The top leaders of the Miss America Organization resigned Saturday after the revelation of emails in which previous pageant winners were disparaged and called crude names.
“The language used and the attitudes toward the former Miss Americas was completely shocking because they’re usually treated with a lot of reverence,” Hilary Levey Friedman, a professor at Brown University who studies pageant culture, told The Washington Post.
Caressa Cameron, a Fredericksburg, Va., native who held the Miss America title in 2010, said in an interview with The Washington Post that the problem was not one of language, but of respect and leadership style.
Haskell joined the Miss America Organization in 2005 after a successful career as a talent agent, and he is largely credited with bringing the pageant back to prominence.
The story also includes emails attacking former winners Kate Shindle and Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News host who sued network chairman Roger Ailes over sexual harassment.
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