When it comes to Carrie Prejean, sometimes I feel like Al Pacino in the Godfather Part III, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” I had thought I was done blogging about her, but then, someone on the left will just try to extend this woman’s fifteen minutes of fame. And I’ll feel I’ve just got to chime in, even if to repeat a point I’ve already made.
They’re just not taking my advice to ignore her.
Now, we’ve got the some web-site snooping around in her parents’ divorce record to uncover the origins of her homophobia. While I’ve read more than I care to about this controversy, I have yet to find one statement she has made showing a fear (“phobia”) of homosexuals or showing any animosity whatsoever against gay people. All I’ve heard her is express the viewpoint of a majority of Americans, including the Democratic President of the United States about the meaning of marriage.
Sorry, fellas, that’s just not homophobia.
So, now this website’s staff has rooted around in her parents’ divorce records, learned of some strange accusations lobbed between the parties to ask whether “Carrie believe gays broke up her parents’ marriage.” They’ve truly become obsessed with this woman.
Yet, the more they investigate her, the more they malign her, the stronger will grow her support among social conservatives. She will become their poster child to showcase the left’s intolerance of people favoring the traditional definition of marriage.
Should Miss Prejean lose her title over her “nudie” pictures (as appears possible), she won’t lose her fame. Few will know the name of her replacement as Miss California. Indeed, few will know the name of the woman who bested her for the Miss USA crown. But, they will know who Carrie Prejean is.
The uproar of her adversaries has secured her fame.
As Robert Stacy McCain, with whom I don’t always agree, puts in it in a passage with which I do agree:
Words cannot sufficiently express my indifference to this “controversy.” If Carrie Prejean were stripped of her Miss California USA title tomorrow — and dibs on the “Carrie Prejean stripped” Google-bomb, just in case Pirate’s Cove thinks they can beat me at that game — so what?
She’s young, she’s beautiful, she’s famous and, one way or another, she’ll soon be very rich. Her future’s so bright, she’s got to wear shades. She’ll get a book contract for at least a million dollars, and the publisher will pay a ghost-writer $75,000 to actually write the book. There will be speaking engagements, magazine interviews and TV appearances. She’ll fly around the country first-class, stay in five-star hotels and eat at the finest restaurants, all of it at someone else’s expense.
And good for her, right? OK, so a bunch of grouchy gay militants are calling her ugly names . . .
All this hullabaloo has done is make her a star. I won’t defend some of the choices she has made. I don’t share many of her opinions. But, I do wonder at those eager to expose the least flaw in her character and the sordid details of her parents’ divorce. They’re not running for public office. She’s not running for public office. She’s not asking for a job with a great deal of responsibility. She just spoke her mind.
And look what it earned her. It makes me wonder–yet again–about the readiness of so many to malign someone who said something contrary to accepted opinion in the precincts of the social liberals who dominate our media culture.