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Former Miss America Kate Shindle Responds to Pageant CEO's Shocking Emails About Her

Former Miss America Kate Shindle Responds to Pageant CEO's Shocking Emails About Her

A new report from Huffington Post‘s Yashar Ali is revealing the shocking way that Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell allegedly talks about the former winners of the pageant, including actress Kate Shindle.

Emails that were exposed in the new report show that Sam thought it was funny when one of his colleagues wrote “It should have been Kate Shindle” while writing about the death of former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley.

Shindle won the pageant in 1998 and went on to become a successful theatre actress with starring roles in Legally Blonde, Cabaret, and Fun Home. She currently is the president of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union the represents stage actors and stage managers.

“I almost don’t have the words to respond to Yashar Ali‘s revelations about the current leadership of the Miss America Organization,” Kate wrote in a statement released on Twitter, in which she called for the full Board of Directors to resign.

“Today, I read that a member of the production team wished I were dead, and that Executive Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell laughed about it. I read that the Board of Directors conspired to change the rules of the competition specifically to destroy another Miss America’s business. I read that that same board passed around photos to email each other degrading comments about a Miss America’s body,” she added. “It makes me physically ill.”

You can read the full statement below.

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    What did she think they were about? Parading women in bikinis for intellectual purposes? The whole thing is dated and should have been put down ages ago.

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  • Frank

    Says someone with absolutely no conception of what this program is about. The swimsuit competition is part of the tradition of Miss America. The talent competition is what sets it apart from all other pageants. Miss America contestants are extremely bright, active in their communities, and present a positive image. It’s not dated. It’s probably needed now more than ever.

  • wearing

    Positive? women with children or spouses can’t participate. They cram facts for the interview portion. and walking in a swimsuit designed to give wedgies in a fake tan, fake boobs, fake hair, and shit loads of makeup is in no way positive to anyone but creeps. “Tradition” is what people cry when they don’t want progress.