…may not be so darling anymore.
“I can assure you they were quite inappropriate, and certainly not photos befitting a beauty queen,” Jacobs, a reporter for NBC’s Las Vegas affiliate, told NBC News.
She's talking about six photos of Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, taken of her as a teenager. They contain partial and total nudity. Here's a description of one picture:
The picture shows Prejean wearing nothing but a pair of revealing pink panties and smiling over her shoulder at the camera. Her breasts are covered by her arm.
The picture was deemed too racy to be shown on the TODAY Show.
But not too racy for this blog (see below).
Prejean responded to the pictures by saying:
"“I am a Christian, and I am a model,” Prejean said in a statement released overnight to the media. “Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be.”
Not that she's wrong. She's imperfect. We all are.
But it begs the question: why can't she forgive others' imperfections (as she sees them), just as she (rightfully) expects others to forgive hers?
Make no mistake about it. There will now be those on the Christian right who will now condemn Ms. Prejean for the photos. They would be wrong to do so — judge not and all that. And by the same token, Ms. Prejean should be mindful not to condemn others. And that's precisely what her stance on gay marriage does: it condemns others.
When she says, "I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised", she's condemning a lifestyle by denying it (were she in a position to do so) that same status enjoyed by two straight people in love.
Well, I suppose I could say: "I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a chaste woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised", as a basis for my belief that Miss Prejean shouldn't be permitted to marry because of those photos.
But it's the Christian in me that prevents me from saying such things.