{Rules of PR no. 29} Do Yourself a Favor and Shut Up

Welcome to Close Encounters of the Self-Destructive Kind. Sometimes it’s just safer to sit there and SHUT UP!

Last week, I watched an interview online from CNN where Carrie Prejean threatened to walk off of the Larry King Show and called him “inappropriate” over and over again for asking her a simple question.

Earlier in the week, I saw Prejean on The View, where, I’m surprised she didn’t do the same thing. Interestingly enough, she kept saying over and over again, how no one understands her, how she’s a target, etc. etc. etc. The irony of that entire interview was that the ladies from The View have been in Prejean’s court up until then (aka they were ON HER SIDE.)

Apparently her PR people, or herself, failed to get that piece of information before she told them she would go on the show.

This is also the same show, where Prejean said it was illegal for her accidental, solo, sex tape to be legally sold because it was filmed when she was 17-years old. Thus, making her a minor and under protection by our American courts of law.

But then, TMZ came out with a story from her ex-boyfriend, who is claiming that Miss Prejean’s sex tape was actually filmed when she was 20-years old. Therefore, taking her out of the protection she could have faced if, in fact, the tape was recorded when she was 17-years old.

TMZ, remember them? They’re the ones that broke the story on Michael Jackson’s death. So while they are a tabloid, they’re rather good at digging up dirt, so I wouldn’t discredit them just yet.

By the way, in case you wanted to see it, below is Hot Topics from The View on Thursday November 12, 2009, the morning after Carrie Prejean’s “Inappropriate King Live” interview here.

From Beauty Queen to Drama Queen: Carrie Prejean Needs to be Saved…From Herself

For those of you living under a rock, the original series of events goes something like this:-

  • Carrie Prejean was crowned Miss California 2009
  • At the 2009 Miss USA Pageant she became and object for controversy when she stated, in response to a question by Perez Hilton, that marriage should be between a man and a woman. This, she based on her religious beliefs and how she was brought up. Prejean then went on to say:-
  • Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And, you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman.”
  • Later, she came under fire again for her breast implants. (America, seriously?) This, because it was revealed that her breast implants were paid for by the pageant.
  • After that set of misunderstandings and one hell of a backlash, Prejean lost of crown because pageant officials (K2 Productions) said that she failed to make scheduled public appearances and didn’t follow through with her obligations (think along the same lines of Miss Universe 2002 and what happened to Miss Russia Oxana Fedorova.)
  • Prejean then sued the people behind Miss California for religious discrimination amongst a set of other things.
  • At some point between all of this, a sex tape leaked of her as it’s only ‘star.’
  • Pageant officials, aka K2 Productions, got a hold of her sex tape and counter sued her.
  • Eventually, everything was settled out of court around November 2, 2009.
  • …and here we are today: Prejean has a new book out and had not one, but two, complete interview disasters in the same week.

I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but Perez Hilton, this is one of those times when the situation isn’t about you. Go figure.

Now I’m not here to mock Miss Prejean, or call her out on anything. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions, including Miss Carrie Prejean. Period.

Her boobies are perfect fine. I don’t see any issues there, and, yes, I too, would take offense if some came out and had something nasty to say about ‘my girls’ too.

When is enough, enough? And when is someone going to stop this women from further embarrassing herself?

Carrie Prejean just keeps digging herself into a bigger bottomless pit of blabber-mouth stupidity, post-the-original-pageant, than the one she was already in.

In case she didn’t realize it, comparing herself to Sarah Palin isn’t getting her very far.

The interviews speak for themselves. Those are only two of them. Put everything she’s doing to herself together in one big basket, wrap it with a bow and it’s like watching a bad soap opera on a cable television network that was snubbed by the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Good lordy.

I think Keith Lewis, who is the executive director of Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA, said it best, when he released a statement about Carrie Prejean’s interview on Larry “Inappropriate” King Live!:-

“The public is finally getting a glimpse of the real Carrie Prejean who lives in her own delusional world…the childish behavior, her negative attitude, the sarcasm and condescending tone, the disrespect and continual lying she is demonstrating now is only a fraction of what we endured during her reign and after.”

I think he hit the nail on the head with the “childish behavior” bit because that’s what children do. They talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and cry and cry and cry. They don’t understand when to simply back off, slow down and most of all stop.

Little Pink Book’s Rule of PR #29:
Don’t self-destruct.
Do yourself a favor and learn
when to simply, for lack of a better phrase,
shut up.


Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the ‘Little Pink Book’ delivered to your Kindle.

Copyright © 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Living truthfully, though hard at times, is so much easier than living a lie!

    Amen to PR rule #29!

  2. You know I really respect that Carrie Prejean stood up for what she believed in and most of all stood up for herself. But at some point she just needs to stop because she's in self-destruct mode. All the lies are catching up with her one right after the other.

    Did you see the clip from her stint on The View where Walters quotes a part from her book, and Prejean says she DIDN'T say those things about Donald Trump? But then Walters is like, it's in your book.

    I read he wanted to sue her. Don't know if he will or just forget about it.

  3. Who is this woman? These people need an enema.

  4. Who is this woman? These people need an enema.