Sex, Silicone, and Suits: Miss California Goes a-Courtin’

There’s a cat fight going on in the Miss USA operation—and it isn’t pretty.

It began when an openly gay judge asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean, what she thought about same sex marriage. Prejean, a student at San Diego Christian College, said that although she recognizes and accepts that others may believe in same-sex marriage, “I think I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.” That created a firestorm of publicity for the Trump-owned organization. A large minority of Americans said they supported Prejean’s opinion. A large minority said she was reciting biased lessons of intolerance; Perez Hilton, the judge who had asked the question, on his blog called Prejean “a dumb bitch.” However, several prominent gay rights activists defended Prejean’s right to her opinion.

Pageant officials had ordered all of its contestants not to mention God on their applications or at any public event. Apparently, openly believing in God could be seen as detrimental to an organization which holds its beauty contest in Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, USA. Prejean’s view about gay marriage, she later said, was based upon her religious beliefs.

Prejean was second in the Miss USA contest itself; her views may have cost her the national crown.

The Miss California organization claimed that since the pageant in April, Prejean missed scheduled events and lied about pre-pageant semi-nude pictures of her. A month after Donald Trump had strongly defended Prejean and her right of free speech, he approved the pageant stripping her crown. Prejean, who said the Pageant’s action was retaliation against her views, sued for libel.

In October, the Miss California organization countersued, claiming Prejean owes it $5,200 for what it claims is a loan it made so she could get breast augmentation. In its countersuit, the organizers and officials claimed Prejean “attempts to cast herself as a virtuous young woman and the victim in a supposed conspiracy against her.” The suit also accused her of having a “new-found notoriety [and] an inflated sense of self.” This, of course, is the organization headed by a man who beneath a blonde pompadour enjoys firing reality shows contestants. This is also an organization whose backstage manipulations could make Chicago politics or New York’s Tammany Hall organization appear to be little more than grade school cliques.

The Miss USA pageant claims its contestants are “savvy, goal-oriented and aware.” In a pompous arrogance of self-deceit it even claims that contestants “display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.” The organization, like the Miss America contest, also requires its contestants to be single, never married, never pregnant and, apparently, never nude.

What it doesn’t require is that its contestants have natural beauty or wisdom. There are coaches to train them in voice and poise. There are coaches who train them in what questions will be asked of them, and how to respond in the most circumscribed way possible to avoid showing they have any opinions. There are coaches to tell them what bikini, ball gown, or casual wear looks best on them. There are hair dressers and makeup artists. There are weight coaches and trainers—since pageant officials and their public audience undoubtedly believe that anyone over size 4 is morbidly obese. The contestants go to suntan parlors, and slather lotions and sprays to get an even tan to pretend that they’re sun-drenched gorgeous. They use double-edge sticky tape to keep skimpy clothes from falling from almost-emaciated bodies, as well as to enhance whatever it is that needs enhancing or reducing. They get cosmetic surgery on cheeks, belly buttons, and their breasts, apparently to enhance or modify whatever genetics—or, in the case of the highly religious, whatever God—has given them.

Like any good media celebrity, Carrie Prejean has written … or co-written … or had someone else write an autobiography. This one will be published in November. The Miss California organization has just assured increased sales by publicly demanding all royalties from the book, because its stable of cookie-cutter perfect beauties can’t say, write, or do anything without its permission, even after they are dumped as employees.

Unfortunately, cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation are something it does approve.

Walter Brasch, during a 40-year work career in mass communications, has been a member of several unions, in both the private and public sectors. He is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the author of 16 books, including With Just Cause: Unionization of the American Journalist, Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution, and his latest Fracking Pennsylvania. He can be contacted at: Read other articles by Walter, or visit Walter's website.

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  1. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 26th, 2009 at 9:55am #

    I have stopped watching academy awards and pageant shows ab 20 yrs ago.
    I even reject rating-grading children’s abilities as a, b, c, d, or f. Rating cows as prime, a, c, d is ok; the cows don`t mind at all.
    I had been able to persuade my wife to boycott all movies. She was not ever interested in news; so, i did not have to tell her not to watch bbc, cbc, cnn.

    Most or perhaps all actors abet war crimes by nato, us, isr. Most of them look dwn on us while their movies and other shows i evaluate as deliberate lies and very palid.

    And, of course, showing only buttiful and butiful, tall, slim women wriggling and wiggling their hips, etc., is so antiwomen; deformed-disinformed by corporate lords and fully supported by actors! tnx

  2. b99 said on October 26th, 2009 at 10:30am #

    Bozh – I can’t imagine what your wife does with her free time if she has no interest in news or movies. Hey, there are some great movies – at its best it’s an art form. You just have to be selective.

    Actors are no better or worse than the rest of us. Basically trying to make a living. As far as wriggling and wiggling — it goes back a very long way. it’s just when they use sex to sell other products does it amount to prurient use.

  3. kalidas said on October 26th, 2009 at 12:29pm #

    “Actors are no better or worse than the rest of us. Basically trying to make a living.”

    Ha Ha Ha
    You’re acting, right?

