Miss New York Nia Franklin might be a winner, but many on Twitter felt Sunday’s overhauled Miss America competition was not.
Chair Gretchen Carlson announced in June plans to drop the swimsuit portion of the program. “We are no longer a pageant; we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” Carlson told Amy Robach on “Good Morning America” at the time.
Sunday, we also saw the debut of the red carpet competition, which account for 20% of the contestants’ overall score. After walking a red carpet in the evening wear of their choice, the participants shared a short message with viewers, similar to how a celebrity might respond to a question on the carpet.
The segment was panned on Twitter.
“Red Carpet competition??? … I cannot get on board with this Miss America 2.0 thing,” a puzzled user tweeted.
“This ‘red carpet’ format is boring and not elegant at all,” shared another.
The segment seemed to anger another person. “Red carpet competition??? This is why Miss America will not be a thing in ten years. Is it called evening gown Gretchen,” she tweeted.
Some people also wanted more of reigning Miss USA Cara Mund, who claimed the organization’s leadership “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.” Carlson denied Mund’s claims.
“So we’re just going to ignore the fact no one has mentioned or seen the current #MissAmerica” a person posted.
“Been watching Miss America for almost an hour and a half and no sight of the ACTUAL MISS AMERICA?!” observed another.
The show as a whole also garnered several critics.
“Time to move to Miss America 3.0 because 2.0 is a trainwreck,” one person tweeted.
“Is it just me or does the MissAmerica (sic) competition seem a little off this year?” asked someone else.
Similarly, another person tweeted: “I never ever in my life thought I would ever be saying this, but I kind of want to turn this off. #MissAmerica just isn’t the same”
“What was so broken about #MissAmerica that all this nonsense needed to happen?” wondered another.
“Rt if you want Miss America to go back to the way it was,” directed another user.
“i cannot and will not support the miss america 2.0,” another posted.
“You guys can hate me but I HATE these new changes to #MissAmerica,” shared another critic.
But not everyone despised the made-over show.
“I don’t know why all of the upset about Miss America 2.0 was necessary,” one person tweeted in its defense. “Tonight’s shows made me feel proud to be a woman and confident to one day watch it with my future daughter.”
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