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  • Miss Massachusetts contestant resigns her title over pageant’s #MeToo mockery

    07/09/2018 12:22:08 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 30 replies
    VOX ^ | Jul 9, 2018 | Aja Romano
    A sexual assault survivor, Maude Gorman took a stand over a joke about the cancellation of the Miss America swimsuit competition.A beauty queen has turned in her tiara after a skit mocking the #MeToo movement was featured in the final moments of the Massachusetts Miss America competition. Maude Gorman, 24, announced in an Instagram post that she had resigned her title as Miss Plymouth County after the June 30 event featured an unexpected skit that lamented the demise of the Miss America swimsuit competition by referencing the #MeToo movement. In the skit, which was reportedly unscripted and unauthorized by pageant...
  • Miss America Organization Split by #MeToo Era Swimsuit Decision

    07/09/2018 6:18:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2018 | Valerie Bauerlein
    Nearly half of Miss America’s board has quit or been forced to resign in the wake of the organization’s decision to eliminate the swimsuit competition from the contest, and 22 state pageant leaders are seeking to oust Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson over concerns about the pageant’s new direction. Ms. Carlson, a former Miss America and an early leader in the #MeToo movement, announced on June 5 that Miss America was dropping the swimsuit and evening-gown competitions and replacing them with an extended onstage interview. She said it was important to make women’s voices heard during a “cultural revolution in our country.”...
  • Iraqi beauty queen draws criticism for Israel visit

    06/14/2018 9:19:57 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 30 replies
    AP ^ | June 2018
    Sarah Idan, Iraq’s 2017 Miss Universe beauty pageant contestant, is visiting Israel this week, a trip that has enraged people back home. Idan was criticized and received death threats after taking a selfie with Israeli contestant Adal Gandelsman during last November’s competition. She arrived in Israel this week and reunited with Gandelsman during a visit organized by the American Jewish Committee to “talk about peace.” Miss Iraq, who currently resides in the U.S., received the title in 2017 after the original winner was disqualified for being married. Her appearance in Israel drew harsh criticism from Iraqis on social media. Iraq...
  • Miss America, The Latest Institution Destroyed by the Left. What's Next?

    06/14/2018 10:37:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/14/2018 | Dennis Prager
    As I have documented repeatedly, the left ruins just about everything it touches: the universities, the arts, the elementary schools and high schools, religion, sports and ordinary, everyday interactions between human beings — especially human beings of different races. The latest examples — in just the last few weeks — are the Boy Scouts, sculpture and the Miss America pageant. The left's decadeslong attempt to radically change the Boy Scouts has ended in triumph. Now that the Boy Scouts is admitting not only older girls but also younger girls — as Cub Scouts — it is dropping "Boy" from its...
  • Taking the ‘Beauty’ out of Beauty Pageants; They want to turn contestants into philosophers

    06/08/2018 9:56:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    National Review ^ | Jonah Goldberg
    <p>The Miss America competition will now focus on ‘scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment.’ Good luck with that. The Miss America Organization announced this week that it will no longer judge women on their “outward physical appearance.” To that end, the swimsuit competition is gone. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the group’s head, explained. “Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment.”</p>
  • Bye, Bye Ms. American Pie

    06/07/2018 4:44:38 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 21 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6*7*18 | MOTUS
    Thanks, advocates of the self esteem movement (aka Let’s Make America Mediocre Again).Thanks #MeToo, for solidifying the belief that all women great and small are the same: victims.Thanks Social Justice Warriors, for imposing your standards of “justice” on the world. ON JUNE 5th Miss America announced that it would ditch the bikinis and become a “competition”, rather than a pageant. “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” announced Gretchen Carlson (pictured), the chairwoman of Miss America’s board of directors, and a former Miss America (1989). “That’s huge.” – The Economist And that is where the...
  • America’s Anchorman on the New Miss America Rules

    06/06/2018 4:31:31 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies ^ | 6/5/2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The Miss America thing? Uh, the Official Program Observer… I guess you’ve been chomping at the bit waiting for me to weigh in on… (interruption) Well, doesn’t surprise me. You act surprised by this. Here’s the news on the Miss America Pageant, which the last time it had significant viewers was when I was a judge and it was in Las Vegas and at Planet Hollywood. We took the show out there for a week and judging the Miss America Pageant was an eight-hour a day thing. There were two judges, a couple Hollywood comedians, when they found out...
  • Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition [tr]

    06/05/2018 6:40:06 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 105 replies
    Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday. "We are no longer a pageant," Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on "GMA." "We are a competition."
  • Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition, will no longer judge on physical appearance (tr)

    06/05/2018 6:27:28 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 81 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 5, 2018 | Catherine Thorbecke and Katie Kindelan
    Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday. "We are no longer a pageant," Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on "GMA." "We are a competition." In place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization. The contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be asked to demonstrate their...
  • Miss America CEO Suspended After Vulgar Emails About Contestants Revealed

    12/23/2017 7:55:06 PM PST · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/22/2017 | Staff
    The Miss America Organization board of directors has voted to suspend CEO Sam Haskell one day after HuffPost published internal emails showing Haskell disparaging and commenting crudely on the appearances of women who had competed in the pageant to other members of the organization. "The Miss America Organization Board of Directors today voted to suspend Executive Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell. Mr. Haskell, in support of the organization, has agreed to abide by the Board's decision," a spokesperson for the organization said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. "The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into...
  • Miss America leadership steps down as controversy envelops the organization

