Miss Massachusetts contestant drops out of race after host makes ‘Me Too’ joke
A contestant in the Miss Massachusetts pageant dropped out in response to a pageant host’s joke about the “Me Too” movement.
Maude Gorman resigned after a June 30 event in which an emcee performed a skit mocking the Me Too movement for the end of the swimsuit competition, according to the Boston Globe.
The Miss America organization announced last month that it would eliminate the swimsuit competition and no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance.
Gorman, the reigning Miss Plymouth County and 2015 Miss Massachusetts World, has been outspoken about surviving a rape by three men when she was 13 years old.
Gorman, who was backstage during the skit, called the experience “heartbreaking.”
“It was heartbreaking to hear,” she told the Globe. “In that moment, everything collapsed right in front of me.”
Gorman, who gave up her Miss Plymouth County 2018 title when she resigned, wrote in an Instagram post that she was “internally conflicted” about her decision, but vowed to continue advocating for sexual assault survivors.
“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,’” she wrote. “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.”
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
The Miss Massachusetts organization apologized for the skit in a post on its Facebook page, saying that the board did not approve it.
“The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday night’s skit,” the post read. “Moving forward, we will review all content with future emcees and other participants prior to our show to be sure offensive or potentially offensive content is not allowed.”
The Me Too movement, which called attention to sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, particularly in Hollywood and the media, gained traction worldwide last fall.
The movement prompted the downfall of dozens of powerful males in several industries and prompted organizations like the Screen Actors Guild to make changes to its policies on harassment.
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