The woman found best to represent the country in all things beauty, poise, and purpose, was decided on Sunday at the Miss America pageant. While the event had much of the same glitz, glamour, gowns, and tears as all the years before it, there was something very different about what’s become another politicized stage event.
Miss New York, 25-year-old Nia Franklin as crowned as Miss America 2019 and said after her huge win that she is “part of history.” After a nearly 100 year run, the Miss America pageant that Franklin won was the first to have eliminated the controversial swimsuit portion of the pageant. This decision was made after former Fox News anchor and 1989 Miss America winner, Gretchen Carlson, who is also the most outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement, was named the organization’s new chairman, according to the Washington Post.
While it’s true that Franklin made history at this particular pageant, her co-workers are calling her foul that she should have never been crowned as Miss New York to begin with before going on to compete for the Miss America title. The shock and upset could seem like jealousy to some, but outraged fans are even going as far as to call her a “fraud” who doesn’t deserve the title.
The Daily Mail reports on the outrage and why angry fans claim the organization crowned the wrong woman:
It’s only been a few days since Nia Franklin traded her Miss New York crown for the coveted Miss America title, but there’s already some outrage about her big win.
After learning that the 25-year-old pageant winner is a native of North Carolina and only moved to the Big Apple last year, some New Yorkers are upset that she was allowed to represent the state in the beauty competition.
‘If you are subletting you don’t know the first thing about living in New York,’ Brooklyn hairstylist Jenna Pitocco told the New York Post. ‘If you have only been here for like five minutes, you don’t know s***.’
Twitter user Marcia Lorraine posted: ‘Is Nia Franklin from New York or Winston cause I’m confused….’
A North Carolina radio host didn’t seem fazed that Franklin was representing the Big Apple.
‘Dear New York, you’re welcome. Nia Franklin technically belongs to North Carolina, so we’ll just take credit for molding the new #MissAmerica,’ Ramona Holloway tweeted.
Franklin was born in Winston-Salem and remained in North Carolina through college. She relocated to Brooklyn after receiving the Kenan Fellowship for New York’s Lincoln Center.
She won the Miss New York 2018 title in January.
During the Miss America competition on Sunday, Franklin was quick to show her support for the Big Apple, saying: ‘I have New York grit. As a New Yorker, I understand what it means to work hard’.
The beauty queen reiterated those sentiments during an interview on Monday with the Post. While Franklin understands why some people may be upset she’s not a native New Yorker, the classically trained opera singer said she’s proud to represent the state.
‘Even though I wasn’t born in New York, I feel like I’ve always had grit. Moving to New York right after receiving my master’s degree really solidified the grit that I have,’ she said.
‘People always say the first year in New York is the hardest. I celebrated my (first) anniversary June 26 and I’m really proud of that.’
Franklin moved to Brooklyn in June 2017 and went on to win Miss Five Boroughs before becoming Miss New York.
According to Miss America’s residency rules, contestants must reside, work or attend school in a state for at least six months before they can represent it.
Mallory Hagan, an Alabama native who won Miss America 2013 as Miss New York, said the lax residency rules are designed to help young women who want to expand their horizons and isn’t necessarily about growing up in the state the competitor represents.
‘The rules about residency and work requirements are meant specifically for young women who may go out of state for college or move for a job,’ she said.
Judith Ann Graham, who was Miss New York in 1972, said Franklin rose to the occasion to represent New York in the competition.
‘New York is edgier – and we have the best of pretty much everybody. But it’s not every Miss New York that can step into those shoes. Nia happens to be one of them,’ she said.
Franklin is not the first transplant to represent her new state and since it’s actually within the rules to do so, it sounds like maybe natives proud of their state and roots just don’t feel that she’s earned the right to call herself a real New Yorker yet.
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B-List Actors Alyssa Milano & Rosie O’Donnell Head Trump ‘Impeachment Task Force’
You would think this is hilarious satire..but it’s not. Has-been actors truly believe that America looks to them for political advice. I know..I can’t stop laughing.
This is how insane and delusional the left is. Remember how they told us to accept the 2008 election results and just deal with it? Here we are…and they still can’t handle that Trump is President. They stay on twitter for hours..ranting, whining and lying about the President. The left should never ever allowed in power. Let these lunatics be a reminder to you when you go to vote in 2020.
Dear Hollywood has-beens, Americans don’t give a flying crap about what you have to say. You ain’t going to impeach the President. He’s not going anywhere. For the sake of America..go away. Don’t lecture the people about politics. No one looks to you for what’s going on in our country.
Just wait until Trump wins 2020…..
Via The Daily Wire:
If you’re worried about the current state of democracy, fear not: Alyssa Milano, Rosie O’Donnell, and their rich anti-Trump friends are here to save America … by working to remove the duly elected president from office.
Feel better now?
According to a Newsweek report, a group called The Democratic Coalition has created a star-studded “Impeachment Task Force” (seriously) “seeking to hold Trump ‘accountable for his betrayal of America.’”
