Miss America CEO Slut-Shamed and Fat-Shamed Pageant Winners in Staff Emails

Apparently, the head of one of the biggest beauty pageants in the world thought it was a good idea to crack jokes in internal emails about how past winners slept around and gained too much weight. According to a new report by HuffPost’s Yashar Ali, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell exchanged emails with board members and a pageant writer in which they wrote inappropriate comments about former Miss Americas. For example, in a 2014 email exchange with writer Lewis Friedman, Haskell co-signed Friedman’s description of ex-winners as “c*nts.” Here’s a screengrab of the email, via HuffPost: Per Ali’s story, board members Tammy Haddad and Lynn Weidner “served as a rubber stamp” when it came to the CEO’s behavior. Weidner is a Las Vegas socialite. Haddad is a media consultant who is well known in D.C. political circles and once served as the lead producer for MSNBC’s Matthews. In one instance, Haddad referred to a group of ex-winners as a “pile of malcontents” and that the majority “do not have class.” Besides laughing at a pageant write calling former Miss Americas the c-word, Haskell also endorsed a Friedman email in which the writer said he wished 1998 winner Kate Shindle had died instead of Mary Ann Mobley, who passed in December 2014. Shindle had just released a book that included criticism of Haskell’s salary. The emails revealed that Haskell had quite a bit of disdain for 2013 winner Mallory Hagan. He poked fun at her weight following a publication of a photo of her in a bikini that was meant to fat-shame her. It appeared that Haskell was upset that Brent Adams, Hagan’s boyfriend at the time, wasn’t dating the CEO’s daughter. In one exchange with Friedman, the two men commented on Hagan supposedly sleeping around, asking each other if they were the “only ones” who hadn’t had sex with her. Friedman also called Hagan a “blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.” In another exchange with Weidner, Haskell said Hagan looked “huge” and “gross,” while wondering why Adams would want to be with her. In a Friday appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Hagan said that she felt “validated” by the emails because she had tried to let people know in the past what was happening. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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