would normally not have heard of Miss Prejean, but now that she’sbecome a regular on Fox News, an author and poster child for "Palinized" conservative women everywhere–she’s almost unavoidable. Most recently she appeared on Larry King Live, where she repeatedly snapped at the septuagenarian host for being "inappropriate."
For the uninitiated, a quick recap:
Carrie Prejean was competing the Donald Trump-funded Miss USA pageant, and was representing California. Apparently she was well ahead in points when she reached the question-and-answer segment. Openly gay blogger Perez Hilton, serving as a judge, asked her about her position on same-sex marriage. To which she replied (emphasis mine):
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. And, you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that 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.
Following her second place finish in the competition, a pretty vicious war of words ensued between Hilton and Prejean. Prejean, who considers herself a Christian conservative, appeared in ads slamming gay rights advocates. Then she was fired by the Trump organization for not fulfilling her duties as Miss California and for appearing in previously undisclosed semi-nude photos. This flurry of scandal culminated with Prejean suing the pageant for "religious discrimination," insisting that her stance on same-sex marriage was the real reason for her less-than-amicable departure.
Even after her initially squeaky clean image was further sullied by the revelation that she’d had breast implants paid for by the pageant and had appeared in a sex tape that would shortly be leaked onto the Internet, Prejean found sympathetic ears at Fox News. Claiming that "Sarah Palin is my hero," she told a captivated Sean Hannity (who wrote the forward to Prejean’s book Still Standing) that all of the controversy surrounding her was part of a "disturbing" liberal media double standard.