The dream of a million girls who are more than pretty… is actually a disgusting nightmare behind the scenes.
HuffPost got their hands on three years of internal emails from the Miss America organization, thanks to two inside sources disturbed by what they regularly saw. Now CEO Sam Haskell (above, right) and head writer Lewis Friedman have a lot to answer for.
In their convos, they fat-shamed, slut-shamed, and used sexist language against pageant winners and contestants.
In one email, Haskell wrote:
“I have decided that when referring to a woman who was once Miss America, we are no longer going to call them Forever Miss Americas….please change all script copy to reflect that they are Former Miss Americas!”
To which Friedman responded:
“I’d already changed “Forevers” to “Cunts.” Does that work for you?”
Haskell shot back:
In August 2014, Haskell got an email about 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan, who was infamously fat-shamed after her win. Apparently her hairdresser had been telling stories publicly about her sex life. Haskell shared this with Friedman, saying:
“Not a single day passes that I am not told some horrible story about Mallory.”
“Mallory’s preparing for her new career ├óΓé¼┬ª as a blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade As she continues to destroy her own credibility, her voice will attract less and less notice while she continues her descent to an unhappy pathetic footnote…
Ps. Are we four the only ones not to have fucked Mallory?”
Haskell approved, saying:
“It appears we are the only ones!”
He then shared a story about Hagan “seducing” a friend’s son. He joked he had to break the news to the mother:
“I told her he needs to have a blood test because we lost count of the number of men she slept with at 25.”
In December 2014, Friedman wrote to Haskell to give his condolences on the death of “former” Mary Ann Mobley. The subject line was:
“It should have been Kate Shindle.”
(Kate Shindle was crowned Miss America in 1998.)
“Thanks so much Coach…even in my sadness you can make me laugh…how was the Kennedy Center Honors? Love you and appreciate you! Sam.”
In response to all this, a Miss America Organization spokesman revealed Friedman had already been fired over an investigation into the emails:
“The Miss America Organization Board of Directors was notified about the concern of inappropriate language in email communications several months ago. Consequently, the organization’s Board of Directors took the allegations of inappropriate comments very seriously and formed an investigative committee.
As a result of the investigation, the Board directed the organization terminate the relationship with most egregious author of inappropriate comments. In addition, the Board has started the process of instituting additional policies and procedures for communication.”
As for Haskell, we’ll have to wait and see.
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