Beauty Queen Turns In Her Crown Over #MeToo Joke During Pageant

A Massachusetts beauty queen has decided to relinquish her crown due to a #MeToo sketch during a pageant that she didn’t find particularly funny.

While competing in the Miss Massachusetts pageant earlier this month, Miss Plymouth County 2018 Maude Gorman was dismayed by a sketch that poked fun at the fact that Miss America contestants will no longer be modelling swimsuits.

“Miss America did away with the swimsuit competition,” a woman said in the skit, reports CNN. “We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting and I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.”

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“Me too, Amy,” replied a man, dressed as God, holding a sign reading #MeToo.

Gorman, who has been open about being a survivor of sexual assault after being gang-raped at age 13, was not amused.

“Nobody saw the skit because we were backstage, but we could all hear it,” she said. “I instantly knew I had to do something. It was going to eat away at me if I didn’t… we were all shocked. We said, ‘Oh my god. I cannot believe that just happened. Did that just really happen?'”

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In an Instagram post, Gorman revealed that the skit compelled her to turn in her crown, admitting she felt “internally conflicted” over mocking the #MeToo movement.

“As both a survivor, and advocate for victims rights and sexual violence on a whole, I refuse to stand idly by and simply ‘let this go.’ Instead, I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out; and for every person who felt liberated by the #metoo movement,” she wrote in her Instagram post. “I will not allow ANYONE to take away that empowerment and liberation, or make it anything less than what it is: AMAZING.”

Today, I officially resigned from the title of Miss Plymouth County 2018. While I’m grateful for the opportunities that @missamerica creates for young women, I am also internally conflicted; as the #metoo movement was mocked on stage during the final competition of Miss Massachusetts. As both a survivor, and advocate for victims rights and sexual violence on a whole, I refuse to stand idly by and simply “let this go”. Instead, I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out; and for every person who felt liberated by the #metoo movement. I will not allow ANYONE to take away that empowerment and liberation, or make it anything less than what it is: AMAZING. #metoo #missplymouthcounty #nomore #rainn #surviveandthrive

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After Gorman’s resignation, the Board of Directors of the Miss Massachusetts pageant shared a “sincere and heartfelt apology” for the skit on Facebook, insisting the skit “was not in the script and was not authorized by the board.”

The Observer posted a video of the offending skit — watch:

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