Miss America contestant quits pageant over #MeToo joke

I refuse to stand idly by and simply 'let this go'.

By Susannah Guthrie

A contestant in the Miss America pageant has quit after the #MeToo movement was mocked onstage.

Maude Gorman, 24, was competing in the Miss Massachusetts final this month when a skit about the Miss America pageant's abolition of the swimsuit segment made light of the anti-sexual assault campaign.

Maude, who was gang raped at age 13, immediately relinquished her title as Miss Plymouth County in response.

"Today, I officially resigned from the title of Miss Plymouth County 2018," Maude wrote on Instagram.

"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."

A video of the skit obtained by The Observer showed a woman complaining about the bemoaning the removal of the swimsuit competition.

"We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It's very upsetting," she said. "And I'm trying to understand, God, why it happened."

A person dressed as God responded, "Me too, Amy, me too," while holding up a sign bearing the words '#MeToo'.

The audience, seemingly unfazed, responded with laughter and applause.

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The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors issued an apology for the skit following Maude's resignation.

"The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday night's skit. The skit was not in the script and was not authorized by the board," it said in a statement.

It's worth mentioning that Maude was a boss even before this whole incident.

In addition to her activism work for sexual assault survivors, she's served in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, worked in shelters for abuse and violence victims, is a champion mountain runner, has abs and biceps of steel and rocks a crown like it's no one's business.

More like her, please.