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Miss PA — Gypped at Miss USA Pageant, or Sore Loser?

Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin resigned her crown and said Sunday's Miss USA contest was rigged. But earlier, she reportedly resigned because she disagreed with the Miss Universe organization over its policy on transgendered contestants.

As Cranston's own Olivia Culpo begins her whirlwind media tour , a former competitor, Sheena Monnin, is stealing some of the spotlight.

The former Miss Pennsylvania bailed on the Miss Universe organization this week, giving up her title and hurling an accusation in the process. She said the contest was rigged and she knows another competitor saw a list of the top five finalists before the competition even began.

Here's the thing: Monnin reportedly resigned at first because of a disagreement with the Miss Universe organization about its policy allowing transgendered contestants. The organization said today that Monnin changed her story and the accusation that the contest was rigged is false.

The same topic was raised during the pageant itself as the first question from a viewer ever asked to a contestant. It was sourced from Twitter.

In an interview with WPRO, Culpo brushed aside the allegations and said it sounded "strange" that Monnin reportedly changed her reason for resignation.

"It's a little iffy to me," she told WPRO.

Miss Universe Organization said that they are "disappointed that she would attempt to steal the spotlight from Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win."

"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 e-mail to state pageant organizers (below), she cited the Miss Universe Organization’s policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation," the organization said in a statement. "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."

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

Patch Reader June 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
FYI: 'Gypped' is an offensive word, it’s derived from Gypsy and it’s being used in the same context as a person might once have said they ‘jewed’ somebody if they did an underhand business transaction.”
Small Change June 08, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Good grief. Haven't we got better things to do than to become offended over nothing every time anyone says or does anything? I would have said 'Good Lord', but i didn't want to upset any students so deeply that they would no longer be able to attend school.
gertie June 08, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I couldn't help but LOVE the response from "Small Change" ! But seriously folks, isn't that the truth!!!! Good one, you made me laugh anyways. :)

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