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June 15, 2009

New Miss CA USA seeks to 'calm the waters'

Posted: 07:52 AM ET

Tami Farrell, who became Miss California USA last week when Donald Trump dumped Carrie Prejean, promises to avoid controversy during the five months of her reign.

"I'm trying my best to kind of calm the waters," Farrell said in an interview Sunday at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Prejean's same-sex marriage comments, semi-nude photos and personal feud with state pageant officials contributed to a storm of controversy that brought unusual attention to the title Farrell now carries.

"I think that everything in life happens for a reason, and I'm just blessed to have this opportunity," Farrell said.

Farrell, 24, said, "it's been a crazy few days" since Wednesday, when she got the call that Prejean had been ousted.

"I keep stepping into controversy, but hopefully I can avoid it for a while," she said.

She hopes the extra attention will help launch her show business career.

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Fed Up   June 15th, 2009 8:53 am ET

She'll be what is required......Politically correct and boring! Too bad tolerance only goes one way and freedom of speech is dead.


Gary Chandler in Canada   June 15th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

But what is Farrell's position on gay marriage, if she's allowed to have an opinion, that is???


lance   June 15th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

ACCORDING TO THE E-MAIL THAT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED CARRIE
WAS IN THE OPINION THAT SHE COULD DO WHAT SHE WANTED. MADE THE STATEMENT,NO ONE WAS GOING TO TELL HER WHAT TO DO. LETS DIG A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THIS IF SHE IS GOING TO KEEP GOING ON TALK SHOW AND SAYING SHE WAS CONDEMED FOR VOICING HER OPINION. IT HAS BEEN SAID IT WAS A UNFAIR QUESTION IN HER CASE MAYBE SHE SHOULD HAVE STATED THAT.
SHE IS ONLY MAKING IT WORSE BY USING AS A REPUBLICAN
AGENDA.


Dodie ~ California   June 15th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I am very happy to see Tami Farrell Miss USA.

I am fed up with Carrie and her narcissistic personality by not appeasing her contractual obligations and now whining about it.

Trust me; Carrie would be suing the Miss America organization for millions of dollars if she fulfilled her contract or if she could prove they fired her due to her gay marriage answer. You have to admit, she is very skilled and intelligent.

Carrie continues to manipulate people by saying she was fired due to her answer on the gay marriage question. Therefore……

((((Good Riddance to Carrie & stop looking like a victim)))) Let’s put this one to rest… (( R I P ))


LANCE   June 15th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I AGREE WITH YOU DODIIE BUT SHE WILL STILL MAKE A FORTUNE OFF OF THIS. LET'S SEE IF DONALD STILL BELIEVES IN SECOND CHANCES IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS USING OF THE LETTING DOWN OF HIS GUARD. I THOUGHT HE WAS A BETTER JUDGE OF CHARACTER. I GUESS SHE JUST SPIT IN HIS FACE.
SHE BLAMES EVERYONE ELSE, BUT YOU NOTICE SHE IS KISSING TRUMPS A–. SHE DOESN'T WANT TO GET ON HIS BAD SIDE.
NOT THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING IT FOR A PLATFORM JUST AS PALIN IS. WHATS NEXT???? ALL THEY DO IS WHINE.


als   June 15th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

She dont have a leg to stand on because Donald gave her a second chance. She thought she was his boss.


Joyce Tucker   June 16th, 2009 12:34 am ET

I think if Trump was going to fire Prejean, he should have not
defended her in the beginning and kept her in. Evidently, he gave into
the pressure from the pageant personnel to now fire her, I would
assume because of some obligations she did not attend as Miss
USA.


Rose   June 16th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

Dodie: I agree with everything you wrote except for the "skilled and intelligent" part. Prejean dug herself into a hole for the following reasons:

– She gave her answer based on religious belief rather than from a legal perspective. She couldn't give an answer within the same context that it was asked.
– She lost the pageant and blamed others and crying denial of free speech.
– She was then caught not disclosing certain photos from her past, as required by pageant contractual rules.
– The photos in question were not "Christian" to say the least.
– When asked about the posed, topless photos Prejean said the "wind blew away her vest" – no shirt or bra. Her hair was in place (no wind).
– She blamed the photographer, not herself for posing in such a manner.
– The undisclosed photos were part of the reason why some of the Miss USA executives quit. Miss Nevada lost her title in the recent past for not disclosing photos to the organization. Unfair practice stated.
– Trump gave her another chance and apparently her contractual defaults continued.
– She lost her title and claims that "God is with her" (on Larry King's show). On what basis is God with her? For lying about photos? For sexually self-exploiting herself? For letting the organization down who hired her and gave her another chance? There are enough right wing organizations who will support her. They think God is with them, it's a very special club for the self-righteous.


