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Pageant: Miss Pennsylvania gave up crown over transgender contestants

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Miss Pennsylvania USA has given up her state crown because she said the Miss USA pageant was fixed, but pageant officials refuted her claim, and said she quit over her disapproval of the organization’s decision to allow transgender participants.

Sheena Monnin wrote on her Facbeook page Tuesday that she “witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5″ on the morning of the pageant, “before the show ever started,” reported CNN.

Sheena Monnin

“After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged; I decided at that moment to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own,” she wrote on Facebook.

The Miss Universe organization confirmed Monnin’s resignation, but said that her resignation received Monday said it was the organization’s decision to allow transgender participants was the basis for her decision:

“I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012,” the e-mail released by Miss Universe said.

“I refuse to be part of 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.

“I hereby return the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.”

Miss Universe co-owner Donald Trump retaliated Wednesday by saying Monnin can expect a lawsuit.

“What we’ve authorized today is we’re going to bring a lawsuit,” Trump told Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show.

“She said some really strong things. When she’s using the word ‘fraud,’ that’s pretty strong, so we’re going to be suing her on that basis. I did see her for about a second. I never felt that she had a chance, and all this is is buyer’s remorse,” Trump said.

An investigation has been conducted, said Trump, and no evidence was found of a list that details the five finalists in advance.

“The person that supposedly showed the list (to Monnin) totally denies that that ever took place,” Trump added.

In April, The Miss Universe Organization, which operates the Miss USA pageant, announced that it is changing its rules and will allow transgender women to take part in all of its competitions starting in 2013.

The announcement came just weeks after contestant Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman, was disqualified from competing for the title of Miss Universe Canada because she was not a “naturally born female.”

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  1. bitch

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:03am
  2. So stupid. She needs to grow the hell up. This is 2012 not the 1800.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:03am
  3. WTH!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:04am
  4. Miss pen state, you are a pure hater. Stop hate. Sue this x porn queen

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:04am
  5. well i say tough titty but the milk was still good…what is wrong with tg contestants? Gee do they look so much better?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:04am
  6. Why are these pageants even mentioned any more? Who gains anything from parading people around in swim suits and having them show talent like trained seals? Human development goes backwards 3 steps with every one of these shows.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:04am
  7. she I just a bitter bitch, she’s upset she lost

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:05am
  8. LIKE ANY OF THEM ARE NATURALLY BORN THAT WAY……I WOULD 80 PERCENT OF THEM ARE FIFTY PERCENT PLASTIC….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:07am
  9. LOL Franklyn – one of my dad’s fav. quotes ! On a more serious note, very disappointed in the “morality” of hate she so lovingly clings to. Nasty!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:08am
  10. On the bright side, Congratulations, Pennsylvania! You’re no longer being represented by Hate!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:08am
  11. I say Good Riddance! She should not be a role model for kids.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:09am
  12. Right, because I really care about what some lame, brain dead, caricature of a straight man’s fantasy of what a woman is, “thinks”.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:10am
  13. as if being beautiful is an accomplishment

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:11am
  14. What a brat.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:13am
  15. must have been a supporter of the frothy mix….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:13am
  16. This bitch couldnt hang so she left. LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:14am
  17. Wow… you know she might as well had said, “I am resigning because I cannot take the thought that a transgendered person looks better and performs better than me”. You know, just because you have certain chromosomes just doesn’t make you all that… or better than!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:15am
  18. So, if a transgendered man wanted to be a drag queen… would he get the same reception??????

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:16am
  19. It’s a tits and ass show that should have ended years ago. How long do women have to be objectified?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:16am
  20. SHE A BITCH..

