Carrie Prejean is not making many friends. After sending Perez Hilton into a tizzy over same sex marriage, the Donald came to her defense. Yet when risqué Carrie Prejean pictures made headlines, the support waned. Now Prejean sues.
Carrie Prejean Pictures
Even though Carrie Prejean had a lot of support on her side in the wake of the Perez Hilton fiasco, she quickly lost it when racy photos taken in her teens showed up. Claiming youthful naïveté and citing the fact that churches are filled with sinners, not perfect individuals, the Carrie Prejean bikini pictures nonetheless spelled the beginning of the end.
On June 11th, Ms. Prejean was let go by K2 Productions, the company that owns the Miss California pageant. In a press release obtained by Fox News, the company cited contract violations as the reason for letting their beauty queen go. Referring to her as disinclined to honor her contractual obligations, the crown was issued to Tami Farrell, the first runner up.
Carrie Prejean Sues K2 Productions for Discrimination
Alleging discrimination because of her religions beliefs – which affected the way she answered the same sex marriage question – Ms. Prejean is now taking the pageant officials to court. Moreover, the antics of gossip maven Perez Hilton, as reported by Fox News, allegedly caused a good deal of emotional distress, which is another line item usually proffered in a civil lawsuit.
Following in the Footsteps of Christina Silva or a Martyr for the Cause?
Quoting the Associated Press, Google News reported on the Christina Silva accounting mistake that cost her the crown. While pageant officials cited human error, Ms. Silva suggested that the nuts and bolts of the human error were never actually explained to her satisfaction. Moreover, she alleged that she was forced to relinquish her crown.
Analysis of the Carrie Prejean Suit against the Backdrop of the Pageant Business
Leave it to Associated Content’s Caidence to deliver some much needed first hand insight into the pageant business. While it is true that each legal case revolves on its own facts, it is also true that there is a lot of favoritism, partiality, and cattiness in the beauty business. In her article “Striped [sic] of the Her Miss California Title, Christina Silva Sues,” the author outlines that involvement in a pageant is a stressful endeavor that may be as enjoyable or nerve wracking as the participants make it.
That being said, it is questionable whether Carrie Prejean’s lawsuit really has a lot of merit when it alleges emotional distress brought on by experience. On the other hand, the venom of the attacks aimed at her is breathtaking in their vitriol. Of course, she also got some highly vociferous backers and supporters, which — in a way — evened out the scales. This raises suspicions that perhaps she has a hard time letting go of the past and moving forward. Is she succumbing to a victim mentality?
While it is for the courts to decide if Carrie Prejean was indeed in breach of contract or suffered discrimination because of her religious beliefs and pageant answers, it is clear that lawsuits against pageant officials are par for the course, as is the possibility of losing one’s crown.