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Entertainment Can controversy fill swimsuit void at Miss America pageant?

09:15  09 september  2018
09:15  09 september  2018 Source:   ap.org

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.

The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City. This year marks the first time The most consequential decision was to drop the swimsuit competition and give the candidates more time to talk onstage about themselves, their

The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City. This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition. It has been replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing

Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, left, and Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine celebrate after winning preliminary competition awards in the Miss America pageant Friday Sept. 7, 2018 in Atlantic City, N.J. Taveras won the onstage interview and Tremaine won the talent portion. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) © The Associated Press Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, left, and Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine celebrate after winning preliminary competition awards in the Miss America pageant Friday Sept. 7, 2018 in Atlantic City, N.J. Taveras won the onstage interview and Tremaine won the talent portion. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in.

The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City.

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.

The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in. The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad she didn't have to. Nia Imani Franklin

This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition.

It has been replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding President Trump, and NFL player protests, among other topics.

And behind the scenes, a revolt is underway among most of the Miss America state organizations who demand that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign.

The outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, says the two have bullied and silenced her, claims that the women deny.

Through it all, the 51 young women vying for the crown and a $50,000 scholarship have tried to remain focused.

"I am just having the time of my life," said Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, who won Friday's onstage interview preliminary with comments on how Americans traveling abroad should let people from other nation's know that America supports and wants to help them. "I don't know what will happen; I just really shared myself as much as I could."

Miss America Cara Mund: It's 'possible' that Gretchen Carlson will fire me

  Miss America Cara Mund: It's 'possible' that Gretchen Carlson will fire me Miss America Cara Mund continued her crusade against the organization and its chairwoman Gretchen Carlson during a Good Morning America interview.Less than three weeks before the 2019 pageant on Aug. 9, Mund appeared on Good Morning America Thursday for her first televised interview after releasing a letter last week criticizing the group's leadership.

The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad Franklin won a ,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be The decision to drop the swimsuit competition created a good deal of controversy and criticism of

Miss New York Nia Franklin reacts after being named Miss America 2019, Sunday, Sept. Franklin won a ,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held The swimsuits were replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks

The 98th Miss America competition will be held at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in the city where it started nearly a century ago as a bathing beauty contest designed to extend the summer tourism season for another week after Labor Day.

Upon taking over at the helm of the Miss America Organization last winter following an email scandal in which former top leaders denigrated the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas, Carlson and Hopper set out to transform the organization, dubbing it "Miss America 2.0."

The most consequential decision was to drop the swimsuit competition and give the candidates more time to talk onstage about themselves, their platforms and how they would do the job of Miss America. Supporters welcomed it as a long-overdue attempt to make Miss America more relevant to contemporary society, while others mourn the loss of what they consider an integral part of what made Miss America an enduring part of Americana.

Carrie Inaba, Ross Matthews tapped as 'Miss America' hosts

  Carrie Inaba, Ross Matthews tapped as 'Miss America' hosts "Dancing with the Stars" host Carrie Ann Inaba and television personality Ross Matthews will co-host this year's Miss America competition. Pageant officials made the announcement Wednesday. Inaba was the pageant's choreographer for many years but will be hosting the show for the first time. Mathews will provide reports throughout the evening from backstage while also providing commentary and updates. The next Miss America will be crowned in a nationally televised broadcast on Sept. 9. It will be the first competition since the Miss America Organization made sweeping leadership changes in the wake of an email scandal that led to the ouster of the pageant's t

The next Miss America will be crowned on Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City. This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition. It has been replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from

The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in. The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally televised broadcast on ABC from Atlantic City.

Unhappy with how the decision was reached, as well as with other aspects of Carlson and Hopper's performance, 46 of the 51 state pageant organizations (the District of Columbia is included) have called on the two to resign.

Adding to the intrigue was a remarkable letter released by Mund, the outgoing Miss America, who said Carlson and Hopper had bullied, silenced and marginalized her. They deny doing any of that, saying they have been working tirelessly to move the organization into the future. It remains unknown if Carlson will speak or appear during the broadcast finale.

Onstage interview comments have raised some eyebrows during three nights of non-televised preliminary competition. On Friday, Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins was asked what she feels is the most serious issue facing the nation.

She replied, "Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces. Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country."

A day earlier, Miss Virginia Emili McPhail was asked what advice she would give to NFL players about whether to stand or kneel for the national anthem.

She said not standing during the anthem "is a right you have. But it's also not about kneeling; it is absolutely about police brutality."

Wednesday night's preliminary winners were Miss Florida Taylor Tyson for talent, and Miss Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei for onstage interview. Thursday night, McPhail won the interview preliminary and Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway won for talent. Friday, Taveras won for onstage interview and Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine won for talent.

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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