Maude Gorman is giving up her title and crown over a skit that was performed during the Miss Massachusetts competition making fun of Me Too and sexual assault survivors. Gorman was one of the pageant’s contestants, she won Miss Plymouth County 2018 and was able to compete in the state competition.
During the Miss Massachusetts competition, a preliminary competition for Miss America Pageant, a Me Too joke was made in regards to Miss America’s decision to get rid of the swimsuit portion of the pageant. The skit blamed the Me Too movement for the reason why the swimsuit competition was axed.
Gorman said she resigned as Miss Plymouth County because of the skit. On her Instagram announcing her resignation she wrote that “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,” Gorman continued. “I will not allow ANYONE to take away that empowerment and liberation, or make it anything less than what it is: AMAZING.”
The second photo of her gallery is her resignation letter. In the letter, she said that several titleholders backstage questioned if her sexual assault story was even true. Gorman told CNN that when she was 13 years old she was gang-raped by three men. She said she kept it a secret for three years and suffered nightly from PTSD. When she was 16 she told her mom and has since gotten the proper help and care.
In the video of the skit, which was obtained by the Observer, you can hear a contestant ask God why the swimsuit portion was axed. “We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting,” a woman kneeling stated, according to the Observer. “And I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.” A person dressed up as God, holding up a #MeToon sign responded, “Me too, Amy.” The joke was met with a roar of laughter.
Gorman told CNN she was backstage when the skit happened and didn’t see it, but she could hear it. “I instantly knew I had to something,” she told CNN. “It was going to eat away at me if I didn’t…we were all shocked. We said, ‘Oh my God. I cannot believe that just happened. Did that just really happen?'”
Since the Miss Massachusetts organization has apologized via Facebook. They offered their apologies to whoever was offended and said the skit wasn’t authorized by the Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors.
“I am done with pageants,” Gorman told CNN when asked if she will ever return. “I don’t see myself competing again. I am happy with leaving the pageant world behind me.”