Beauty Queen Gives Up Her Crown After Miss Massachusetts Contestant Makes #MeToo Joke

Jena Greene | Reporter

A beauty queen competing for the Miss Massachusetts crown has dropped out of the contest this week after she found an insensitive joke about sexual harassment offensive.

Maude Gorman, who was recently crowned Miss Plymouth County, says this year’s contest for the Miss Massachusetts title hit a sour note when a participant put on a skit about banning the bikini contest. In the skit, one contestant questions why they banned the swimsuit portion, and a man playing God answers, “Me Too.” (RELATED: Meet Spain’s First Transgender Woman Competing In The Miss Universe Pageant)

But Gorman, who says she was gang raped at age 13, said she couldn’t stand idly by and let the joke sit. So she turned in her crown and explained her decision on Instagram.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

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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Miss Massachusetts has since issued an apology, claiming the skit was “not authorized by the board.”

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