Following Topless Photo, Claims of Prejean Sex Tape?
Web site thedirty.com--which posted a photo of a topless Carrie Prejean, "Miss California"--has followed up that bombshell with a claim that they have in their possession a "sex tape" featuring Ms. Prejean.
The claim was met with skepticism and a degree of disinterest. Even the reliably verbal participants at the conservative online chat forum FreeRepublic.com--which solicits donations from its users with an ad reading, "Hate ’em? End ’em!"--had little to say as of the afternoon of May 14, with only a handful of postings to the article, most of which had little to offer outside of the boilerplate accusations regarding "hateful" and "vile" liberals, etcetera.
One user offered a glimmer of wit, writing, "I believe I’m the only unhip human being who has never made [a sex tape]."
FreeRepubic drew its story from ButAsForMe.com, which viewed the claim as bogus, and which criticized the site for having in the past made explosive assertions, promising evidence that it never presented.
Others wondered whether a May 1 press release from the National Organization for Marriage, which hastened to star Prejean in an anti-gay commercial, might have been an attempt on the part of NOM to "distance" the anti-gay group from the beauty queen, whose April 19 on-air comments about marriage equality drew both praise and ire.
Prejean, "Miss California" in the Miss USA beauty pageant last month, was asked by openly gay celebrity blogger and pageant judge Perez Hilton about her opinion on marriage equality.
Saying she was from a religious background, Prejean praised the freedom that some states in America offer for gay and lesbian families to wed, but said that her own opinion was that marriage ought to be reserved for heterosexual couples.
Hilton later posted a video blog in which he insulted Prejean for her comments, calling her a "dumb bitch."
That blog garnered Prejean support from across the political spectrum, with Hilton’s remarks offending people of all political and sexual persuasions. However, the religious right used the comments to bolster claims that Christians are a "persecuted" minority, and to reiterate dubious assertions that all "liberals" and GLBT people seek to muzzle free expression and limit freedom of religion.
The National Organization for Marriage, which had supported California’s ballot initiative to rescind marriage equality for gay and lesbian families, was quick to feature Prejean in a new ad decrying family equality, but as Prejean--who reportedly began to neglect her job duties as "Miss California"--continued to make media appearances to talk about her status as a victim of "anti-Christian" sentiment and to speak against marriage equality, the story began to take on other dimensions.
A reported breast enhancement procedure that Miss California USA, Prejean’s employer, paid for hit the headlines, as did news of a topless photo Prejean said she had posed for at age 17.
The NOM’s May 1 press release sought to clarify that Prejean was not an employee or spokesperson for the group.
The group’s president, Maggie Gallgher, stated, "Carrie appeared with NOM as a private citizen; she does not work for the National Organization for Marriage. She is a spokesperson for her own views, as anyone watching her can tell."
Gallagher’s statement continued, "We are grateful to Carrie Prejean for her willingness to stand up for marriage.
"We would love to work with Carrie in the future if she chooses, and we wish her well in all her future endeavors whatever she chooses.
"We’re proud of her. Americans are proud of her. She is a remarkable young woman. Thank you, Carrie."
But the release’s tone of praise notwithstanding, some, including GLBT site Towleroad, wondered whether the group might be trying to put some distance between itself and Prejean.
The rumored sex tape was mentioned in online conversations about the statement and its meaning.
Sarah Palin was a relative latecomer to the party, posting a comment at Sarahpac.com in which Palin, who ran for vice president last year, spoke of a "liberal onslaught of malicious attacks" targeting Prejean and calling the purported wave of anti-Prejean press "despicable."
Wrote Palin, "Carrie and I spoke soon after the attacks started; I can relate as a liberal target myself.
"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 went on.
The reference to President Obama was an echo of Miss USA owner Donald Trump’s May 12 press conference, in which Trump announced that despite the topless photo, Prejean would be allowed to keep the "Miss California" title.