On Thursday last week, HuffingPost published an exclusive report that reviewed about 3 years of internal Miss America Organization (MAO) emails provided by two unidentified sources.
The E-mails’ report included exchanges in which CEO Sam Haskell, current president Josh Randle, former MAO writer-Lewis Friedman and board members Tammy Haddad and Lynn Weidner, wrote “offensive emails about former Miss America winners, referencing their weight or their private sex lives.”
After the report, former Miss America winner, Mallory Hagan told CNN that; “I feel validated because for the longest time I had been trying to tell people that this thing is happening to me and I didn’t have any proof and now I do,” she said. “I feel a big weight off my shoulders.”
Following the expose, the CEO, the President and the Board Members have all resigned. Sam Haskell, the chief executive officer of the Miss America Organization was suspended a day after the report and in a statement issued on Friday night, he apologized for “a mistake of words.”
As expected, Haskell called the Huffington Post story “dishonest, deceptive, and despicable.”
After the HuffingPost report, 49 former Miss Americas, dating back to 1948 joined in, and called for the resignation of MAO’s leadership, including Haskell, Randle and Haddad.
Guess what; they’ve all resigned.
The MAO scandal comes a few days after GhanaCelebrities.Com revealed years of rot, well seated within the Miss Ghana Beauty pageant in Ghana—and so far, 3 Former Queens-Miss Ghana 2010-Stephanie Karikari, Miss Ghana 2015-Antoinette Delali Kemavor and Miss Ghana 2013-Giuseppina Nana Akua Baafi, 1 first-runner up-Margaret Kuma-Mintah and a finalist-Janet Maame Serwaa Arkorful Awotwe have all come out to share the horrible experiences they had.
All these young women have come out to erect allegations that, Inna Patty and her company exploited them, embezzled funds they raised, verbally and physically abused some of them and even ‘PIMPED’ some of them out to men, in return for sponsorship deals.
Comparing the Miss America disgrace to the Miss Ghana scandal, the former does not come anywhere close to the latter in terms of shock and horridness—and yet, those involved in the Miss Ghana scandal continue to remain at post without any official investigations launched so far.
In fact, in the case of Miss Ghana, the shameless folks occupying the upper echelon have through their expensive lawyers, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co have threatened every individual and media house with lawsuits if we continue to hold conversations around the scandal.
Interestingly, after the resignation of the Miss America leadership involved in the scandal, the newly instituted management, headed by the interim board chairman-Dan Meyers has started “contacting former Miss Americas to help find new leaders,” the BBC reports.
Here in Ghana, the Miss Ghana leadership continues to fight its own former Queens.
The swiftness with which those implicated in the Miss America scandal resigned, with an investigation immediately launched reflects the fact that, they faced a real possibility of losing sponsors, charitable partners, TV networks and also because that’s what is done in civilized societies.
The outrage that followed the HuffingPost report cost the Miss America Organization its main sponsor, Dick Clark Productions, which have cut all ties with the Beauty pageant.
“We were appalled by their unacceptable content and insisted, in the strongest possible terms, that the Miss America Organization board of directors conduct a comprehensive investigation and take appropriate action to address the situation,” the production company said in a statement.
In Ghana, Inna Patty runs a family business with her cohorts, with the Miss Ghana franchise and as it has become more apparent, their activities are not subject to any monitoring, supervision or accountability.
And so, they remain at post–waving frivolous lawsuit threats against those who seek to bring them to justice.