Didn’t conservatives learn their media lessons about handling beauty queens with Sarah Palin?
Carrie Prejean, the Miss USA contestant from California who famously declared her opposition to same sex marriage on the pageant stage, will star in a new $1.5 million ad campaign funded by the National Organization for Marriage, a media front for the Mormon Church
The National Organziation for Marriage has scheduled a press conference with Prejean in Washington today to unveil the new ad, called “No Offense.”
“She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values,” the group said in a press release. “But Carrie’s courage inspired a whole nation and a whole generation of young people because she chose to risk the Miss USA crown rather than be silent about her deepest moral values.”
I’m guessing that bravery had nothing to do with Carrie’s answer. She’s a highly groomed girl on the conservative pageant circuit who gave an audience-pleasing answer, with no consideration to the greater implication.
Carrie Prejean probably knows as much about the implications of Marriage Equality as a race horse knows about the implications of off-track betting.
According to the group, the ad will call “gay marriage advocates to account for their unwillingness to debate the real issue: gay marriage has consequences.”
The Miss California TV ad is the group’s second. Their first, called “A Gathering Storm,” ran in several states earlier and featured actors issuing ominous warnings about the threats posed by same-sex marriage.
If you remember, this ad backfired colossally when outtakes of the actors auditioning to play “concerned citizens” were released to the media.
While I’m sure the church wouldn’t have Carrie do the ad in her swimsuit, I’m hoping they’ll have her wear that funny underwear we keep hearing about.