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:17am
  21. @Nicole Laura Antonia Rodovsky Unfortunately we’re still represented by the state governor and republicans in the legislature.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:18am
  22. Such bs. What a DUMB BITCH. She should be banned for discrimination

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:19am
  23. LGBT pride love here.. I’m a lesbian writer/ LGBT nonprofit owner. This is a sad shame, straight humans never take a day off from inflecting hate on us pride love ones. Trans queer queens do it better, all day long. LGBT we must all take a stand to support our LGBT friends. Celebrate us!! We are strong, we are the best.. Sf pride July 23-24.. One big happy pride family. Pen state fake hoe, you have no right to judge. Take a look at self. Grow up , you are a shallow typical slut. There will always be someone better than you inside and out. Send love to all LGBT .. We love all. Search urban pride advocate on Facebook, like my page for my LGBT nonprofit. Show love and support. Like my LGBT love post.. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:19am
  24. World peace!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:19am
  25. Good riddance to this bigoted bitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:20am
  26. Good now it just opens a spot for more beautiful transgenders not miss pissylvaina its for natural girls piss off

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:25am
  27. What a bitch ……it’s s beauty contest based on beauty and other qualification she obviously couldn’t compete with. Sore winner and a small mind. She must be Rick Santorum’s mistress. God help Pennsylvania.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:25am
  28. Gave me chills!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:28am
  29. BYE!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:34am
  30. Don’t beauty queens always say they want “World Peace”… she has a funny way of showing it :(

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:34am
  31. so she’s homophobic and a liar, huh, she can go away now

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:37am
  32. Last time I checked moral behavior did not include being a bigot.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:37am
  33. I love that she got called out on her incredibly blatant lie and I love that Trump is suing her in retalliation.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:40am
  34. glad not to live in PA…. against every fiber of her being… wth do you care go put some more make up & your outrage will be forgotten!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:41am
  35. Wow that sucks she did :( …. Some stuff should be left alone by trans

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:41am
  36. I wonder if anyone realizes the irony in calling Miss Penn a bitch right now…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:45am
  37. Way to represent your state, Former Miss Penn. I hope the rest of the state isn’t filled with such pathetic bigots as this woman.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:59am
  38. why is she jealous or just a sore looser!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:00am
  39. she is ugly inside, thus is not beautiful.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:04am
  40. Calling her a bitch, a bigot, or anyhting else just perpetuates this “war” the LGBT community keeps trying to end, despite continuing it themselves.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:04am
  41. Who cares what a show dog has to say anyway?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:13am
  42. Let her move in with Carrie Prejean.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:17am
  43. She still won muhahahaha!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:26am
  44. i guess her brain is way smaller that her fake tits !

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:39am
  45. Good riddance bitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:40am
  46. it’s going to be difficult to say what really happened here…if the statement was forged, the pageant is counting on the media to spread “outrage” and cover up rigging possibilities

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:41am
  47. She has a BIG problem!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:50am
  48. This nasty bitch needs to go!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:06am
  49. good foe her!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:09am
  50. Pennsylvanians cry every time they do not get what they want!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:10am
  51. Would’ent it be a complete Slap-in-the-Face, if this Woman …,later in life gave birth to a Gay child or a Transexual child. Where would Her morals be then ? Would She dis-own her own child,or cast her own child out of the family because her morals fobids raising a Gay or Transexual child !

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:15am
  52. People like this sicken me.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:25am
  53. I for One…., DO NOT WANT,a person like THIS, representing Penna. !!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 11:36am
  54. Now ‘The Donald’ is suing Miss Pennsylvania over her remarks!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 12:07pm
  55. the thing is, the rules once said there could be no surgical enhansments to the contestants. why have a competition if the rules keep changing? In spite of haveing transgender friends, I don’t believe any contestant who underwent enhansment surgery should be allowed to compete. I would totally agree to allow a contestant who had surgical repair after injury of course, but who’s to say these girls would look this way if they’d been born in female form? If surgical enhanment is fine then there should be a credit given award to the surgen, they’re the one who really won, not the girl.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 12:58pm
  56. After the fact? Pull out before the pageant – this is just pr hype

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 1:46pm
  57. Good! You can’t be beautiful with an ugly heart!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2:07pm
  58. good for her, way to step up

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2:14pm
  59. Haha thought that was a drag queen when I first clicked on it.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6:31pm
  60. Hail hail for the homophobe fail…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 8:04pm
  61. oh com’on miss “P”…..you seem to forget why they have the pageant in the first place….not for beauty, but because it is a special thing to show love and kindness to all….not for polotical views, or whatever you say you gave up for….its all good…you are young, and life has beautiful ways to show you about decisions made when young that may have been hurtful to other folks. you are very pretty. bring it all together….you can shine if you really want to.

    Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 12:32am