After being crowned Miss Plymouth County 2018 earlier this year, Maude Gorman became one of the contestants in the Miss Massachusetts pageant. Winning would have earned her a spot in Miss America 2019.

But according to the Observer, during the Miss Massachusetts pageant, two performers cracked a #MeToo joke that didn't sit well with Gorman.

The joke started with a female comedienne kneeling on stage and a male comedian dressed as God standing next to her:

“Miss America did away with the swimsuit competition. We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It's very upsetting and I'm trying to understand, God, why it happened.” The man dressed as God then replied. “Me too, Amy.”

Gorman told CNN that she was off stage when the joke was made.

Gorman was gang raped when she was 13 years old; that the joke didn't land well with her. She told CNN she was shocked at first:

“Nobody saw the skit because we were backstage, but we could all hear it. I instantly knew I had to do something. It was going to eat away at me if I didn't... we were all shocked. We said, 'Oh my god. I cannot believe that just happened. Did that just really happen?'”

As a result of the off color joke, late last week Gorman took to Instagram to renounce her title as Miss Plymouth County.

 

Today, I officially resigned from the title of Miss Plymouth County 2018. While I’m grateful for the opportunities that @missamerica creates for young women, I am also internally conflicted; as the #metoo movement was mocked on stage during the final competition of Miss Massachusetts. As both a survivor, and advocate for victims rights and sexual violence on a whole, I refuse to stand idly by and simply “let this go”. Instead, I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out; and for every person who felt liberated by the #metoo movement. I will not allow ANYONE to take away that empowerment and liberation, or make it anything less than what it is: AMAZING. #metoo #missplymouthcounty #nomore #rainn #surviveandthrive

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She wrote:

Today, I officially resigned from the title of Miss Plymouth County 2018. While I’m grateful for the opportunities that @missamerica creates for young women, I am also internally conflicted; as the #MeToo movement was mocked on stage during the final competition of Miss Massachusetts.

As both a survivor, and advocate for victims rights and sexual violence on a whole, I refuse to stand idly by and simply “let this go." Instead, I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out; and for every person who felt liberated by the #MeToo movement. I will not allow ANYONE to take away that empowerment and liberation, or make it anything less than what it is: AMAZING.

Gorman is much more than just a beauty queen, she is also a member of the United States Coast Guard, an advocate, a humanitarian, and member of the United States Skyrunning Team. 

Gorman told CNN that she is done with pageants for good:

"I wasn't comfortable staying as Miss Plymouth County. It went against everything I have worked hard for. I was Miss Massachusetts World in 2015. I saw myself as a leader in the community and made appearances to speak out about sexual assault and tell my story. [...]

I am done with pageants. I don't see myself competing again. I am happy with leaving the pageant world behind me."

Following her resignation, the official Facebook page for Miss Massachusetts issued an apology for the joke:

The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday night’s skit. The skit was not in the script and was not authorized by the board. Moving forward, we will review all content with future emcees and other participants prior to our show to be sure offensive or potentially offensive content is not allowed. We are proud of our contestants and even prouder to be part of an organization that celebrates what makes all of them truly extraordinary. 

Gorman said she hopes to continue being an advocate to sexual assault victims, but will no longer being using the pageant community to help her do so.

She also aspires to one day start a college tour in order to spread awareness about sexual assault.