With only two weeks left until the start of the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, Miss America's 1989 Miss America 2018 saga is the main event.
Gretchen Carlson, winner and chairwoman of the 1980s Miss America Board of Directors, has publicly responded to claims by ruling Miss America, Cara Mund, that Carlson and the pageant have harassed and silenced Mund in recent months.
"I wish Cara had picked up the phone and discussed her concerns directly with me before she went into the media with allegations of bullying," Carlson said in a statement she tweeted on Sunday night (see Tweet below). She claimed that the organization Miss America lost $ 75,000 in potential scholarship funding because of Mund's complaints.
Mund, 24, wrote a devastating, detailed letter to a group of former Miss Americas on Thursday. In the letter, which was sent to the media and published on a public pageant forum, Mund claimed that Carlson had little room for them to be the public face of the pageant. This is a role that Carlson has favored in major interviews, Mund said, when she announced the dissolution of the swimsuit contest in June.
"The new leadership immediately delivered an important message," mouth wrote. "There will only ever be one Miss America, and she is not me."
Mouth claims she was sidelined after Carlson and pageant Regina Hopper took power after a messy email scandal former CEO
First, Carlson praised Mund 's example.
"As a Brown graduate, you aspire to go to law school and one day run for Governor in your home state of North Dakota," she said. "They embody the mission of Miss America."
But Carlson, who said that mouth will now only communicate with her by e-mail, directly countered the claims of Miss America.
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"I also want to make it clear that I've never bullied or you silenced, "Carlson said. "In fact, I've confirmed to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustrations of serving during such a busy and stressful year." Mouth was Miss America for three months in December 2017, when leaked e-mails from Sam Haskell, the former pageant chairman, came to light, revealing that he had endorsed misogynist comments about the former Miss Americas and considered himself a former Title author had denigrated. 19659002] In recent days, the number of former Miss Americas who retired Carlson, Hopper, and the Miss America Board before broadcasting on September 9 has risen from 11 to 17. On Sunday evening, 17,909 people had signed their change
A similar petition from state election leaders has risen from 22 states to at least 25. Attendees will represent Columbia's 50 states and district in the 2019 pageant at Promenade Hall.
Carlson noted that "a majority of former Miss Americas" nominated her as chairman of the board, "an unpaid, full-time, voluntary job."
"I accepted the challenge with some trepidation," she said. "The program (Miss America) had given me so much, but I knew that repositioning the organization would require real strength and commitment."
State directors and former Miss Americas claim that Carlson and Hopper, the CEO, misled Miss America believers as to why the swimsuits had to go away. They said that they were told that the contest would not be aired on ABC if the swimsuit component remained. Carlson and Hopper denied this and said the production partners cut the swimsuits instead.
Carlson also referred to #MeToo in her response to Mouth. The former Fox News presenter has been featured prominently in the movement after she sued former Fox CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016 (reportedly worth $ 20 million). She has rejected the criticism that she has attempted to tie the swimsuit decision to the cultural moment for women and victims of sexual harassment and assault.
"They are at the epicenter of a very historic moment for women," Carlson said to mouth. "Over the last two years, our country has undergone a rapid change in how professional women are portrayed and treated, Cara, you have the opportunity to be at the forefront of a genuine, positive change for young women in this country, so I'm so hopeful You will be a part of it. "
Oh Gretchen. There are no words for what you have done here. Shocking and outrageous. That's not how the leaders act.
– Jennifer Vaden Barth (@jvadenbarth) August 20, 2018
"It's already part of the change," Miss America 2004, Ericka Dunlap, argued on Twitter. "She has a hashtag that one does not know!" #StandWithCara "
But Carlson also blamed Mouth because he focused the attention of the incoming contestants on himself, though the recent headlines – up Mund's letter – mostly focused on him were the divide between Carlson and pageant involved.
"We should celebrate it," Carlson said of the current candidates. "Cara, please join us."
Miss New Jersey, Jaime Gialloreto from Woolwich Township, is among those who have spoken out for mouth. In social media, former titleholders Carlson
" @GretchenCarlson criticized just because DT (Donald Trump) tweeted abuses on Twitter, does not mean that you can destroy a 24-year-old who has written a letter to her sisters, "tweeted Lauren Percy, Miss New Hampshire 2017.
" Oh Gretchen, there are no words for what you've done here, "tweeted Jennifer Vaden Barth, a former Miss North Carolina who says that Carlson she from the pageant this summer. "Shocking and rude, that's not how the leaders act."
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