By Amy S. Rosenberg
The Philadelphia Inquirer
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This year’s competition is anything but normal, with a “Job Interview” portion replacing swimsuit, and a “Red Carpet” evening wear segment replacing the traditional gown and runway competition.
What can you say about Miss America forging ahead without its iconic swimsuit competition, but holding fast to time-honored traditions of beauty, brains, scholarship, service — and extreme backbiting and name calling?
About a week leading to Sunday’s televised event — formerly known as a pageant — that included someone draping the Miss America statue on the Boardwalk with a “Gretchen Sucks” sash, even as “So Fake,” posters appeared on traffic lights in town mocking Gretchen Carlson, the beleaguered former Fox News anchor who took over as chair of the Miss America organization this year?
About Carlson, a Miss America 1989 and prominent #metoo activist, who stepped in after the former leadership was caught fat-shaming former Miss Americas in emails and who now finds herself the target of a relentless campaign to get her to resign being waged by, naturally, a group of former Miss Americas?
Whatever Carlson thinks of them, and of outgoing Miss America Cara Mund, who accused Carlson of bullying and harassing her, you can be sure she’s not putting it in emails.