  4. bozhidar balkas vancouver said on October 26th, 2009 at 1:25pm #

    I said perhaps all or most actors look dwn on us. But mizrahic ‘jewish’ actors portraying ‘mad arabs’ intent on doing a building dwn appear even worse than nonjewish actors.

    Particularly bad for that is ncis. The acting by these ‘jews’ is truly done by books: talmud, mishnah, torah.
    Unfortunately for me, my wife who’s diagnozed with alzheimer’s, screams bloody murder if i change channels. She’s the one, like another 150mn american women who ask, what’s zionism?
    Or where is afgh’n? Or believe in saviors like ‘god’, jesus, kennedy, obama, or clooney.
    Her longest trips are from bed to couch and back. Reads 15 books in two weaks; wins every argument; watches almost solely police shows.

    Actors such as waine, tracy, hepburn, newman, cooper, douglas and a few thousand more i evaluate as extremely anti-lower classses; prowarfare, supremacistic, etc. tnx

  5. lichen said on October 26th, 2009 at 3:08pm #

    No, actors aren’t necessarily one thing or another (and yes, you should remember that the majority of “actors” are not wealthy connected hollywood people, but low-income theatre players) –and this article was about some homophobic beauty pageant queen. As long as us GLBT people don’t have full equality under the law, I don’t recognize the opponents of our civil rights as being “entitled to their opinion” this is politics; we aren’t talking about preferences for a certain type of music or fruit.

  6. kalidas said on October 26th, 2009 at 5:14pm #

    “full equality under the law”

    More acting?
    I think I heard that in a movie, once.
    Or was it a fairy tale?

    Let’s not pretend there’s any such thing as “full equality under the law.”

    That’s in “land of the free” territory.

    Every country on earth is “free,” has “full equality under the law” if you have lots of money.

    There’s your full equality.

  7. B99 said on October 26th, 2009 at 5:19pm #

    So Kalidas, tell me what your station in life is that you can dismiss the struggle for full equality under the law. Should slavery not have been outlawed because those enslaved would still be exploited?

  8. lichen said on October 26th, 2009 at 5:29pm #

    Yes, actually, there is such a thing as the current laws being changed so that GLBT people have full equality under them–full marriage rights, full protection from discrimination when it comes to housing and employment, the end of don’t ask don’t tell, and other laws and loopholes that directly target or leave GLBT people free for discrimination based on their sexuality. If you have own issues, you can pursue them in your campaigns, with your own volunteers, in your own time. Perhaps if you worked for full economic rights for yourself, then you would have them; thankfully GLBT people are working hard for these things, and many of us see ourselves as part of a wider movement.

  9. JE said on October 26th, 2009 at 11:53pm #

    Maybe being allowed to tell unlike things apart shouldn’t be criminalized..ugh, liberal plutocracy is such a drag…queen.

    Seriously u shouldn’t worry lichen your “people” will be freed from the Egypt that is “discrimination” because the corporatist pigs wouldn’t want to offend a target market…not because anyone cares about the plight of your “people.”

    And as for your make believe rights…just a necessary delusion for “GLBT” people to cope with and rationalize away their tendencies so as to alleviate the cognitive dissonance that comes with being a permanent minority that a certain segment of the population will find repugnant no matter how much liberal propaganda is force fed to them via the media in a here-comes-the-airplane fashion.

  10. lichen said on October 27th, 2009 at 12:45pm #

    Nope, we do deserve equal rights, and we will have them through changes in legislation, regardless of what deluded straight people like you think. And yes, there are cultures in the world which don’t find us repugnant, that have historically not found us repugnant, so cultural change is always within grasp.

  11. kalidas said on October 28th, 2009 at 7:26am #

    B99, wow, that’s quite a mouthful.

    I’ll be as honest as I know how..

    My “station” is one of those places where the truth must not be revised and kneaded into a belief in something, like Mark Twain said, “which just ain’t so.”

  12. kalidas said on October 28th, 2009 at 7:32am #

    I guess I should also say, B99, that you sir are very superstitious.

  13. b99 said on October 28th, 2009 at 7:50am #

    I don’t know, Kalidas. I believe in the Equal Rights Amendment and full equality for all. While such laws, were they enacted, do not gurantee the reality – you certainly cannot get to first base on these matters without them.

  14. kalidas said on October 28th, 2009 at 10:33am #

    I understand and reluctantly admire your “station” completely, B99.
    You are obviously a very nice fellow.

  15. kalidas said on October 28th, 2009 at 11:17am #

    One more small thing.

    You say “you certainly cannot get to first base on these matters without them.”

    In this of course, you are referring to society as a whole, because in the reality I know it is not only possible to do just that but entirely appropriate to hit a home run, individually.

    After all, we are each and every one of us individuals first and foremost.
    Or at least we should be.
    Don’t you think?

  16. b99 said on October 28th, 2009 at 11:39am #

    We are individuals yes, but perhaps not first and foremost. We all do live in a society you know – and when we opt out we die like that boy in Alaska.

  17. kalidas said on October 28th, 2009 at 3:26pm #

    I’ll settle for that perhaps.