Miss America Organization President Josh Randle along with CEO Sam Haskell and Chairwoman Lynn Weidner resigned on Saturday after The Huffington Post Thursday published official internal emails offending Miss America winners' weight, sex lives and intellect.
In the leaked correspondence the organization's leaders vulgarly discussed private aspects of former contest winners' lives and disparaged women using a blatant term for female genitalia when referring to past Miss Americas.
Users on social media expressed anger and disgust over the comments made by Miss America officials.
Miss America is a nightmare for women because of gross, powerful men. (You can also drop the word "Miss" from that sentence & it still works.)— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 22, 2017
Stay strong Miss America contestants: present and future. Misguided leadership does not define you!— Dr. Helen McCracken (@Dr_Helen) December 22, 2017
What I love about the way these guys apologize is they all say "it doesn't reflect my values." Maybe they want us to believe they were suddenly possessed by the spirit of Trump?— Carole Craig (@adistantpeople) December 24, 2017
Three Miss America officials resign over abuse of pageant winners https://t.co/4AQ8GVF8aT
As someone who has put so much into pageantry over the years, I am disgusted by the comments coming from CEO of the Miss America Organization & other employees. Body-shaming and name calling has no place anywhere, much less in an organization that's mission is women empowerment.— Megan Hucks (@MeganHucks) December 22, 2017
Commenting on the emails, the president of the organization, Josh Randle, apologized to 2013 winner Mallory Hagan, whose sex life and weight he was discussing with other employees and said that the correspondence "does not reflect my [Randle's] values or the values I [Randle] worked to promote at the Miss America Organization."
The Miss America Organization was founded in 1921 and nowadays annually hosts pageants open to women aged from 17 to 24 who live in the US to participate.
"Miss America is more than a title, it’s a movement of empowering young women everywhere to achieve their dreams," the organization's website states.