Originally I planned to write a rather short blogpost about Carrie Prejean and her relationship with her new "Christian comrade" Sarah Palin. However, during the last days and especially during the last 24 hours, the story developed into something much bigger and already can be regarded as a "case study" for shameless lies and hypocrisy within the Christian right.
A few days ago, the old controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California, who lost her crown after topless pictures of her were discovered, took a completely new turn.
In August 2009, Carrie Prejean started court proceedings against California pageant officials for "libel, slander and religious discrimination". Then, the very well informed website "TMZ" reported on November 4, 2009, that during settlement negotiations for Carrie Prejean's claim (she apparently wanted more than one million dollars), the lawyer for the Pageant suddenly presented a sex tape which featured Carrie Prejean. The website wrote:
The video the lawyer showed Carrie is extremely graphic and has never been released publicly. We know that, because TMZ obtained the video months ago but decided not to post it because it was so racy. Let's just say, Carrie has a promising solo career. We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to jettison her demand and essentially walk away with nothing. As we first reported, the Pageant is paying around $100,000 to her lawyers and publicist -- a fraction of her bills. She pockets nothing in the settlement.
The story could have been finished with this event, and Carrie Prejean could have quietly disappeared into oblivion. However, that is not what Carrie Prejean has in mind. After all, she has just published her tell-all book "Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight against Gossip, Hate and Political Attacks", for which prominent Fox News right-winger Sean Hannity wrote the foreword. It appears that it is not her plan to leave the scene quietly - quite the opposite.
This, however, seems to be a very bad decision on part of Carrie Prejean. This revelation about the existence of a sex tape proved to be only the beginning of a remarkable story of lies, hypocrisy and self-destruction which is currently unfolding in real-time right in front of our eyes.
Let's "rewind the tape" for a moment and look back at the beginning of the whole scandal - back to the beginning of May 2009. Because back then, several things happened which didn't receive a lot of attention at the time. A central part plays the gossip website "thedirty.com", which originally had published the first (rather harmless) topless pictures of Carrie Prejean. Just a few days after the publication of the first pictures at the beginning of May 2009, thedirty.com received a cease and desist letter from Carrie Prejean's lawyer, dated May 8, 2009:
In this letter, Carrie Prejean's lawyer claimed:
One of the displayed images of Ms. Prejean was illegally taken under false pretenses when she was a 17 year old minor and unable to consent to its creation.
CNN reported on May 5, 2008:
Prejean said the photos -- taken when she was 17 and aspiring to be a Victoria's Secret model -- were being used in a "vicious and mean-spirited" effort to silence her for "defending traditional marriage."
One photo published Monday on a Web site -- The Dirty -- showed barely more skin than the bikini Prejean wore in the pageant's swimsuit competition. While she appears topless, she was turned away from the camera with her arm covering most of her breast.
In the news release Prejean -- who finished as runner-up in the Miss USA pageant -- defended the photos, which she said were taken when she was a teenager.
"I am a Christian, and I am a model," she said. "Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos."
However, the claim that Carrie Prejean was only 17 years old when those pictures were taken was a LIE - TMZ reported:
We obtained an email sent by the sponsor (we were asked not to use his name) and he says Carrie sent him one of the topless photos after January 6, 2009, asking "if she was in good enough shape for the Miss USA Pageant." The date is significant, because that's the day Carrie got a boob job. The former sponsor says the pic was post boob job and she was well over 18.
See also the subsequent report in TMZ HERE.
It was to be the first lie in a whole series of lies by Carrie Prejean and was destined to find its climax yesterday.
There is another fact from May 2009 which is not widely known. The existence of the infamous sex tape, which was so dramatically presented during the settlement negotiations in November, was already known in May 2009! The website "thedirty.com" got hold of the tape in May 2009, but didn't publish it. However, they made it publicly known that this tape exists. Nik Richie from "thedirty.com" wrote on November 5, 2009:
I am not understanding why the Sex Tape is is such huge news today. I told everyone about this back in the day. (...) It was too graphic to post on TheDirty.com.
See Nik Richie's further statement about the fact that Carrie Prejean back then had accused him of lying about the sex tape HERE.
When I read this, I slowly started to realise in what an utterly delusional world Carrie Prejean lives - and certainly she is not alone. Despite the fact that Carrie Prejean knew that the sex tape had already been discovered, she ignored it and pretended until the very last moment that this is all just a work of fiction - TMZ reports:
When the video started playing, Carrie's first reaction was "that's disgusting" ... and Carrie denied it was her. Then, the camera angle changed ... and panned up to her face. She was caught red-handed ... so to speak. Carrie was rendered speechless and immediately began talking with her lawyer. We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to drop her $1 million dollar demand.
How deluded can one be? I believe that someone who has been convinced that they are on a "divine mission" can go so far as to ignore reality.
It's even worse, because according the TMZ, Carrie Prejean's mother was in the room when the sextape was played! TMZ explains:
TMZ has learned her MOM was in the room when the Miss California USA lawyers pressed play.
Sources tell TMZ Carrie's mom was in shock -- instantly turning sheet white as she watched her daughter give herself a hand.
That is not the end of the story. But before we continue, let me shortly give you a deeper insight into Carrie Prejeans family background. I am well aware of the fact that we are not responsible for the actions or beliefs of other family members. However, I still had to raise an eyebrow when I learned about Carrie Prejean's brother Billy "Willis", because that was not how I imagined what a American conservative Christian family would look like:
Here is an interview with Carrie's brother Billy which was posted on youtube.
So, is Billy just a normal nice guy, despite of his rather intimidating appearance?
Well, not according to the divorce documents and restraining orders that "thedirty.com" got hold of!
