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Carrie Prejean Loses Miss California Crown

June 11, 2009

According to officials with the pageant, Carrie Prejean, who took a stand against gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant, has been fired as Miss California for violating her contract.

Whether you support or are against gay marriage, I still believe that this is the wrong decision by Donald Trump.

From CBS News:

Carrie Prejean, the reigning Miss California was let go, according to Trump, because she “failed to honor her commitments” to the organization.

Prejean, known for her controversial comments on same-sex marriage during the 2009 Miss USA competition, has appeared in headlines time and again, from her partially pageant-paid breast implants to semi-nude photos that surfaced.

Trump, in a press conference in May, publicly stood behind Prejean and kept her on as Miss California. But now, he’s changed his mind.

From the United Press International:

Pageant chief Keith Lewis denied Prejean’s claims that the firing was related to the proposed Playboy and “Celebrity” gigs, telling TMZ

he was only passing the offers on to Prejean, not trying to persuade her to take them.

“What’s behind this I think is a political debate. They don’t agree with the stance that I took (on the legalization of same-sex marriage.) Shanna (Moakler) is trying to bash me. They don’t like me. From day one they wanted me out and they got what they wanted,” Prejean told TMZ. “I’ve shown respect for every party involved, even when they haven’t shown it back. … I was very respectful of people even when they slandered me and humiliated me. I have not once stooped down to their level.”

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Shanna Moakler Resigns as Miss California Pageant Director

May 13, 2009

Former beauty queen Shanna Moakler has resigned as executive director of the Miss California USA pageant.

This announcement comes just one day after titleholder Carrie Prejean was allowed by Donald Trump to keep her crown.

From the Associated Press:

Moakler, a former Miss USA , said in a statement issued by her publicist Wednesday that she no longer believes in the organization.

She had angrily accused Prejean on Monday of violating the contract she signed with pageant organizers by speaking out repeatedly on behalf of organizations opposed to gay marriage and by failing to disclose she had posed nearly nude for photographs as a teenager.

Pageant owner Donald Trump, who could have ousted Prejean, said Tuesday she will remain Miss Calfornia.

Will Miss California Keep Her Crown?

May 11, 2009

Officials from the Miss California USA pageant have  criticized Carrie Prejean but have also stated that it’s not their decision whether she should be stripped of her crown.

From the Associated Press:

Co-executive directors Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler told a Beverly Hills press conference Monday that only Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump can make that decision.

The state pageant has been investigating whether she violated her contract by making public appearances with groups opposed to same-sex marriage. Prejean also failed to reveal that she once posed in her underwear.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Officials with the Miss California USA Pageant said today in Beverly Hills that title-holder Carrie Prejean is in breach of contract and “entered the contest under false pretenses.” Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, will decide tomorrow whether she will keep her crown.

Prejean didn’t inform contest officials about her involvement with anti-gay marriage organizations and failed to show up for public appearances as required under her contract with the Miss USA organization, said Keith Lewis and Shannon Moakler, co-executive directors of Miss California USA.

Prejean’s brief reign has been clouded by controversy over semi-nude photos and her comments on gay marriage. She made national headlines last month when during the Miss USA pageant she said that marriage should be between a man and woman.

She said in later interviews that she does not support gay marriage (California voters voted to prohibit gay marriage last November). Some have questioned whether her comments cost her the Miss USA title, and she’s been the subject of much criticism from pro-gay-marriage activists. Her supporters believe she is being singled out because of her views on gay marriage, which they say are the same as President Barack Obama’s.

Travis Barker: “Thankful To Be Alive”

October 8, 2008

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says he’s glad to be alive after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash last month following a concert in South Carolina.

Jason DeCrow Associated Press

Credit: Jason DeCrow Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

“I hate planes,” Barker said in an interview with Us Weekly magazine. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened … well, I’m just thankful to be alive! I’m just grateful to be here at all.”

The 32-year-old musician and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM were the only survivors of the crash just before midnight Sept. 19 at the main airport in Columbia, S.C. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed, including Barker’s assistant Chris Baker.

Barker was released from a Georgia hospital last week and is now being treated at a burn center in Los Angeles. He said he was too afraid to fly cross-country, so he arranged to travel by bus with his father and ex-wife Shanna Moakler to keep him company.

“I am doing the best I can possibly be,” he said in the magazine’s latest issue. “I’m so anxious to get out of here. … I’ve just been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands has second-degree burns and one has third-degree burns.”

“I’m trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again,” said Barker, who has two children, Landon, 5, and Alabama, 2, with Moakler.

Fear of Frying Headline Shows Disrespect to Travis Barker

October 1, 2008

The NY Post ran this article today entitled Fear of Frying, which distastefully uses a play on words to describe Travis Barker’s plane crash and subsequent decision not to fly. Barker was released this weekend after a plane crash just one week ago which left four dead and Barker sustaining horrific burns to his lower body.

NY Post

Credit: NY Post

Remind me not to read this publication anytime in the near future as they obviously do not have the decency to respect those who were affected by this terrible accident.

Travis Barker Still in Critical but Stable Condition After Weekend Plane Crash

September 22, 2008

I first heard the news on Saturday morning while sitting at the Breakfast Buffet at the Wynn in Las Vegas and I’m still shocked. The good news is that reports today state that both Barker and DJ AM are expected to make a full recovery from the accident.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From Fox News:

Two of the musicians’ close friends and the plane’s pilot and co-pilot were killed when a Learjet crashed on takeoff at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina.

Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, said the two suffered second- and third-degree burns but had no other injuries from the crash and are in overall good health.

Barker was burned on his torso and lower body and DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was burned on an arm and a portion of his scalp, according to a statement from the musicians’ families released by the hospital. Such injuries can take a year to fully heal, however Mullins said he didn’t think it would take that long.

Investigators said they want to speak with Barker and Goldstein for their accounts of the crash, including how they survived. One witness said he discovered the musicians in the street near the fiery wreck as they frantically tried to douse their burning clothes.

Barker and Goldstein had performed together under the name TRVSDJ-AM at a free concert in Columbia on Friday night. The show, which included performances by former Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell and singer Gavin DeGraw, drew about 10,000 people to a neighborhood near the University of South Carolina.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

Barker, 32, was one of the more colorful members of the multiplatinum-selling punk rock band Blink-182, whose biggest album was 1999’s CD “Enema of the State” and sold more than 5 million copies in the United States alone.

After Blink-182 disbanded in 2005, Barker went on to form the rock band (+44) — pronounced “plus forty-four.” He also starred in the MTV reality series “Meet the Barkers” with his then-wife, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler. The show documented the former couple’s lavish wedding and home life. Their later split, reconciliation and subsequent breakup made them tabloid favorites.

Goldstein, 35, is a popular DJ for hire who at one time was engaged to Nicole Richie and dated singer/actress Mandy Moore. While he became a gossip favorite for his romances, he draws respect from music aficionados for his DJ skills.