Jewish Journal

Carrie Prejean: She’s still Miss California

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 11, 2009 | 5:37 pm

I know you’ve been waiting all day—maybe even all weekend—for the Miss California USA Pageant’s judicial board to rule on whether Carrie Prejean gets to keep her crown. They did, and she does.

From the AP:

Co-executive directors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler told a press conference that only Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump can make that decision. He plans to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in New York City.

The officials said Prejean has been “unavailable” and so in the meantime they have appointed the state pageant’s runner-up, Tami Farrell, as a “Beauty of California Ambassador” to fulfill any duties the winner normally would handle.

Lewis said that if Trump allows Prejean to retain her crown, state pageant officials would welcome her back and encourage her to take part in her normal duties.

“We’re still going to be able to fulfill our duties no matter if Mr. Trump offers a second chance or utters his famous line from `The Apprentice,’” Lewis said (meaning, of course, “You’re fired”).

If you don’t know what all the fuss is about, good for you. Believe it or not, the story—more of a non-story—has been wrapped in religious undertones, particularly secular ignorance and insensitivity. Here’s a primer and a bit of naked nonsense.

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