Anyway - hopefully Carrie can help her brother to find Jesus. It looks to me that this is a task which would keep her occupied for a while.
The inconvenient revelations about Carrie Prejean did not escape the attention of the religious right. Already in May 2009, "thedirty.com" received for example the following letter - amongst many other hate emails:
My name is Pastor ********** and I represent a Church in Waynesville, North Carolina and I felt compelled to let you know how despicable of a person you are and your attack on Miss Prejean is malicious and a bold face fabrication. Miss Prejean has the courage to stand up for what she believes and it is her God given right to speak out against those men who lay with another man. That sin in our church is the highest sin one can commit and if a good Christian woman cannot speak out against our most heinous of sins, than what is a good Christian to do?
Here is the example of another email from the same crazy Pastor - quite disturbing to imagine that he apparently has 500 people in his church.
OK - end of the interlude, back to the sex tape (and finally, Sarah Palin).
When Carrie Prejean's sextape "was unveiled" a few days ago - what was her first line of defence? Please take an educated guess....yes, you got it! She was of course AGAIN only 17 years old when the sex tape was made! As a consequence, everyone who gets hold of the tape would basically be guilty of child pornography!
Is this the truth? Yes? No? Please take another educated guess, everyone - the answer is: OF COURSE NOT!
TMZ reported today (I just love these guys!):
Carrie Prejean's ex-boyfriend -- the guy to whom she sent the XXX solo video -- tells TMZ Carrie and company called him last week and tried getting him to "lie" and say she was 17 when she shot the video.
During an audio interview with TMZ, the man -- who asked us not to use his name -- says Carrie sent him the video when they were involved with each other in 2007. He says Carrie sent him numerous explicit videos and insists the one in question was shot when she was 20.
We have verified this is indeed the guy to whom Carrie sent her solo video -- which ultimately torpedoed her settlement with Miss California USA.
Here is the audio recording of the explosive phonecall that TMZ had with her ex-boyfriend. He said that Carrie Prejean send him in total 15-20 "very explicit" videos of her while they were together, and that Carrie Prejean now asked him to lie for her and say that she was only 17 years old when the infamous sex tape in question was made:
You want more? You want to see even more madness, more hypocrisy?
Then take a look in Carrie Prejean's book, where she displayed grave concerns about the evils of hardcore pornography:
"Unfortunately, pornography has become mainstreamed -- it rushes at us through big screens, portable screens; soft-core porn is on mainstream TV cable stations, hard-core porn is just a mouse click away on the internet, and the envelope of what seems acceptable seems to get pushed farther and farther as more and more people are exposed to this material."
"The result is that girls grow up in a culture where it is hard to have an innocent, healthy, normal view of themselves, how they should behave, how they should act, and how they should dress."
Carrie then addresses the topless pics directly, and states, "Our bodies are temples of the Lord. We should earn respect and admiration for our hearts, not for showing skin to look sexy ... I have since learned that your outer beauty can only get you so far in life."
If this STILL is not bizarre and hypocritical enough for you, then please have a look at the hissy fit that Carrie Prejean had yesterday on the Larry King Show, where she nearly walked off and thought it was ok for her to lecture Larry King about morals:
The youtube video has been deleted in the meantime.
Here is the original CNN video:
PLEASE NOTE: I replaced the original youtube video with another one, because the new version is better. In the new clip, Carrie Prejean explains first why Sarah Palin is her "hero" and why she admires her, before she is having her hissy fit afterwards.
A reader said in the comments that in the USA calling Larry King "inappropriate" would be the same as in the UK calling the Queen of England "inappropriate". I think our reader has a point there!
The long version can be viewed on the CNN website here.
In the long version of the Larry King interview, Carrie Prejean yesterday said that she had been "palinized", and went on to explain:
"You look at Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, they are relentlessly torn down by the liberal media, they are wonderful women, they are intelligent, they are great mothers, there is a double standard that conservative women are fair game to be attacked, and it’s not right."
Which brings us back to our usual favourite subject, Sarah Palin.
I wonder whether Sarah Palin today, in light of these facts, would still try to defend Carrie Prejean against the "the liberal onslaught of malicious attacks".
The question I ask myself is:
Has Sarah Palin, amongst some rather undefined conservative Christian beliefs (no gay marriage, please! etc.) even MORE in common with Carrie Prejean? Maybe something - improper?
What I do know with certainty is the fact that Sarah Palin is not the biological mother of Trig - and thus a hypocrite and liar of the same calibre as Carrie Prejean, if not greater. The final result of this bizarre "competition" between the two is still open.
UPDATE: Radaronline reports today that 30 more new nude pictures and 7 more sex tapes of Carrie Prejean have surfaced!
Now a RadarOnline.com investigation has uncovered that there are SEVEN more “biggest mistakes” of her life – all of them solo performances, just like the one sex tape that the religious beauty queen has admitted to. And there are 30 photos of Carrie, most topless, some showing everything, and most taken by Carrie using her reflection in a mirror.
On one tape Carrie is wearing just a flowing white blouse as she touches her own body in an alluring manner. Carrie can be heard moaning on a few of the tapes.
Keith Lewis, President of Miss California, finally reveals his real thoughts about Carrie Prejean to TMZ:
"The public is finally getting a glimpse of the real Carrie Prejean who lives in her own delusional world.
The childish behavior, her negative attitude, the sarcasm and condescending tone, the disrespect and continual lying she is demonstrating now is only a fraction of what we endured during her reign and after.
Anyone who buys her book is supporting a woman who is actually the opposite of everything she claims to be.
I sincerely hope she is able to get the psychological help I believe she has shown to clearly need."
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