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Miss Universe Organization Reacts to Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin's Resignation

June 06, 2012 04:16:24 GMT

The organization claims Monnin originally complained about its policy regarding transgendered contestants before changing her story by accusing the pageant of fixing the top 5 before final show.


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Miss Universe Organization, which runs Miss USA pageant, has responded to Sheena Monnin's accusation that the top 5 contestants of the beauty contest were fixed before the finale show on June 3. The foundation denied the claim, insisting that the former Miss Pennsylvania spread false story.

In a post on her Facebook, Monnin resigned her position as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, accusing the organizers of fraud. "In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy," so she said.

"I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED," Monnin began her story. "She saw a folder lying open to a page that said 'FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012' and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in."

On the final night, "after the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. I said 'who do you think they will be?' She said that she didn't 'think' she 'knew' because she saw the list that morning," she continued.

"She relayed whose names were on the list. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged; I decided at that moment to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own. That is all I know about this."

"In my heart I believe in honesty, fair play, a fair opportunity, and high moral integrity, none of which in my opinion are part of this pageant system any longer. After 10 years of competing in a pageant system I once believed in, I now completely and irrevocably separate myself in every way and on every level from the Miss Universe Organization."

"If this contestant would like to step forward as an eye witness and as being the one who saw the sheet with the Top 5 already selected before the judges ever saw the Top 16, then perhaps action can be taken. As for me, I believe her words and I will not encourage anyone to compete in a system that in my opinion and from what I witnessed is dishonest."

In response, the organization issued a statement that claimed Monnin's original reason for the withdrawal was its policy which allowed transgender women to compete. "In an email to state pageant organizers, she cited the Miss Universe Organization's policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation," so it's explained.

"Today she has changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed, however the contestant she privately sourced as her reference has vehemently refuted her most recent claim. We are disappointed that she would attempt to steal the spotlight from Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win."

In the e-mail, Monnin reportedly said that she refused to be "part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer."

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posted by surajaja on Jun 11, 2012
ummm if Trump is involved...why the hell would any1 think there's NO corrupton behind it? I don't even care about miss PA it's just so transparent that these shows are $$$$ and $$$ talks! and of course he's gonna win a law suit...whose got a better lawyer?? no one he can pay for the best too! hello.
posted by Marcus Porcius on Jun 09, 2012
I just never get tired laughing at liberals. "Transwoman" "transphobic" "Cissexaaul"...lol. It's so easy being a freak liberal. You just make up whatever you want and call it acceptable.
posted by phy13 on Jun 08, 2012
I would like to congratulate Miss Rode Island in wining. The fact that a transwoman fought her way into the Miss Universe contest proves to one Miss Pennsylvania is a sore looser and a transphobic. Facts are known she is like most women who are cissexual and believed in the privileges it brings top them. She is hidden the prejudice behind the cloak and dagger of religion. Miss Canada broke down one of the cissexaaul privileges by being the first transwoman winner from Canada. Miss Pennsylvania who clearly believes in this privilege is saying she like the male dominated world and do not want to change. Lets face it the one main reason men watch this contests is to watch the women and not the show. By practicing this prejudice she is disrespecting women whom fought for equal rights.
posted by Say What? on Jun 06, 2012
You didn't mind participating until you lost.

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