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May 7th, 2009
07:33 AM ET

More Sex

Miss California strikes again.
Another one of those topless pictures surfaced.
Carrie Prejean says she was just 17 when she posed for the topless shots.
Now, you can't actually see anything except her bare back, and pink panties.
But the controversy could cost her the runner-up spot in the Miss USA pageant.
This seems like a lot of hubbub over someone who didn't even win.
And as it was pointed out in our morning meeting, it's not like she went full frontal, like Vanessa Williams.
So should we really care?
I ask you.

From writer Doug Furnad


Filed under: Anchors • Heidi Collins
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Lynda Witt

    I,m noticiing that during this Miss America controversy and questioning of whether winner up MIss California should keep her crown,there's no mention of what happened to Vannessa Williams and her crown. Vannessa Williams had her crown taken away practically the next day after her nude pictures appeared on our airways. There was no debate on whether they should take the crown or not the where on her like heard of wolves. If they let this nude picture taking,lying. and loose crown holder keep her crown then all will know that Vanessa Williams crown wasn't take because of the nude pictures. but her real crime for being detrowned was for her being Black, Beautiflul,Educated, and Talented in America!

    May 7, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  2. Kevin

    Why do people act surprised about things like this? Look at the imagery fed to teenagers by the media and the values that are portrayed. Why does it surprise you that a girl who was raised to be obsessed with her image and sex appeal would pose for racy photos and also be involved in a beauty pageant? I'm sure there are photos of other pageant contestants but no one cares about them so it doesn't get publicized.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  3. Paul Mills

    It seems that since this Miss California said she was a Christian, Pagent officials in California are trying to Crusify her. The question about Homosehomosexual marriage was in appropiate for the contest. She did answer the question according to her Christian background as a child. Her parents gave her the Christian foundation to live her life, which is what most Americans identify as there faith. Since she stands up for traditional marriage, people want to tear her down!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  4. Lauren from STL

    The real issue for Carrie Prejean isn't whether she'll maintain her runner-up status; it's whether she'll maintain her newfound, lifelong job security within Republican special interest groups.

    May 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  5. Pierre

    Your Protects the Rights Conservatives the Guns Control, Why not the innocent Victimes, the Kids. The Coment Is for Kyra P and Lou Dobbs. Obama there's not too much to the market your Friends Republican and W Bush as Devasted and USA and In World. In Irack Bush Killing The Innocent IN Afganisthan Obama Arrest the Terrorist.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  6. Nadia Papp

    Hello Heidi,

    I was watching CNN on Thursday while you were discussing your reasons for disliking beauty pageants. I am with you 100%. They set women back hundreds of years. However that jerk you were talking to (I do not remember his name) was very rude and arrogant towards you. The fact that he accused you of being jealous of women in pageants (Miss California) is ridiculous. You are an attractive, intelligent and dynamic woman who has every right to be offended by pageants that objectify women. There are beautiful and bright women out there thank you very much who would never dream of participating in a contest that is based purely on how *hot* you look in a bikini and stilettos! I wish you had put that ignorant douch bag in his place.....Nadia

    May 8, 2009 at 12:39 am |
  7. Nik from Canada

    I know there is the conspiracy about her being disqualified due to her comments about same-sex marriage, but she -should- be disqualified due to her not disclosing the pictures at the beginning of the pageant like she was supposed to. End of story. Nevermind that she was apparently underage at the time and not supposed to be posing for those pictures in the first place.

    That being said, I think she's dumb as nails, and could've been a little more diplomatic in her answer. While it can be admired that she spoke honestly, many Americans (and other people outside the US, such as myself) view her answer as backwards and insulting.

    Thankfully, the US states seem to be legalizing same-sex marriage one by one, and that is wonderful progress. 🙂

    May 8, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  8. David

    I think it"s important not to miss an opportunity to stick it to Miss California. She's hot, so just the pictures draw viewers, and then you can get the crummy liberal audience that is appalled by her remarks, then the busybodies who think her personal business is actually news. Then the reporters can pretend that they're pr experts saying that she's generating controversy so it's all good. Does CNN even care about a civil society? That's the point here, I feel CNN never misses a chance to make someone feel bad. This is one thing we can count on.

    May 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  9. Diana

    I think this whole controversy over Miss California's answer to a beauty pageant question is silly. It's not like her opinion even matters. We're talking about a beauty pageant, not a conservative vs liberal contest. She has gotten more than the 15 minutes of fame that she deserves. It is not her position on gay marriage that is surprising, but her (or Fox news) claim that she would have won if it wasn't for her conservative response. I feel sorry for the woman who did win. Does anyone even know her name? Ms. Prejean should be ashamed of herself, not for being for "opposite marriage" but for taking away what should have been a happy occasion for the winner.
    She also shouldn't have been able to keep her Miss California crown if she posed for topless pictures and didn't disclose it to the organization as required. Her accusations about the photographer who took the pictures while the wind blew, without her knowledge between posed shots are ridiculous. Her 15 minutes of fame should be long over.

    May 13, 2009 at 7:37 pm |