Sarah Palin and Miss California

Pageant official and a former Miss USA, Shanna Moakler, resigns

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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

-Myrna Blyth

Sarah PalinNow 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.

Shanna Moakler (right)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.

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  1. Ok folks, you know who Shanna Moakler is, right? I am certain she shouldn’t be taking such a moral high ground – she should look back at her life. I mean, come on! Her and Travis Barker have had all kinds of problems, she is a hard partier, and the police have been called to their home. She doesn’t really sound like the kind of role model I want for my girls. I would rather Carrie Prejean be one – at least she stands up for what she believes in. And I don’t even agree with her stance on gay marriage.

  2. This whole “debate” is retarded. I mean seriously. So now it’s only acceptable to speak your mind as long as you agree with Gay Rights activists? Stoo-pid. Perez Hilton is childish and moronic. Why in the world was he ever allowed to be a judge anyway?

  3. It’s acceptable to speak your mind – but you shouldn’t expect to face no consequences, particularly if your opinion is bigoted. And Palin’s remarks are ridiculous. How is constitutional protection even relevant here?

  4. Shanna is so much hotter than that Prejean is anyway….AND hers are real….Prejean sounds like she is barely 2nd grade brainwave level everytime she opens her mouth….has anyone found out what “opposite” marriage is anyway????

  5. “Our Constitution protects us all, not just those that agree with the far left”…Ummm, Palin, what the heck? We need protection from gays-is that what you are saying? I find that to be despicable…Bigoted…When a person uses their views as a platform, and those views are keeping a body of people from equal rights as you, then you become a bigot…

  6. Yeah, you know what, I’m not gonna look to pageants for moral guidance. I’m glad a lot of these people obviously support gay rights, but if you think having a woman parade around on stage being judged on her appearance is a good thing, and can make you a “role model”? Um, no thanks.

  7. Okay, look. This debate is ridiculous. I am very much for same-sex marriage, or at least civil unions with equal rights (what you call it doesn’t matter to me as long as I’ve got the same thing as everyone else). My partner and I have been together for almost three years now, and I would love to be able to marry her in this state. I could not disagree more with Ms. Prejean’s opinions.
    That doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have the right to say them. Incidents like this make the entire gay community look bad, as though we all want to silence any people who don’t approve of our “lifestyle”. Do I wish that no one disapproved of us? Of course! But I don’t think that people shouldn’t have that right, and that they shouldn’t have the right to voice their opinions. It makes me think less of her a person, I must admit, but I don’t think it should disqualify her from a pageant, because she gave her honest answer.

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