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Sarah Palin and Miss California
Sarah Palin jumps into the fray as pageant official and a former Miss USA, Shanna Moakler, resigns
Now Sarah Palin has gotten into the act. The Alaska governor and former beauty queen has leapt to the defense of Carrie Prejean.
She has called the attacks on Miss California “despicable.”
“What I find so remarkable is that these politically motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe: Marriage is between a man and a woman,” Palin said. “Our Constitution protects us all-not just those who agree with the far left.”
That’s just the latest twist in the raging controversy Miss California ignited when she answered a question posed by blogger Perez Hilton about gay marriage.
What else has happened? On Wednesday Shanna Moakler, a former Miss USA, and the co-director of the California pageant, resigned from her job. That was after Donald Trump, who owns the pageant, decided Carrie Prejean could keep her title.
According to a report in Us magazine, Shanna said it was “in her best interest to resign.” “I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth,” she declared.
“I want to be a role model for young [women] with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children. I am sorry and hope I have not let any young supporters down but wish them the best of luck in fulfilling their dreams.”
Carrie, Miss California, set off a major media storm on cable TV and on the web by just expressing her opinion. She was harshly criticized by Perez Hilton and various gay groups, while she was defended by conservative pundits. She further fueled the clamor by appearing in advertisements for groups that oppose same-sex marriage.
Shanna Moakler, as pageant director, criticized Carrie for being in those ads and also for not disclosing that she had taken some revealing photos when she was a teenager. The semi-nude photos have appeared on many web sites. Sharon and her co-director, Keith Lewis, also appointed Carrie’s runner-up to fulfill some of the Miss California duties. Shanna herself has shot an ad, but it is one that supports gay rights.
At the press conference where Donald Trump said that Carrie could keep her crown, he also said that everyone was getting along “very well.” Not exactly. Though there has been no hair-pulling episodes yet, this drama seems to have legs as long as Carrie Prejean‘s. And now that Sarah Palin has chimed in, the beat goes on.
And by the way, what ever happened to the young woman who actually won the Miss USA contest? Nobody even seems to know her name.