It bothers me — but doesn’t surprise me — that Donald Trump allowed controversial Miss California USA Carrie Prejean to keep her crown even though she failed to disclose that she previously posed for racy photos. As I said on Twitter earlier, this is just another case of somebody publicly breaking rules without consequence.
I don’t want to dwell on this topic too long because beauty pageants don’t mean much to me, but I want to share what Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger Jay Bookman wrote about it. I think his take is spot-on:
I’m glad Carrie Prejean gets to keep her Miss California title, since it seems to be important to her. I’ve written before that the Perez Hilton character was well out of line and over the top in his criticism of the beauty queen.
But please. Let’s not pretend that racy photos of Prejean now emerging constitute some kind of political attack or vengeance for her comments about gay marriage.
There’s nothing exceptional about what’s happened; in fact, it’s an unwritten rule: When an attractive young woman becomes famous, any nude or racy photos in her past become public. It’s not nice, it’s not right.
But it’s also not about politics, and in this case Prejean is the victim only of her own poor judgment.
And this is the last word I will post on this subject, I promise.