Miss California USA announced today that it has fired Carrie Prejean for contract violations, CNN reported.
Prejean’s violations began in April when she was a no-show for numerous pageant assignments. Instead of performing her duties, Prejean appeared on Focus on the Family radio programs and in other antigay evangelical media to denounce California gay couples. Prejean claimed that her egocentric religious views were being somehow suppressed by those who expect a pageant winner to represent all Californians, not just self-important fundamentalists.
While Prejean presented herself to antigay evangelicals as a pro-family advocate, news emerged that Prejean had posed with bared breasts for photos taken shortly before the Miss California pageant. Pleased with Prejean’s pro-family rhetoric, Focus on the Family suppressed news of the photos.
Meanwhile, pageant officials tried to contact Prejean about her absenteeism, but she refused their calls.
Outside the echo chamber of antigay evangelical media, Prejean became known — and will be remembered — as a liar. As Truth Wins Out noted in April:
Roger Neal, a San Diego public relations representative who advised Prejean, said she was untruthful. “She chose to stand up in church and in front of the media and say something that was a lie,” Neal said. “No one ever said, “You must apologize to the gay community,’ and no one ever said, “Don’t talk about your faith or your religion.’ Those two things never came out of anybody’ mouth.”
Prejean was not the pro-family advocate that she claimed to be; she was what antigay evangelicals frequently label their critics: A “false prophet.” A promoter of moral hypocrisy. A profiteer. And a poseur.
Donald Trump was wrong to excuse Prejean’s unprofessional behavior in April — and right to terminate her now.