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‘Miss America’ Rebrands In The #MeToo Era: Eliminates Swimsuit Competition & Wants To Be More “Inclusive”

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The 97-year-old ‘Miss America’ pageant has made major changes, which will be seen on the upcoming September 9th broadcast of the competition on ABC. Gretchen Carlson, the current chairwoman of the organization, and the 1989 Miss America winner, and former news anchor, revealed the changes for ‘Miss America’ in the #MeToo era on Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning America.   

The biggest being that the swimsuit competition has been axed.  As well, according to Carlson, “We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition.  We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance.” Instead of the swimsuit t competition, the contestants will take part in a “live interactive session with the judges” that will demonstrate their passion, intelligence, and overall understanding of the role of Miss America.

In addition, the evening gown competition will be revamped, where now women can wear an outfit of their choice.  Something that makes them feel confident and expresses their personal style.  The former Fox News anchor said, “It’s gonna be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in.

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How this all came to pass: The  Miss America Organization board of directors called upon former contestants to help recruit new leadership, after there was a scandal involving derogatory comments made against former contestants about their weight and looks.  

Carlson also said, “We are now open, inclusive and transparent” and she wants to “inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program, because we want you, and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships.”

As you know, Carlson settled a reported twenty-million dollar lawsuit against former Fox News chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes, after she accused him of sexual harassment.  Thousands of women, according to Carlson, have been inspired to know they can stand up and speak and their voices will be heard since 22 months ago when she revealed her harassment by her employer.

Glad the swimsuits are gone from the ‘Miss America’ competition?  Glad to know that the talent portion and what the contestants have to say about themselves and the issues of our time are most important, or are those staples also so dated?  Do you think more young women will enter the program of different sizes, colors, and backgrounds, then the cookie-cutter look the old pageant-version has had for almost 10 decades?  Do you think this is a positive step forward for young women to win scholarship money based on much more than their looks,? Comment below.

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What does wearing a swimsuit have to do with the Me2 movement…i could care less if they remove that part or not…but whats it got to do with Me2…fully clothed women and even some men have been sexually harassed…why dont movies and some cable shows stop parading women in their all instead!!!

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I’m glad! I cannot take the metoo movement too serious if we are trying to curtail sexual harassment in this country only to have women putting their assets out there on display! Take cover and show your intellectual talents. THATS sexy!

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I am not too impress- these will still be beautiful physically fit young ladies competing — no matter how intelligent they are, they will be judged even unconsciously for their looks. I say when an brilliant 82 year old woman who is slightly overweight with facial hair and no teeth “wins” the competition” then the show has evolved. As for eliminating the swimsuit competition, I think it will hurt ratings when shows like Victoria Secret Fashion Show and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are highly consumed by the American public–no one tunes into these “competition” shows to see how smart these… Read more »

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Can’t wait to watch them walk around in trench coats and try to put two words together. Gretchen Carlson is nothing but a air head isn’t she the fat leg one that wore the short skirts on camera with everything showing and then cried that she was being sexually harassed ? She received how many million from the law suit? Please ! Do away with it no one watches this stuff anymore.

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It is a beauty pageant for gosh sakes not a IQ test please stop with I am woman hear me roar you sound stupid!

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Amen, k/kay!!!!! I see this desperately grasping woman is still carrying that #MeToo chip on her shoulder despite making out like a bandit over her sexual harassment allegations which only miraculously surfaced when she discovered her contract with Fox had failed to be renewed. Now she’s spreading her feminist venom to the very Miss America organization which launched her so-so media presence in the first place! Rather ironic…as if parading around in a tasteful swimsuit is a big deal for an attractive woman, especially when you sadly see far more revealing stuff on the street each and every day!!! There… Read more »

Satan
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Why is failed FAUX Noize host Gretchen Carlson trying to ruin the Miss America pageant? Is she still on the Cheeto payroll? (he still has a financial interest in the competing Miss Universe franchise as far as I know)

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Linda Evans Joins the Virtual ‘Dynasty’ 40th Anniversary Reunion

Look who’s been added to the line-up of Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon Carrington) upcoming Dynasty reunion? None other that one of the iconic series most notable stars, Linda Evans (Ex-Krystle).

In a tweet on Wednesday, Samms shared: “OMG… Look who’s joining us for the Dynasty Reunion! It’s only LINDA EVANS.  I’m so grateful, but not surprised by the kindness of her heart. It’s to raise funds for research into Long Covid.”

On Saturday March 20th you can help raise funds for world-leading research into the global pandemic’s, Long Covid, which has gripped many who have come down with Covid-19, but are still feeling the effects of the virus months after their initial illness, and have developed additional medical complications because of it including: breathlessness, fatigue and muscle aches.

So, join Emma and Linda along with previously announced Dynasty stars: Heather Locklear, Jack Coleman, Catherine Oxenberg, Maxwell Caufield, John James, Pamela Bellwood, Al Corley, Gordon Thomas, Stephanie Beachem, Terri Garber and more for a virtual reunion brought to you by Coastal Entertainment.

For ticket info click here.

As soap fans know, Emma also plays Holly on General Hospital and when last we saw her, viewers found out she was alive and well but being held captive, but where o’ where? Samms taped the key scene from England last year.  Fans hope to someday see the pick-up of the story.

So, excited to hear Linda Evans is part of the Dynasty reunion? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ Soap Vet, Geoffrey Scott Dead at 79

Actor Geoffrey Scott, best known as tennis pro, Mark Jennings, on ABC’s Dynasty has passed away at 79.

Scott died of Parkinson’s disease on February 23rd, just after midnight on the day after his birthday in Colorado, according to his wife who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter.

Scott had a long list of soap opera credits including: Sky Rumson on ABC’s Dark Shadows, Jeffrey Jordan on CBS’ Where the Heart Is in 1972, David McAllister on ABC’s General Hospital in 1989, and Billy Lewis on CBS’ Guiding Light in 1994.

TV fans also recognized Geoffrey from hundreds of commercials including as the ‘Marlboro Man’ as well as a sailor in Old Spice spots.

On Dynasty, Scott was brought into the show in its third season in 1982.  In story, Alexis (Joan Collins) brings Mark Jennings to Denver to bust up Blake (John Forsythe) and Krystle (Linda Evans), when she learned Mark’s divorce from Krystle wasn’t legal.

Check out this clip featuring Geoffrey Scott from Dynasty below where Mark tells Krystle they were never divorcedThen share your condolences and remembrances in the comment section.

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Richard Burgi Joins the Cast of Y&R as Ashland Locke

Soap veteran, Richard Burgi has nabbed the pivotal role of ruthless and shrewd businessman Ashland Locke on The Young and the Restless. The part is said to be recurring.

According to Deadline who broke the casting news, Burgi will first be seen on the upcoming March 11th episode of the CBS Daytime drama series.

In story, Ashland arrives in Genoa City to oversee a bidding war with Y&R’s high powered Newman and Abbott families and will also expose some secrets during his visit.

Burgi was last seen on daytime on General Hospital as Paul Hornsby from 2014-2016.  He also played Karl Mayer on primetime’s Desperate Housewives, and was seen more recently on ABC’s Grand Hotel.  The actor has also appeared on Another World, Days of our Lives and in numerous TV and movie roles.

So, what do you think of the casting choice of Richard Burgi as Ashland Locke? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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