Miss Universe Organization strikes back and responds to Monnan

(RTTNews) – The wave of controversy continues to rise between the Miss Universe Organization and former Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin, 26, following Sunday night’s live telecast of the Miss USA pageant. Monnin did not make the highly coveted final Top 16 on June 3rd, and has since released a statement via her Facebook account claiming the pageant was rigged.

She resigned her current state title as Miss Pennsylvania USA to support her accusation.

“It’s a case of sour grapes to the nth degree,” Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization, told RTTNews on Tuesday. “I think it’s because she didn’t make the Top 16, and it doesn’t surprise me. If you could have seen her behavior here, you’d understand.”

The Miss Universe also said in an email that Monnin had resigned over issues surrounding allowing transgender contestants to compete in the global pageant organization. To support MUO’s claim, they provided a copy of an email to RTTNews sent by Monnin to Randy Sanders, the Director of the Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant on June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am:

“I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012. 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.”

The resignation email sent by Monnin stands entirely in contrast to what her Facebook post claims, which is – the pageant is rigged. In her Facebook post on June 5, Monnin states:

“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. That is all I know about this. If this contestant would like to step forward as an eye witness and as being the one who saw the sheet with the Top 5 already selected before the judges ever saw the Top 16, then perhaps action can be taken. As for me, I believe her words and I will not encourage anyone to compete in a system that in my opinion and from what I witnessed is dishonest.”

When asked about the mysterious contestant claimed to see a sheet with a pre-selected Top 5, Shugart said the private contestant would be happy to go public if needed. “It’s ludicrous, she changed her story. Anyone can check with our judges or our accountants Ernst & Young [for results],” Shugart said to RTTNews.

Former Miss USA titleholders such as Rima Fikh and Shauntay Hinton have voiced their disappointment in Monnin via their own twitter accounts. While some are saying the former titleholders should be more poised about their backlash, Shugart stated, “I respect that they said something.”

The Miss Universe Organization, including real estate tycoon Donald Trump, have “a say” as to who goes into the Top 16, but not the final outcome. “It’s something we take very seriously,” Shugart told RTTNews.

Overall, the attention surrounding Monnin’s decision to resign may have overshadowed the winner’s attention as Olivia Culpo, 20, left the stage on Sunday night touting the nation’s most highly coveted crown for women ages 18-26.

To the notion of attention and Monnin’s recent resignation, the Miss Universe Organization has released the following statement:

“The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania titleholder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant. In an email to state pageant organizers, she cited the Miss Universe Organizations’ 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 form Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win.”

Stay posted as the story develops.

32 thoughts on “Miss Universe Organization strikes back and responds to Monnan

  1. Leila won last year because the Brazilian Government was determine to have a Portuguese winner.
    Portugal was in the semi-finals and Brazil and Angola in the top 5.
    Leila I understood but definitely not Brazil, but I guess she was the security in case Leila screwed up.
    Rumor had it that the MUO had very little control after the tickets went on sale.
    Wasn’t it odd that you couldn’t purchase tickets on the Miss Universe website as in all the previous years.

  2. If I am Monnin, if the last name to be called was not her then she should go to the center stage and take her spot so that there will be no noise at all and no problem it was her on the stage and not the unfortunate who was called.

  3. I think all pageants should reveal scores with the judges’ names next to each one…not total average scores but each individual one. Only then will we know that it may not be rigged. It is still not a guarantee though since some of the judges could be friends with the organizer and instructed to score accordingly. So it is hard to really be 100% sure if each pageant is truly transparent or honest. As long as they give a deserving enough winner, I am okay. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – cannot please everyone.

  4. I think all pageants should reveal scores with the judges’ names next to each one…not total average scores but each individual one. Only then will we know that it may not be rigged.

  5. Something’s suspicious since the MUO stopped showing the judges’ scores.

    • I agree ! That’s a factor that they can’t deny that the contest was rigged unless they reveal it to the public .