finney   June 16th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

this is great. i gave carrie allot of crap for being so plastic. im sure this one is too. they all are. thats why there here. but at least this one wont push her own prejudices down other peoples throat and then hide behind god


finney   June 16th, 2009 3:38 pm ET

oh and rose, i second all you just said. ok. enough bumping this thing. someone else post now lol


Rose   June 16th, 2009 4:50 pm ET

Finney: Your IQ is 168 and growing. How can that be if IQ is calculated by mental age over chronological age x 100 (MA/CAx100). It means that as you age, your score gets lower. Only one test though. Moving on – I think people's choices in thought patterns result in who is deemed "smart" or "not so smart". Inherent intelligence may be cast aside in preference of supernatural/religious beliefs and the insistence that such beliefs should be the dominant standard of acceptance.

Prejean's answer was her free speech. However her answer was indeed based on a prejudiced position – that is, a religious interpretation to a legal question of how states should respond to the gay marriage issue. Same for those who curb stem cell research. Thinking, logic and common sense all tossed out the window for upholding a supernatural deity's dictates, which many people claim they have intimate knowledge of as they "opened their hearts" instead of their minds. Answering a legal question in a public forum with "I was raised to believe. . ." is seldom a good start as it lacks balance.


LANCE-huffman tx.   June 16th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

rose- i would rather have common sense over high intellect anyday
at least we have the and explore the avennues of both sides


Rose   June 16th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Lance: Common sense is a good thing. Intellect can and has been abused. What I don't understand is how the agrument that the use of a "few" embryonic cells that may help disabled people walk is "against God"? These cells have not yet formed a fetus. A microscopic cell grouping. The use of the religious agrument in law to curb stem cell research is inhumane. This is where common sense is thrown out and the abuse of religion exists.

That's why religious based answers to negate other people's rights is very wrong. That was the main problem with Prejean's answer. Responses must be based on fairness with some logic and not "I was raised to believe. . ." That sort of answer won't help anyone in a wheelchair.


Rose   June 16th, 2009 7:41 pm ET

Perhaps God or the Supreme Being/Force out there gave us vulnerable humans the gift of intellect so we can help others with medical technology to reduce pain and suffering, the ability to use reasoning for justice and fairness. To remove prejudice instead of creating prejudice against people or situations that don't fit into the Judeo-Christian mold (or any other religious-based mold). To not support wars with high-tech killing weapons (abuse of intellect)against innocent civilians. To not vote for politicians based on their born-again religious status but on their ability (abuse of religion).


LANCE-huffman tx.   June 16th, 2009 7:46 pm ET

i only have a high school education sso let me try to be as clear as i can. we are raised with values and guideance how we apply them is called free thought process. that is why we were given reasoning abilities. that is not what organizations, cable news networks, over zealous individuals trying to suppress our thought process. matters like this a personnal in nature and is up to each persons ability to reason.do not clump a whole society into one persons raisings.
you have beliefs and in know way should you fault anyone for their beliefs if they are not agreed by inn how a person is raised .i still say she should have not made a statement of how she was raised. it should still be up to the individual involved in the process. are we so vain that we think that we are the chosen few that we must guide everyones path in life.


Rose   June 16th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

A person can believe anything they want but that does not give them the right to deny others of their rights – based on their beliefs. If you look at the legislation during the Bush years – many were very conservative (e.g. stem cell research etc) as the right wing religious south (as a voting block) had the power to dictate to a great extent – as they were Bush supporters.

Very conservative Supreme Court judges were appointed as well. This held up the progress for people with spinal cord injuries etc. Not fair and I do fault the religious right for contributing through the abuse of law to restrict the physical well being of other people. They did so as stem cell research, for example, was "against their religious beliefs".

A lot of people supported the curb on research and a lot of people continued to suffer. This is where personal belief crosses the line to obstruction.


LANCE-huffman tx.   June 16th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

rose you and i seem to be on the same page but seem to be missing each others paragraph. to us an agenda to justify banning something to the better health is an injustice in the name of all good.it seems minds get changed only when it hits home. it seem so impersonal when it happens to some one esle. if these are so god fearing than as you say the intelliance wasw given to those how know how to use it. if someone is so convinced that this is wrong they need to be there for the research and gather all the facts before tthey voice thier opinions. probably the largest majority of the supporters any know what they learned through fliers and cable tv and protect groups


finney   June 16th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

i have both common sense and intellect. and i dont use GOD to hide behind my own prejudices. hell. god says love your enemy. he also says though shalt not kill, and we all see how thats turned out....christians have killed more people over the years than anyone. the crusades trumped, excuse the trump pun lol, the holocaust by tons. people say the black plague sucked? what about the christian extremists?


finney   June 16th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

and the reason i say and growing is because every time i take the test, it gets higher. granted, the last one i took was about a year ago and i dont think im in the 180s or something, statistics from my own testing shows im getting brighter


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