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04/19/2007


Miss Utah Marissa Powell Mocks Her Disastrous 'Miss USA' Response: VIDEO

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Miss Utah Marissa Powell made headlines this week by offering a painful response at the Miss USA pageant to a question from judge Nene Leakes about the income disparity between men and women. Consequently, more people probably recognize Powell than the pageant's winner, Erin Brady of Connecticut.

Last night Powell appeared on Jimmy Kimmel to mock herself over what happened.

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Miss Utah Offers Painful Answer at Last Night's 'Miss USA Pageant': VIDEO

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Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, was asked about the income disparity between men and women at the Miss USA pageant last night and instead of answering the question properly she created a viral video the likes of which hasn't been seen since Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton in 2007. Congratulations.

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In related news, Miss Connecticut Erin Brady was crowned the winner.

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Does One of These Men Have What it Takes to be the U.S. Ambassador for Gay? - VIDEO

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A forthcoming reality series follows a group of gay men vying to be represent the United States in the 'Mr. Gay World' competion and are tested for "hotness, strength, knowledge, leadership and much more."

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(via boy culture)

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A Pro-Gay Message from Honey Boo Boo: VIDEO

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From the TLC smash Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the reality show about mini pageant contestant Alana Thompson.

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Rich Juzwiak at Gawker has a longer clip of the segment, inspired by a visit from Honey Boo Boo's uncle, otherwise known as Uncle Poodle.

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Spain's Miguel Ortiz is 'Mr. Gay Europe': VIDEOS

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Mr. Gay Europe was crowned in Rome over the weekend and the contestant from Spain won for the third year in a row, the organization reports:

Miguel couldn’t show his face on stage without the audience cheering him on. Miguel’s win wasn’t all about his looks, he had to prove that he was an all around worthy winner of the title Mr Gay Europe 2012. But it was a tough fight to get to the top. He was up against Steve Grech from Malta, and host country favorite, Nicholas Menna as the top three candidates.

Not afraid to show his emotions, Miguel shed a few tears when he was handed the sash and the crown; yet again wowing his audience. Loved by everyone who meets him, we welcome Miguel Ortiz as the 7th Mr Gay Europe.

Mr Gay Europe 2012 consisted of 11 different challenges, amongst them an interview with the judges, a photo-session, swimwear competition, and a written test, amongst other things.

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Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin Quits, Citing Rigged Pageant, Policy on Transgender Contestants: VIDEO

The reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin quit the organization this week over its acceptance of transgender contestants but then changed her excuse to charge the pageant with being rigged, E! Online reports:

MonninIn a transcript of the email said to be from Mommim and provided by the Miss Universe Organization, the 27-year-old from Cranberry, Penn., wrote that she refused 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."

Monnin claims on Facebook that she saw a list with the top 5 contestants before the pageant.

The Miss USA Pageant released a statement:

"The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania title holder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant," the pageant purveyor said in a statement to E! News.

"In an email to state pageant organizers, she cited the Miss Universe Organization's policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation. Today she has changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed, however the contestant she privately sourced as her reference has vehemently refuted her most recent claim. We are disappointed that she would attempt to steal the spotlight from Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win."

On the Today Show, Donald Trump attacked Monnin and said he would sue her.

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UPDATE: GLAAD and the National Center for Transgender Equality have responded to Monnin's resignation.

Said Mara Keisling, President of National Center for Transgender Equality: "As a trans person and a Pennsylvanian, I'm disappointed that the now former Miss Pennsylvania feels such bigotry toward trans people. She says she is upset about a lack of honesty and fair play in the contest, but the real lack of honesty may be her unwillingness to publicly express her apparent transphobia. There is also a real need for allowing honestly by trans women who are being their true selves.”
 
Said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick: “Sheena Monnin apparently decided to quit, rather than be aligned with an organization that treats all women as women. As more and more Americans get to know transgender people in their communities, in the workplace, and through the media, they are discovering the humanity that society has refused to acknowledge for so long. Monnin is out of touch with fair-minded Americans who believe that trans men and women are worthy of the same dignity, respect, and opportunity as all other men and women."

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