Former Miss Americas Call For Board Members’ Resignations After Gretchen Carlson Bullying Allegations
On Monday, 19 former Miss America contest winners called for the nonprofit organization’s whole board to step down in the wake of the bullying allegations against chairwoman Gretchen Carlson.
Current Miss America Cara Mund recently wrote a five-page letter in which she accused Carlson — a former Fox News anchor who was also named Miss America in 1989 — of bullying and silencing her.
Since then, several other former pageant winners like Caress Cameron-Jackson (2010) and Suzette Charles (1984) have voiced support for Mund.
“I feel as though all of the leadership is complicit in this, and in order for us to move forward and to actually heal, we need to do the right thing right now, so that we can move forward and focus on who’s gonna be crowned Miss America on September 9,” Cameron-Jackson stated on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday.
FULL INTERVIEW: “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 20, 2018
Mund, 24, alleged Carlson and the rest of the organization’s board pressured her to give certain talking points like telling reporters that Carlson graduated from Stanford University. Mund also said she was urged to claim that Carlson — who filed and settled a $20 million sexual harassment lawsuit against late Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in July 2016 — launched the “Me Too” movement (activist Tarana Burke actually started it).
Carlson denied Mund’s accusations in a statement she shared on Twitter on Sunday.
“Cara, let me be clear: We, as an organization, are very proud of you and all you have accomplished. You are smart, caring and ambitious. … You embody the mission of Miss America,” Carlson wrote in the statement.
Please see my statement in full below pic.twitter.com/rvmee4es7g
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) August 20, 2018
Carlson also noted in her statement that Miss America had lost at least $75,000 in scholarship money due to Mund’s accusations.
Here are how the many former Miss Americas and others reacted to Carlson’s response to Mund’s allegations.
Oh Gretchen. There are no words for what you have done here. Shocking and outrageous. This is not how leaders act.
— Jennifer Vaden Barth (@jvadenbarth) August 20, 2018
Literally taking out a notebook and jotting down names of prominent formers/titleholders who are cowardly staying silent while @CaraMund speaks her truth. She may be poised and resilient, but I’m a petty bitch. #StandWithCara
— Martha Kyler (Price) (@Miss_MarthaLou) August 18, 2018
— Todd Chrisley (@toddchrisley) August 20, 2018
— Jennifer Vaden Barth (@jvadenbarth) August 17, 2018
— Taylor Lance (@tlance1017) August 17, 2018