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04/24/2009

Carrie be wary

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 1-254Carrie Prejean, you seem like a nice enough person who just so happens to have some unfortunately exclusive views. We really don't see you as someone who wants to be persona non grata of the LGBT community, but rather as one who will someday come around to the right side once you learn more about LGBT people and the rights associated with the same. Which is exactly why we feel a need to warn you: Before you accept the newfound far-right accolades and accept the ever-growing offers to become the conservative moment's new pretty face of queer resistance, you really should read the following investigative report!

What resides at the link is a bizarre/scary/eye-opening/completely messed up report about another prominent pageant runner up-cum-political poster girl. Oh, and did we mention it's really nutty? Go have a look:

Anita's new Hate [Gossip Boy]

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I totally agree. She will be like Angie and Debbie Winans. A few years back, they came out with a song, "It's Not Natural" attacking the gay community. In the midst of the controversy, they began speaking out against anti-discrimination ordinances and lent their name to the 1998 huge ex-gay newspaper campaign (that was a huge failure by the way).

Later they claimed that they were taken advantage of by the religious right. I hope Ms. Prejean has enough sense to let this controversy peter out before she has to make the same statements. If she doesn't, it will be a short matter of time before we hear her mea culpas.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Apr 24, 2009 9:23:31 PM

I think she's getting it. I just saw her on CNN, and she was really working the "I have the same position as Barack Obama" line (which is of course B.S., yet convenient and tough to disprove).

She also made a point to disconnect herself from partisan politics. Although I have to say, I think it's gonna be a really tough road for her. Already -- the damage has been done. Once this news cycle ends (and it's gonna, real soon) the shorthand version will be that some California beauty queen doesn't like gay people. Not a good rep. if u want a mainstream entertainment career.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 24, 2009 9:31:02 PM

Whatever she got her 15 minutes of fame out of this. I didn't even know about the Miss USA pageant before this and I certainly don't think anyone would have known the name of the runner up if it had not been for this "controversy".

I don't think its fair to compare to Anita Bryant or any other anti-gay crusader. Perez decided to ask her the question, she didn't go out of her way to oppose marriage equality. She's to Anita Bryant what Archie Bunker is to James Earl Ray.

And besides her answer was extremely ambiguous-she says that she believes marriage is between a man and a woman, but that doesn't necessarily mean she wants SSM legally banned. She said that in America people "can choose" SSM or OSM: did she mean that in America people *ought to be able to choose* or did she think this was currently the case? Did she ever clarify this? I did not watch all of her interviews.

Posted by: Tom G | Apr 24, 2009 10:38:15 PM

It was actually very interesting to read about Anita Bryant. It sounds as if she has been holding a lot of hate in her heart for over four decades. What a horrible way to live. I do wish Prejean better.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 25, 2009 2:02:45 AM

I think that Anita Bryant jumping back into the homo-hostile arena could be one of the best thing that could possibly happen for LGBT rights. Especially with all the baggage of divorce, remarriage, failed businesses and screwed over employees that she brings in her wake. Bring it on Anita!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Apr 26, 2009 10:33:57 PM

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