  6. If she’s telling the truth , why won’t she openly say who was the “mysterious contestant” who saw the list of the top 5 before the final telecast started ? And the judges would have voiced out if they themselves thought the top 5 was rigged if example they scored Ohio super low yet she made the top 5 , wouldn’t it be weird , and won’t they ; just like sheena , accuse MUO of rigging the contest ? It’s contradicting here . In my opinion MUO SHOULD reveal the scores for swimsuit , evening gown & the final question . It would be better if they reveal the preliminary scores for each contestant . If they don’t reveal it , no ones’s gonna 100% believe them or sheena monnin .

  7. All I can say is that, I will still watch the Miss Universe and enjoy the excitement of the pageant. I consider those accusation as just “he said, she said” “sour graping” and “heard it through the grapevine”.

    For those who already set their minds believing that MUO is “fixed/rigged”… the solution is simple… don’t support the organization by not watching it.

    But I bet you, you will watch it still, right? And if your favorite wins, you may change your mind and watch the pageant again and again on youtube. And you will be the first to say “MUO is not fixed”.

  8. In an interview today, Trump said that he wouldn’t have chosen Sheena to be in the top 16 and thought that was very trashy of him to say that and he’s objectifying and demeaning women by saying Sheena doesn’t belong in the top 16 based on her looks alone. Very disgusting behaviour on Trump’s part and getting very disappointed with the MUO.

  9. I was leaning towards supporting Sheena but not after learning that one of her main issues was the inclusion of transgendered contestants. That says more about her and her bigotry than anything else. But in support of her, there does seem to be some very obvious signs of corruption at the MUO. Just look at how Trump was seated next to the former Miss Ukraine 2004 who he wanted to win Miss Universe that year. When she didn’t make the cut, he changed the rules to the MUO picking 5 semi-finalists the very next year and then the former Miss Ukraine is a judge at the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant? That was an overt example of corruption and who knows what other things we don’t know about? I would’ve liked that Paula Shugart have more class than to call Sheena’s case a case of sour grapes and implying that she knew that Sheena wouldn’t have made the cut (subtly saying that Sheena wasn’t attractive enough).

  10. I think it’s strange that if the Top 5 was rigged in advance of Sunday night, they just happened to pre-select the Top 5 who were the contestants who really did do the best job in swimsuit and evening gown on Sunday. However, I think the fault here ultimately rests with Trump and the organization for selecting 5/6 of the semifinalists and giving the pageant the air of suspicion. Finally, I just want to say that I thought the final question should have been, “Do you think Donald Trump is an idiot for being a birther and still questioning where our President was born?”. Just sayin’ :).

  11. Okay, I can’t stand Donald Trump either… but you people who agree with Monnin must be smoking something if you think she is telling the truth. First of all, the contestant that Monnin said told her about the Top 5 denied she ever said such a thing to Monnin. So if Monnin lied about that, then she lied about everything else. Duh! Second, like MUO said, they do select 6 out of the Top 16 (plus the public selects the 16th) and then the celebrity judge panel decides who goes on from there. Third, most of the celebrity judges will not agree to someone telling them who to choose. Fourth, Ernst & Young verifies the votes and makes sure no fraud is happening. Finally, Monnin is a sad sad sad human being. She is just pissed that she did not get into the semis after years and years of competing in her state pageant. She is a sore loser. She deleted all her comments in her Facebook Page because she knows she is going to get sued and lose.

  12. I don’t trus Mr Trump at all nor his organization, they have shown through the years that they choose whoever they think should be selected and not what the judges or some of the judges believe they are the ones. I was in Las Vegas for the final night of Miss USA 2012 and it was clear the surprise of many people when Miss Rhode Island won leaving behind the top favorites such as Ohio, Texas,Nevada,Alabama,Oklahoma and Georgia.Miss Culpo is a smart pretty girl but can’t be compared in pose, elegance, stage presence and beauty with a lot of the girls that will be compiting at the Miss Universe in December. I believe Sheena and I think the pageant was, like many past Miss USa and Miss Universe’s pageants under Trump, have been rigged.

  13. Someone did say a similar incident happened at the Miss Texas USA pageant where Sheena participated and didn’t win and there were charges of a final five list.

