Tara Conner: Give Her a Break

So, Tara Conner admitted to trying cocaine

Miss USA Tara Conner, who nearly lost her crown for hard-partying in New York nightclubs, says in the upcoming issue of People magazine that her recent stint in rehab was a wake-up call.

"I didn't think I had an issue – but I was willing to do anything to save my job. … I've realized that I suffer from the disease of alcoholism and addiction," says Conner, who logged in 31 days at the Caron Foundation rehab center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania.

"I was an equality-opportunity (user) – I would try anything once," Conner, 21, tells the magazine in its February 12 issue.

Now, most know about the spat between The Donald and Rosie "Cow" O'Donnell that started because The Donald said he would give her a second chance. You know, one of those great American principles. And there are many, on both the left and right, who thought that was a bad idea. There are many on both the left and right who are outraged to find out that she tried coke, and think she should be stripped of her crown. Not me, though.

Why? Look, many youngsters do many things, often in rebellion, that aren't very good or smart. How many of us can honestly say we didn't do dumb things, even up through our college years? Heck, adult years. I can't. I did some dumb things. I bet you did, too.

She states that she's an alchoholic. Alchoholism is, in fact, a disease, with both mental and physical needs. She needs support, not condemnation.

She appears to be trying to get straight. Getting her life in order. If she messes up again, sure, can her butt as Miss USA. In the meantime, I say The Donald did the right thing, offering to help her turn her life around, rather then firing her, which could have led to worse activities for this wild child. It would not have been Trump's fault in the least, and no one could have blamed him, but, again, he did the humane and decent thing.

You want to blame someone for her actions? Try her parents

Her mother, Brenda Johnson, tells the magazine that Conner once showed up to school drunk when she was 14 – the same year she won her first beauty pageant and her parents divorced.

14. And her parents did what, exactly, about this?

Conner, who now lives with a chaperone, says she spends time reading instead of running around town. "I thought I needed to be around people, that I needed that acceptance," she says.

She's itching to return to her Miss USA duties.

"I just can't wait to get back to work – `I'm Miss U.S.A., my name is Tara Conner, and I'm happy to meet you,' you know? Life is good."

Good for her. I say, good luck, Tara, fight the urges, and take advantage of the second chance you have been given.

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5 Responses to “Tara Conner: Give Her a Break”

  1. Perri Nelson says:

    I was one on the right that didn’t think it was a good idea, mainly because I think that her decisions to do illegal things should have disqualified her. I still do.

    You’re right though that Mr. Trump gave her a second chance, and so far it sounds like it’s working. People do change, and if rehab works for her, then that’s fabulous.

    So far it sounds good, but only time will tell. I hope she succeeds.

  2. Raven says:

    I applaud Tara for taking action to clean up her act. She is now famous and I have to wonder if this is all a big PR stunt? Something tells me it is. She has a future now if she doesn’t (pardon the pun) blow it…which I suspect she will.

    But I do not think she deserves this crown…she is supposed to be someone younger girls look up to and admire…someone who girls can aspire to be like. She is a role model. Not a very good one in the eyes of those of us who have daughters who have self respect and confidence.

    I don’t want my girls to be like her that is for sure.

  3. I definately understand what you both are saying. Her actions were not that of a role model, not in the least. However (isn’t there always a however :)), I believe that, if she stays straight, she can provide an even better example for the young girls. I have no children, but I deal with a lot of these young women, both as employees and as customers, as well as seeing them in the mall where I manage a store. I hear all the stories, many of which are not pretty, and way outdo anything we did when I was in high school and college.

    Young women seem to have so few positive role models nowadays, at least what we think are positive. All the liberal “if it feels good, do it” mentality. Bisexuality, permiscuous unsafe sexual relations, non-casual use of drugs and booze, the list goes on. Maybe if they see Tara being given a second chance, and turning her life around, they might emulate her.

    That said, if she messes up, can her butt. Period. In public. With no remorse.

  4. Raven says:

    LOL you have so much wisdom Teach.

    I was in a similar situation as she was…actually much worse. I would not have made a good role model AT ALL. I wasn’t famous (thank GAWD) and it took me years to get myself together. SO I have empathy for her. I hope she does clean herself up and then she can share her experiences and use them to warn the younger girls of these liberal lifestyle ways that are so disrespectful. Girls don’t need to act this way to be popular and society should set some standards to prove this.

  5. darthcrUSAderworldtour2007 says:

    I know today is the Lord’s Sabbath Day & Superbowl XLI ( that’s 41 for non-parochial school graduates) too, but the tasteful picture of Miss USA / the former Miss Kentucky – is a testament that Donald Trump was RIGHT in giving Tara a second chance! Tara & KFC go together, eh? Happy Groundhog’s Day Rosie O’Donnell!

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