Yesterday, Sheena Monnin, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, resigned from the Miss USA pageant system, claiming she discovered documents that proved that the Miss USA contest — which aired on June 3 — was actually rigged! Quelle horror! According to Monnin, she quit after a fellow contestant spotted a list that announced the top five contestants before the show actually happened. In a post on her Facebook wall, she relayed the story:
I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. Apparently the morning of June 3rd she saw a folder lying open to a page that said ‘FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012′ and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in. Thinking she was just seeing a rehearsal fake top 5 from a previous day she walked away, then realized that it had without a doubt been labeled as the Final Show Telecast, June 3rd. After the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. I said ‘who do you think they will be?’ She said that she didn’t ‘think’ she ‘knew’ because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged.
As you might imagine, Monnin’s claim isn’t going over well with those affiliated with the pageant — especially Donald Trump, who owns the rights to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. He says he’s going to sue Monnin. “What we’ve authorized today is we’re going to bring a lawsuit,” said Trump. “She said some really strong things. When she’s using the word ‘fraud,’ that’s pretty strong, so we’re going to be suing her on that basis.”
The Miss Universe pageant, which runs Miss USA, also said that Monnin stepped down for another reason entirely: she disagrees with the organization’s policy of allowing natural-born men to compete against women. The organization released an email from Monnin in which she states that “part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever [sic] moral fiber of my being.” Monnin, they allege, became incensed after Canadian transsexual contestant Jenna Talakova was allowed to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
So is that the real reason, or is it some kind of pageant conspiracy? What do you think?