Maude Gorman, Miss Plymouth County 2018, was competing for the title of Miss Massachusetts on June 30, 2018. The 24-year-old beauty queen was watching backstage when the host began performing in a way she didn’t expect.
During the controversial skit, an actor portraying God asked why Miss America got rid of its infamous swimsuit portion. Then someone on stage held up a sign reading “#MeToo” — referencing the international movement to end sexual violence — as the crowd burst into laughter.
But Maude didn’t think the sketch was funny. In fact, she says she felt horrified and betrayed. You see, Maude has spoken openly about her own experiences with sexual assault on the pageant stage. And just days after the Miss Massachusetts competition, Maude stunned the pageant community by turning over her crown and sash and resigning from pageantry altogether.
She shared her reasoning in a now-viral Instagram post: “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.”
Many supporters are applauding Maude for having the courage to stand up for what she believed was right.
In the video below, see how Miss Massachusetts responded to the the controversial skit.
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