All About Carrie: A round-up of reaction to Prejean
Carrie Prejean has everybody talking today about her rather strange appearance on Larry King Live Wednesday night. He threatened to walk out of the interview and at one point took her microphone off when King asked her about her lawsuit settlement with the Miss California USA pageant.
She told the King, who turns 76 next week, that he was being “inappropriate” for asking why she decided to suddenly settle. It has been widely reported that Prejean quickly settled for far less than the $1 million she had been seeking because a sex tape she had made for an ex-boyfriend had surfaced.
King told Entertainment Tonight earlier today that he “didn’t understand it all” when Prejean called him “inappropriate.”
“I won’t even dignify it,” he said. “I didn’t ask anything wrong. I didn’t know what was inappropriate. I’m doing my job.”
Carrie has a new book out called Still Standing which came out just days after news of the sex tape surfaced. It’s the latest in a string of controversies that have surrounded her beginning with the night of the Miss USA pageant where she was asked by blogger Perez Hilton, a judge, about gay marriage. She stated her opposition to what she called “opposite marriage” and this later ignited a feud with Hilton that Prejean has parlayed into becoming a darling of the far right and something of a poster child against gay marriage.
She was later fired as Miss California for not doing her job, two sets of topless photos surfaced, news of her breast implants were made public, lawsuits and counter-suits were filed and on and on and has now come to a head this week with the book and a string of memorable appearances to say the least!
Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, reacts to the Larry King appearance: “Well, I actually was watching. I am a big fan of Larry King and I was watching this and I was very surprised to see it because she was talking about how inappropriate [Larry King] was,” he said in an interview with HLN’s Showbiz Tonight.
“‘Inappropriate’ is more of a sexual term, as far as I’m concerned,” Trump went on to say. “I mean — inappropriate? He asked a very, very easy question and I was surprised that she just didn’t say, ‘Hey, listen, I can’t answer that question.’ Instead she wants to walk off the stage? It was very surprising.”
Below is King’s fellow CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the whole incident “bizarre” and noted that while Prejean is smiling through it all: “The smile that masks so much.”
Predictably, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepard attempted to defend Prejean, arguing that King shouldn’t have pushed her on the subject because he should have known it was off-limits. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, however, thought Prejean handled herself poorly.
“All I’m asking is, be fair to her,” Elisabeth said.
“You know what, she’s also got to be fair,” Whoopi responded. “We had her on the show, we asked legitimate questions. And maybe they were not the most comfortable, but she was a little bitchy, I have to say….so I’m a little cranky at her.”
“I think what she is experiencing is a little of a backlash that maybe is unwarranted in some ways, and she is fighting for her life at this point,” Elisabeth said.
“She’s the one who put herself out there, she didn’t have to write the book!” Joy shot back. “She can go into hiding, nobody would care. They’d say, ‘Oh that pretty girl, what happened to her?’”
“Why do you hate her so much?” Elisabeth asked Joy.
“I don’t hate her, I hate hypocrisy,” Joy responded. “I don’t hate her, Elisabeth. Don’t say that. It has nothing to do with hate.”
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