Apologize and move on. That’s probably how now former CEO of the Miss America Organization Sam Haskell moved through the world his entire life. Forget a birthday: Sorry, baby, have some flowers I found in the dustbin at work. Knock an old lady down at the grocery store: Sorry lady, but you shouldn’t have been standing there! Get caught exchanging vile emails to your colleagues at your, according to Time, $500,000 a year job as CEO of Miss America: Sorry, you weren’t supposed to see that!
After The Huffington Post ran an expose on the messy emails exchanged behind the scenes at Miss America, TMZ reports that heads have finally started to roll. Sam Haskell has resigned because “apologize and move on” is canceled this year.
The Board of Directors of the Miss America Organization made the announcement Saturday saying Haskell was done effective immediately. The news came moments after COO Josh Randle and chairman Lynn Weidner resigned.
All this might have been shocking and scandalous if the Miss America Pageant wasn’t such a dusty dinosaur of yore. Call her crazy but former Miss America Mallory Hagan, who called for the resignation of the board, suggests that there should be actual women in charge of the organization that nominally exists to support women. But we’ve known Miss America has been a wrong thing since forever. Don’t get me wrong, I loved staying up late and to watch the pretty ladies parading around in sequin dresses, trailing gallons of taffeta, their lip in hairpieces bouncing along the runway as they proceed to spin plates or play Flight of the Bumble Bee on wine classes full of colored water. But it’s a relic we don’t need anymore. We have RuPaul now, thank you very much.
Since Dick Clark Productions has already bailed on the show, and no network has claimed it, it will be interesting to see if it can survive in a post #metoo world. Unless they pull a page from the Tyra Banks School of Television Stuntery and start allowing men, or older women, or women of all sizes, or older men of all sizes to complete it will probably implode, leaving nothing but a single charred and warped rhinestone in its wake.