  14. Why did Trump lie on today’s morning talk shows, declaring that “My organization doesn’t care who makes the top 15…” Huh? Hasn’t the MUO publicly stated — even in USA/Universe telecasts — that the top 15 come from a combination of the preliminary-judges scores AND the MUO? So where’s your credibility now, Donald Trump? If the MUO publicly acknowledges tampering with one list, then they can easily “tamper all the way”! They can even ‘give’ the ‘Tweeter Question’ to who they want to see win.

    • Good point, Natalia! If the MUO doesn’t care about who makes the top 15, then why do they pick 5 of the 15 then? And let’s not forget how Trump changed this once his favorite Miss Ukraine didn’t make the cut in 2004?

  15. Yesterday I bashed Sheena Monnin, today I believe her. Donald Trump or Paula Shugard should not have a say in who the top 15 are. The late Harold Glasser, then President of Miss Universe org. never determine who the semi-finalist were.

    • Oh WilliamNYC, I usually agree with you — but not this time. This is not about Donald Trump (‘cuz he is easy to hate and I cannot stand the guy myself) but about Monnin lying. Just because MUO has a say who sic of the semifinalists will be does not invalidate the celebrity judges’ choice once the semis compete again onstage. Most of the celebrity judges will not allow fraud to take place since their names will be attached to the selection. Even if that was the case, Ernst & Young will not allow it since they are a respectable acounting firm. Even if Harold Glasser was alive today, Monnin will still accuse him of rigging the pageant if she did not make the semis. That’s the kind of person Monnin is.

      • I totally agree with you Lily. If that was the case where Donald Trump was the one who decides, then Leila Lopez would have not won Miss Universe this year because it has been said he does not like when a black woman wins because it is not profitable for the organization and he seems to lose monetary supporters when this happens. Just saying.

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  16. Can’t stand her. This year’s Ms. Prejean, Also- with her similar looks- she’s the new Anita Bryant-with her bigoted so-called “high morals”.

  17. I believe more in Sheena Monnin…

  18. I honestly do not believe that Miss Universe pageants are rigged but it is very fishy and not totally ethical in my books that the organization and Donald Trump are personally choosing 5 of the 16 semi-finalists. That doesn’t really seem fair.

    I miss the 1990s where all the preliminary scores were displayed and you could see how and why each contestant continued throughout the competition.

    • It is also unfortunate that there is different panel of judges for the preliminary and the final night since it basically wipes out the importance of the preliminary interview, which is a very important part of the competition and helps the judges really choose the best winner possible.

    • I have no problems with MUO choosing some of the semifinalists

      What is Miss World doing? Mrs. Morley is among the panel of judges in every fast track event and she is even among the judges in the final night. This is the same.

  19. The organization or Donald should NOT have “a say” at all as they are then expressing their choices and what’s the point then of having individual judges. be that as it may but over all having watched pageants for more than 20 years i am dissapointed with the top 5 even the top 10 and think some of the better girls were left out.But good luck Miss USA.

  20. I don’t wanna be mean but Monnin is a short bow-legged, unattractive and bulky lass who is 26, and old enough to find a life somewhere outside pageantry.

  21. alfred vazquez says:

    well i think she can try to join miss earth united states there is a big chance for her to get that crown and sent to bali indonesia for miss earth 2012

  22. Nice try, Paula, but we all know that MU has been rigged for years. Is it any coincidence that pretty much the girls always called to do special promos and affiliated with MUO always end up on top?
    It is just that someone actually had the courage to come out and call out this farce.
    MUO is nothing more than a joke and only some slightly deluded fans from three or four countries who support it trying desperately to convince themselves and the rest of the world that there is anything credible about this pageant any more.

    • Tmendez05248 says:

      Get a life and put yourself in their shoes. You could say all you want but until you know the truth which has apparently already been put out and investigations already been done, go back to your seat keep tryin cause you aint in no tip top shape to be in a pagent yourself to even know the true facts of how this organization runs.

  23. amist all this drama,, WHEN AND WHERE IS MISS UNIVERSE 2012 TAKING PLACE ?/!!

  24. Sheena is pathetic. Sore loser. I’m glad that MUO chose to reply and not keep mum about this. Somebody needs to put that woman in her place. I hope her 15 seconds of fame is over.

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