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Entertainment Miss America infighting far from settled as contestants arrive for 2019 pageant

15:36  30 august  2018
15:36  30 august  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Miss America Accuses Gretchen Carlson, Pageant Leaders of Bullying: 'Reduced Me, Marginalized Me'

  Miss America Accuses Gretchen Carlson, Pageant Leaders of Bullying: 'Reduced Me, Marginalized Me' Current Miss America Cara Mund chastised her own pageant organization for bullying and silencing her, saying leaders there undermined their outward support for "female empowerment." In a letter addressed to "Miss America Sisters," and obtained by news outlets such as USA Today and Philly.com, Mund outlined her experience of "belittlement, and outright exclusion." She specifically named Miss America CEO Regina Hopper and chair Gretchen Carlson — the former Fox News host who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement — as perpetrators. "Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis," Mund wrote. "After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll." Also read: Netflix Kills User Reviews Mund said leadership required her to name Carlson as a a pioneer of the #MeToo movement, and that she herself was not "important enough" to do big interviews, which were reserved for Carlson. Carlson was Miss America in 1989 and gained media traction after announcing the pageant will not longer hold a swimsuit portion earlier this year.

As this year's contestants converge in Atlantic City for Miss America 2019 , more than half of state pageant organizers have called on new chair and CEO to resign. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Miss America infighting far from settled as contestants arrive for 2019 pageant .

Current Miss America Cara Mund chastised her own pageant organization for bullying and silencing her, saying leaders there Despite its young female contestants walking in glitzy gowns and showcasing 90-second talent presentations, Miss America is no longer branding itself as a pageant .

Gretchen Carlson wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Miss America chair Gretchen Carlson© Getty Images Miss America chair Gretchen Carlson

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The 51 hopefuls vying for the title of Miss America are set to arrive in Atlantic City on Thursday amid changes and internal dissension for the pageant.

Pageant Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has feuded on Twitter with reigning Miss America Cara Mund after Mund said she’d been “silenced” by pageant officials seeking to control what she says.

More than half of state organizations around the country have called for Carlson, a former Fox News host, and CEO Regina Hopper to resign. Part of the dissatisfaction stems from the way the decision to discontinue the swimsuit competition was announced in June.

Gretchen Carlson Defends Miss America Organization Against Bullying Charge From 2018 Winner

  Gretchen Carlson Defends Miss America Organization Against Bullying Charge From 2018 Winner Gretchen Carlson is defending herself and the Miss America Organization against accusations from 2018 pageant winner Cara Mund that she has been harassed and silenced during her tenure to date. Mund also claims that Carlson has elbowed her out of the spotlight. Carlson, the former Fox News anchor and 1989 Miss America winner, became chairman of Miss America Organization last year after the prior regime, led by former WMA titan Sam Haskell, was ushered out amid scandal about email correspondence that disparaged past Miss America winners and critics.

As the reigning Miss America , Cara Mund, remains at odds with pageant executives after accusing them of bullying and silencing her, the 51 contestants

Miss America Accuses Gretchen Carlson , Pageant Leaders of Bullying : 'Reduced Me, Marginalized Me'. Current Miss America Cara Mund chastised Gretchen Carlson is defending herself and the Miss America Organization Miss America infighting far from settled as contestants arrive for 2019

Contestants from the 50 states plus the District of Columbia will meet the public Thursday afternoon. The next Miss America will be crowned at Boardwalk Hall in a nationally televised broadcast on Sept. 9.

Carlson and Hopper took over earlier this year after previous pageant officials were revealed to have circulated emails denigrating the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas.

Mund said in a letter to former Miss Americas on Aug. 17 that she has been left out of interviews and not invited tomeetings, and that she had a televised farewell speech cut to 30 seconds after she indirectly hinted at trouble with pageant leadership in a newspaper interview.

After Mund made her allegations in a letter to former Miss Americas on Aug. 17, Carlson responded on Twitter that Mund’s actions had cost the pageant $75,000 in new scholarships and that she was “already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization.”

The Miss America Organization told The Associated Press this month it hopes to hand out at least as much in scholarships this year as it did last year, approximately $500,000.

Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin wins Miss America pageant .
Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was named Miss America 2019 Sunday night in Atlantic City. A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is "advocating for the arts," Franklin wrote her first song at age 6. It went "Love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey."She won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition.Franklin said during her onstage interview that she was one of only a small number of minority students in school growing up, but used her love for music and the arts to grow and fit in.

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