    12/23/2017 3:21:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 2017-12-23 | Ellen McCarthy
    The top leaders of the Miss America Organization resigned Saturday after the revelation of emails in which previous pageant winners were disparaged and called crude names. Sam Haskell stepped down as chief executive, and board chairman Lynn Weidner submitted her resignation, according to the organization, which puts on the annual pageant. Update from the Board of Directors…— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) December 23, 2017 Pageant President Josh Randle and Washington media maven Tammy Haddad, a board member, also resigned.The resignations came after 49 former Miss America winners signed a petition asking for Haskell to step down after the publication...
  • Miss America Contestants Were Repeatedly Asked To Speak Out Against Trump

    09/11/2017 12:31:11 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 26 replies
    RedState ^ | September 11, 2017 | Brandon Morse
    Nothing is safe from someone injecting their politics into it, not even beauty pageants. In the case of this year’s Miss America contest, contestants were asked to put Trump on the chopping block on subjects like Russian collusion to climate change. According to the Media Research Center, the Republican bashing began when judge Jordin Sparks hit Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, with a question about whether or not Trump was guilty of colluding with Russia. Davis answered the president was “innocent,” prompting cheers from the crowd. From the MRC: Sparks: There are multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia...
  • Miss North Dakota Cara Mund crowned new Miss America

    09/10/2017 8:45:38 PM PDT · by TBP · 64 replies
    CBS ^ | September 10, 2017 | CBS
    North Dakota's Cara Mund claimed the crown as Miss America 2018 during Sunday night's competition at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, former Miss Arkansas, placed the crown on the 23-year-old teary-eyed successor's head as the new Miss America accepted applause and cheers from the audience and judges. Miss North Dakota emerged victorious through a series of swimsuit and talent contests, onstage speeches and two rounds of interviews by judges. In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said President Trump, a Republican, was wrong to withdraw the U.S. from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas...
  • Miss America 2018: 10 contestants to watch at the Atlantic City pageant

    09/10/2017 3:20:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    It may be a fool's errand to try to predict who will win the 2018 Miss America pageant, even if you do care about the Atlantic City show, which airs 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 on ABC. (Given the musical selections of the event over the past few years, "A Calvin Harris/Coldplay song" would be the most accurate guess.) But here are some top picks anyway, given our coverage of pageant happenings this week at Boardwalk Hall. These contestants may not triumph over the rest of the 51
  • Clinton BlackBerry photo led to State official’s query about email account

    06/10/2016 4:14:55 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/9/2016 | Josh Gerstein
    An iconic photograph of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her BlackBerry while wearing sunglasses on a military plane in 2011 prompted a recordkeeping official in her office to inquire about whether Clinton had been assigned a email address, the State Department disclosed this week.Clarence Finney, who oversaw an office responsible for Freedom of Information Act searches, raised the question about an official account after seeing the photo in the media, according to testimony at a deposition held Wednesday and released Thursday. The image went viral on social media in 2012, prompting a "Texts from Hillary" meme."When Mrs. Clinton's...
  • Miss(placed) America: Kevin McCullough praises Gen. Shelton for honesty on Wesley Clark

    09/26/2003 10:20:23 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 163+ views ^ | Friday, September 26, 2003 | Kevin McCullough
    Does integrity count anymore? It is a question worth asking. More importantly, it is a question worth answering. On Wednesday, retired General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton made an astounding public remark. After having completed a spell-binding speech at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif., as to the events of 9-11 and his 38 years serving in the United States military, Shelton was asked a question that brought a disquieting hush across the crowd. The Los Altos Town Crier newspaper put the events this way: "What do you think of Gen. Wesley Clark, and...
  • Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields named Miss America 2017

    09/12/2016 2:30:02 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    MSN AP ^ | September 11, 2016
    Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields won the Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City. She topped a field of 52 contestants to win the crown and the title of Miss America 2017, succeeding the outgoing Miss America Betty Cantrell. Shields performed a jazz dance to a song from the TV show "Smash," for which she won a preliminary competition earlier in the week. During the onstage interview portion of the competition, she was asked what she thought of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, one of several political questions asked of the contestants. "Both of the contestants have done a good...
  • Miss America's First Ever Openly Lesbian Contestant Makes Stage Appearance

    09/08/2016 10:44:07 AM PDT · by drewh · 71 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | 09:32 EST, 8 September 2016 | By ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The first ever openly lesbian Miss America contestant took the stage for the first time during the second night of the preliminary competition on Wednesday. Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty, 23, strutted her stuff during the swimsuit competition and spoke about National Suicide Prevention Week during her on stage question. Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer and Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields won the night's preliminary contests in the swimsuit and talent portion. Brewer won the swimsuit competition, while Shields nabbed the talent portion after jazz dancing to They Just Keep Moving The Line, a song from former NBC show Smash. 'We were just...
  • Lesbian contestant ready to compete for Miss America crown

    09/06/2016 12:07:20 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 93 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9/6/2016 | AP
    Miss Missouri, Erin O’ Flaherty, will compete for the Miss America crown this weekend as the first openly lesbian contestant.
  • First openly gay Miss Missouri crowned

    06/22/2016 6:26:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 120 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2016 7:03 PM EDT | Maria Sudekum
    Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year. Erin O’Flaherty, 23, was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri, and is the first openly gay woman to be named Miss Missouri, said Ann Jolly, chairman of the board of the Miss Missouri Scholarship Organization. O’Flaherty said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she came out as gay when she was 18, competed openly and knew going into the Miss Missouri pageant that she’d be making history if she won. …