It takes a lot to get anyone to pay attention to a beauty pageant, but Prejean did, for all the wrong reasons. During the 2009 Miss USA contest, Prejean answered a question about marriage equality by stating that she believe marriage should be restricted to a man and a woman, “no offense to anybody out there.”
That Prejean was representing California, the land of Proposition 8, made the insult that much worse. Prejean placed second in the Miss USA contest and quickly became a prize celebrity for the right wing, featured in a commercial made by the National Organization for Marriage. However, she subsequently lost her title after the disclosure of nude photos and a sex tape, cementing her belief that she is the real victim because she’s so virtuous.