ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: General view of Miss America 2014 statue crown during the 2014 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP
Beauty queen gives back crown because of #MeToo joke
Associated Press / 08:49 AM July 09, 2018
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, United States — A Massachusetts beauty queen has given up her crown due to a joke about the #MeToo movement.
NBC 10 Boston reports Maude Gorman resigned on Saturday as Miss Plymouth County for the Miss Massachusetts Miss America Organization after an emcee made a joke about the women’s movement on stage.
During the event last week, the host did a skit with someone portraying God. She asks why Miss America officials would get rid of the swimsuit competition, then the person holds up a sign reading “#MeToo.”
Gorman, who is a survivor of sexual assault, says mocking a movement that empowers survivors is “inappropriate” especially by a “women’s empowerment organization.”
The Miss America Organization posted an apology on its Facebook page saying the skit was not in the script or approved by the board. /cbb