THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — (UPDATE: Court orders contestant Sheena Monnin to pay damages resulting from her claim the pageant was fixed. See below.) While reputable reports are few, it is clear that one of the contestants — Miss Pennsylvania USA, Sheena Monnin — quit just prior to the end of the Miss USA pageant. The Miss Universe organization is reportedly saying it’s because they allowed trans woman Jenna Talackova to compete. The pageant released the contents of an email from Monnin to the Miss Universe organization the day she quit. This is an excerpt:
” . . . a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural-born males to compete in it. This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.”
Reports say that Monnin has changed her story since then and now accuses the pageant of fraud claiming that ‘the top 5 were selected in advance’. The organization however, insists the Jenna Talackova controversy was the reason she quit.
UPDATE: July 7, 2013. Following Sheena Monnin’s 2012 rant against transgender contestants and her claims the pageant was rigged, she was sued by the pageant for defamation. After an earlier ruling by an arbitrator against her, Monnin appealed only to find the judge upholding the earlier decision. Monnin now needs to pay up for her false claims.
From the BBC:
A beauty queen must pay Donald Trump’s Miss USA organisation $5m (£3.3m) for defamation, a federal judge has ruled.
Sheena Monnin resigned as Miss Pennsylvania in 2012 after publicly claiming the contest was rigged.
An arbitrator ruled that her allegations cost the pageant $5m in a lost sponsorship deal.
In a Facebook posting, Ms Monnin stood by her original claims. She also said her legal fees alone topped $50,000 and solicited financial donations.
The legal battle began after Ms Monnin, while competing in Miss USA 2012 last June, claimed that another contestant had learned the names of the Miss USA competitors who finished in the top five, before the show was even broadcast.
That contestant later issued a statement saying that she was only joking.
Trump’s Miss Universe Organization sued Ms Monnin for defamation and an arbitrator ruled against her in December.
She appealed that judgment arguing that the arbitrator had overstepped his authority.
New York district court Judge J Paul Oetken this week rejected her appeal.
Pageant organisers claimed Ms Monnin had resigned not over the results, but because she disagreed with a decision to allow transgender contestants.
Accounting firm Ernst & Young, which tabulates the judges’ scores, insisted during last year’s controversy that the pageant was not rigged.
I wrote this piece on trans people in beauty pageants for the Huff Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/jenna-talackova_b_1530563.html
My previous post on Jenna Talackova: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/transgender-beauty-contestant-jenna-talackova-new-photos-new-complaints/
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Too bad there’s such an idiotic brain behind that pretty face.
She’s not even that pretty!!!!
Sounds like Miss Pennsylvania USA is jealous and has a serious issue.
I’d be telling her good riddance and don’t let the door hit you in the a** on the way out. We don’t need bigoted, hate-filled morons competing for the title.
I bet she’s never had plastic surgery, a boob job, teeth work and coaching on how to win a contest. I think she’s a Romney supporter.
She obviously can’t handle others that are more beautiful and intelligent … idiot assigned female at birth!
I thought at first that Sheena Monnin was another crazy bigot but on reflection I’m not so sure. She says she quit because she claims the pagent is rigged. Being that this pagent is a Trump owned operation I can believe that they tried to cover their ass and claim Sheena quit due to Jenna being allowed to participate when indeed Sheena may have quit because the judging was rigged. Plus this would have the benifit of undoing some of the damage the pagent inflicted on itself when it first ruled against Jenna competing. The terrible comment attributed to Sheena is just that, “attributed”. And attributed by the pagent. Where is the proof that Sheena actually said or wrote that. It’s not that I’m defending Sheena, it’s just that Trump is a low-life, duplicitous scumbag and I trust him or anybody connected to him or his businesses about as far as I can throw a Sherman tank.
Your comments about Trump may have some merit, however Monnin’s timing on this makes her look bad. She should have spoken out earlier if she suspected something was amiss. Instead she quit mid-show when it became apparent she wasn’t going to win. Not really a good position to be in if you’re a whistleblower.
Surprised Fox Noise hasn’t hired her yet. She’d be a perfect fit.
I am not fond of beauty pageants in the first place for a number of reasons, but that’s a completely different disc-
Actually, that’s a discussion that needs to be had. “This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer,” are the words that the transphobic contestant used in reference to a trans person being allowed in the beauty pageant. Think about that for a second. What do beauty pageants focus on? Certainly not anything that would empower women to rise above the societal standards placed upon us to have a need to have the “pretty” identifier to occupy the societal space labelled female. In fact, beauty pageants of this nature have no integrity simply because they are based on the superficial and have nothing to do with the reality of anyone’s ACTUAL character. As such, for a contestant in one to complain about how the pageant no longer has any “moral character” because a transwoman is let in shows that they have no clue what the words “moral character” actually mean, as they are perpetuating an impossible standard of “beauty” that causes women to zero in on every single one of their physical “flaws”, and remind us how disgusting we all are because we aren’t all “Ms. Universe”. It’s all a sham devoid of moral character because it says that women should only be judged based on appearances and not what we’ve done with our lives and what we stand for.
In short, Sheena Monnin is an idiot.
You have valid points about beauty pageants. However, as we have come to learn, pageants can be a great PR tool for trans people, As for her being an idiot, like the previous poster suggested, she qualifies for a FOX News position!
Good riddance! It takes a great deal of effort and dedication to make it that far. For a transgender person even more so. Sheena you really need to grow up!
Yes Lynn, good comments about beauty pageants, though they have a talent portion. And we must cut our sisters slack who go overboard emulating stereotypical femininity to try to make up for lost time in a male role. Even I use some makeup.