It looks like it could be curtains for the Miss America pageant.
Oh wait. We’re not supposed to call it a “pageant” anymore as Chair of the Miss America Organization Board of Trustees Gretchen Carlson told USA Today. It’s now a “competition.” Viewers are now urged to tune in to get the contestants’ take on “social impact initiatives.”
Sounds like ratings gold, right? Not so much.
BREAKING: Miss America scraps swimsuit competition & will now only judge contestants on their brains & charity work, not their beauty. This is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/IVVXaYwDw3
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 5, 2018
“We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” Carlson told GMA’s Amy Robach. “That means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition.
“We’re no longer judging women when they come out in their chosen attire — their evening wear, whatever they choose to do. It’s gonna be what comes out of their mouth that we’re interested in, when they talk about their social impact initiatives.”
JUST IN: "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition." – @GretchenCarlson on the major changes coming to @MissAmericaOrg https://t.co/ICRIsRN71h pic.twitter.com/IWKcVvCC50
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 5, 2018
“We are now open, inclusive and transparent, and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program,” she said, “because we want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents.”
“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say we’d love to be a part of your program, but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,” she continued. “So guess what? You don’t have to do that anymore. You’re welcome. Please come join us.”
Needless to say, reaction to the decision was split. While social justice warriors lauded the decision, those who live the world of reality believed they saw the future of the Miss America “competition” — and it’s grim:
No swimming suit segment for Miss America wow goodbye ratings good bye Miss America #MissAmerica
— Rude boy for life (@swaggie21) June 5, 2018
Keep your Culturally Marxist indoctrination within, Honeybiscuit…
Psychologically policing your own ovaries and mind, is what’s most important. pic.twitter.com/R2OqXkdApC
— Lance Hunter (@Lance_Hunter_) June 5, 2018
ALSO JUST IN: We will no longer have viewers.
— Matthew Humphrey (@mhumphrey) June 5, 2018
Thanks for solidifying America’s image, not only as the fattest nation, but the one willing to be most complacent about it.
— Ted Cunterblast (@tedcunterblast) June 5, 2018
What! So Miss America is a beauty pageant and now it doesn’t matter!? The stupidity continues. Next we won’t have a winner as everyone deserves to win!
— MNItalian (@italian_mn) June 5, 2018
— Deanne (@Deanne128) June 5, 2018
She’s joined the loony side — let’s have a beauty pageant and pretend it’s not a beauty pageant. Will there be quotas involved as to race, sex, gender, etc.?
— Mercedes Graham (@mercedes68005) June 5, 2018
They should just all wear burkas?
— Rick Baker (@rbaker333) June 5, 2018
Next years winner below … sums up america perfectly pic.twitter.com/vtqx0ulWyk
— PRABS-88-MUFC ?? OK ?? (@PrabZbushido) June 5, 2018
“We will no longer judge our candidates on their beauty in our beauty contest”
— Danidran (@Danidran) June 5, 2018
— Marine ONE ⚔ Honor the Fallen ?? (@TheReady1775) June 5, 2018
— AMMitchell (@angiecoonie) June 5, 2018
Stick a fork in it. This pageant is done! No one will be watching now.
— Lori (@lori_stockton) June 5, 2018
— Tom Doniphon (@TomDoniphon3) June 5, 2018
I think I’m going to be sick. The major reason both of you got on television is because you’re attractive. The dishonesty is nauseating.
— Khalid Namar (@khalidnamar) June 5, 2018
RIP Miss America
— Eric Christian (@ericbumbera) June 5, 2018