Former Fox News host and the 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson is accused of bullying, among other things, the current Miss America Cara Mund. Carlson currently serves as the pageant chairwoman for the board of directors, but many say she’s not interested in the pageant and only out to capitalize on her status as a leader of the #MeToo movement.
In a six page letter to other Miss Americas, Mund states that that Carlson is marginalizing, bullying and trying to silence her for speaking out against the current Miss America leadership.
Mund wrote in her letter that she was given three talking points to be made in every appearance: “Miss America is relevant. The #MeToo movement started with a Miss America, Gretchen Carlson. Gretchen Carlson went to Stanford. Right away, the new leadership delivered an important message: There will be only one Miss America at a time, and she isn’t me.”
From the Hollywood Reporter:
“Let me be blunt: I strongly believe that my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future,” Mund wrote. “Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis. After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.”
Carlson responded in a statement that was posted on her Twitter account.
In that statement, Carlson said this:
“Actions have consequences,” Carlson wrote, addressing herself directly to Mund. “Friday, as an organization, we learned that $75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter.”
“The impact won’t stop there,” Carlson continued. “We are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown.”
Several other former Miss Americas went on Megyn Kelly Today and say Carlson should resign.
The irony in all this is that Gretchen Carlson views herself as a leader of the #MeToo movement after being one of the first women to accuse FOX CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
She’s also working with Lifetime Television, hosting a series called “Justice for Women” which focuses “on Carlson’s efforts to tackle workplace sexual harassment, which the network praised for serving ‘as a catalyst for so many other women to say #MeToo.'”
If Carlson is indeed bullying and silencing other women, it’s pretty hypocritical of her to continue to claim she’s a champion for victims.
Interesting how many of the women accusers in the #MeToo movement are now becoming the accused.