Wednesday, July 22, 2009

File This Under “Books You’re Never Going
to See Reviewed Here”

Remember Carrie Prejean, the slender 22-year-old blond model who got a boob job, was named Miss California USA, placed first runner-up in this year’s Miss USA pageant, and then was stripped of her title after speaking out against gay marriage at the televised pageant and seeing racy photos of herself ... er, exposed on the Internet? Well, it seems this woman, who for a time was all over conservative talk shows touting her Christian credentials, has now been signed by right-wing Regnery Publishing to write her autobiography (or at least have somebody write it for her). Really? Only 22 years old and she thinks her life is interesting enough to justify people spending dough on her thoughts?

Regnery president and publisher Marji Ross insists, “It’s not a book about gay marriage. It’s not a book about traditional marriage ... She wanted to write a book about freedom of speech and the double standard that seems to exist when someone speaks their mind and doesn’t happen to be politically correct or consistent with what a crazy Hollywood celebrity thinks is the right answer.”

Oh, pleeeease. It sounds like American conservatives are simply using Prejean to advance their own out-of-step political ends. She’s a pretty tool, but a tool nonetheless.

Kent Jones, a regular contributor to MSNBC-TV’s Rachel Maddow Show, presented a segment last night about Prejean’s book, which is to be called Still Standing and appear in bookstores near you come November. Somehow we suspect that Jones’ “tribute” is much more entertaining than the finished tell-all volume will be.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prejean was not stripped of her title because of her statements on gay marriage. She lost her crown because she refused to make appearances that were in her contract. She got off the first time when Trump allowed her to get away with her personal opinions and even allowed the nude photos to be overlooked. What made him fire her was the fact that she continued to be a prima dona and not honor her contract. Please stop blaming gay marriage for her demise as Miss California. She brought it all on herself.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 3:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

I didn't say that she was stripped of her title BECAUSE of her anti-gay marriage comments, just that she was stripped of it AFTER her comments. That's correct. Most people probably remember her only for those comments, which is why they are relevant here.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 5:03:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carrie Prejean was forced out of her job by the two-bit gay pageant manager Keith Lewis and his vulgar accomplice Shanna Moakler who worked the smear campaign.

Any manager can make a job impossible if they want to.

Keith Lewis himself recanted his statement about her missing obligations. When pressed to give an example, he told Geraldo Rivera that she "never missed a single obligation".

Lewis tried to prevent Carrie from greeting troops on the Ronald Reagan and attending the Special Olympics... activities she was interested in while passing along offers from playboy and some second rate TV reality show. Just like a you would expect a manager who is targeting an employee to do...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 6:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Juanita Rose Violini said...

Who knew? Not me. Amazing what you can learn from reading book reviews.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 6:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dan Brusca said...

The book isn't an autobiography. Not sure where you got that idea. Sure, it's bound to include biographical elements, but the primary focus is the pageants and the free speech issue.

Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 8:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

The reason I look at this as an autobiography, Dan, is because everything about it screams "autobiography." Prejean wants to write about her experiences as Miss California? She wants to rehash the insignificant controversy surrounding her anti-gay-marriage comments? She wants to call the book Still Standing? All of those things put the focus ON HER. That makes the book an autobiography, in my estimation.


Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 5:47:00 PM PDT  

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