The task force is “designed to lead rapid response to Trump during the impeachment inquiry,” according to The Democratic Coalition co-founder and Twitter #Resistance king Scott Dworkin.
We are now 33% towards our goal for the #ImpeachmentTaskForce! Help us get over the finish line so we can focus on the real work—and not fundraising. You can help out by donating, tweeting out the link and telling others to tweet out the link as well. Thx! https://t.co/dVCUJYq9tg
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 4, 2019
In addition to Milano and O’Donnell, the group has landed actors Ron Perlman, George Takei, Debra Messing, and Tom Arnold to use their “massive social media following to protect House Democrats in the front lines of the impeachment inquiry on Trump.”
“The task force launched a fundraising effort and basic plan on Thursday. The group has already started meeting and is set to go live with its website next week,” Newsweek reported.
Dworkin pointed to “Trump’s propaganda machine” as motivation in the creation of his elite task force.
“Trump’s propaganda machine is going to be in overdrive for the foreseeable future, so we need to be fighting every day, in every way,” he said.
“For now, impeachment is the only way to hold him accountable for his betrayal of America,” the task force’s chairman Jon Cooper added.
Dworkin is extremely optimistic that his ragtag group of celebs “will without a doubt, absolutely, overpower Trump’s propaganda machine.”
As you might recall, during the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had scores of celebrities come out to support her publicly — such as Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, LeBron James, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Jon Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, Amy Schumer, and many, many others. As you might also recall, Hillary lost the 2016 election.
But it’s different this time. Or something.
“We’ve been one of the key groups fighting his propaganda machine for three and a half years,” Dworkin bragged. “We’ve learned a lot. And it’s kind of led us to this moment.”
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WATCH: Photo Of College Student Praying Over Deputy In Restaurant Goes VIRAL
In today’s highly charged political climate, it’s always nice to have something in the news that isn’t negative. Last weekend, we got some rare, good news for a change.
A sheriff’s deputy & his wife were dining at a restaurant in east-central Florida when they were approached by a young man who asked if he could pray for the officer.
The encounter left the deputy’s wife in tears, and the rest of us cheering.
The Tampa Bay Times reported:
“For all of the venom and vitriol that fill our social media feeds, there are feel-good stories, too.
A reminder came this past weekend, when the wife of a Florida deputy shared a photo on Facebook describing an encounter at a Zaxby’s restaurant in DeLand in which a young man approached her husband, Cameron, and offered to pray over him for his protection.
“Tonight was a night that I will never forget. This picture is a reminder of God’s constant love and perfect timing. Tonight we had an amazing encounter with an incredible young man named Juan. He came up to Cameron and asked is he could pray over him and his protection. After crying my eyes out we got to have an amazing conversation with this gentleman. He was on FIRE for God and you could feel His presence in the room. He said that he had felt compelled to talk to us and to pray over Cameron, Justine Tucker wrote.”
Tonight was a night that I will never forget. This picture is a reminder of God’s constant love and perfect timing….
“The man, Juan O’Neal, is a student at Stetson University, according to his Facebook page.
As of Wednesday morning, the post had more than 42,000 reactions, 4,900 comments and 21,000 shares.
The post especially connected with Facebook users thirsting for positive news about people in their community.
“This is one of the main reasons why I stay connected to FB,” responded Reginald D. Alston. “There is love, kindness, compassion, respect, and general sense of caring among most people that seems to take a backseat to negativity and chaos all too often.”
“With everything that is wrong in America today, thank you for sharing this,” wrote Emily Broome Garrison. “It’s proof there’s still so much that is right!”
“People need these stories,” echoed Rachelle Bman.
Said Max Ludwig, “It’s great to wake up and see a beautiful post like this.”
“This gave me goosebumps!” wrote Monica Diaz.
Wondered Robert Cuccio, “Why are there not more stories of wonderful people like Juan?”
Tucker posted a segment from the local Fox station that covered the interaction.
Posted by Justine Tucker on Friday, September 27, 2019
WTVM9 reported of O’Neal:
“O’Neal says he never intended for the photo to go viral. In fact, he didn’t intend for a photo to be taken at all.
He says that he simply wanted to pray over Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Tucker.
“He grew up you know, dad is a [retired] police officer, a [retired] detective with the Columbus Police Department. So he knows some of the struggles, some of the things his dad had to go through,” said Juan’s mother Leisa O’Neal. “So for him to see another officer, he had an instant connection I’m sure, so it’s no big deal. I’m sure he was compelled to pray for him for everything that is going on in the world and the community so I think it was something he felt like he needed to do.”
“I just did what I felt like God was telling me to do,” said Juan O’Neal.
Juan is a senior at Stetson University in Florida. His mother says he is planning on commissioning into the U.S. Army in May.”
While all around us we seem to be bombarded with negativity, it’s great to see some of the next generation who haven’t forgotten what’s important in this life.
Hats off to O’Neal, and may he be successful in his endeavors.
Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for RWN.
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