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Maude Gorman, crowned Miss Massachusetts World in 2015, has resigned as Miss Plymouth County after a #MeToo joke at Miss Massachusetts goes awry. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Maude Gorman, who was crowned Miss Massachusetts World in 2015, resigned as Miss Plymouth County after another competition contestant made a #MeToo-themed joke during this month's Miss Massachusetts competition.

Gorman, 24, said she was gang raped when she was just 13 years old.

What was the joke?

According to the Observer, the final round of the Miss Massachusetts competition featured a competitor in a comedy skit lamenting the loss of the swimsuit competition segment in the Miss America pageants, seeming to blame its loss on the #MeToo movement.

A partial video of the skit features one of the pageant's competitors in a state of prayer on stage.

The competitor, apparently named Amy, says, "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."

"Me too, Amy," a person responded, who was dressed as God, and held up a #MeToo sign.

The segment received uproarious laughter after the punchline was delivered.

You can see the segment in the video below.

What did Gorman say about the skit?

In response to the skit, Gorman handed over her crown and spoke out against the remarks made at the competition.

According to the Observer, Gorman said, "You know I am a survivor of rape at the age of 13. I've been very public with my story. In 2015, I was Miss Massachusetts World and I shared my story for the first time with The Boston Herald, and I became a figure against sexual violence. And you know I'm in the middle of writing my resignation letter because I don't even really want to have a local title anymore after seeing something like that. Personally, I can't see myself being a part of the Miss America organization."

Gorman told CNN that she had to do something about it when she heard the remark from backstage.

"Nobody saw the skit because we were backstage, but we could all hear it," she said of herself and her fellow contestants. "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 [G]od. I cannot believe that just happened. Did that just really happen?'"

She also told CNN that because of the skit, she could no longer, in good conscience, remain Miss Plymouth County.

"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," she added. "I saw myself as a leader in the community and made appearances to speak out about sexual assault and tell my story."

What's more is that this experience appears to have ruined pageants for Gorman forever.

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

Gorman also shared a lengthy post on Instagram Friday, which read, "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,'" she explained. "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."

Anything else?

Last week, the Miss Massachusetts board of directors issued a statement on Facebook regarding the onstage incident.

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.
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