Transphobic Miss USA Contestant Ordered To Pay $5 Million For Defamation

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Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin first caught the attention of the Douche of the Week judges when she quit the Miss USA pageant in July, claiming its sister pageant, Miss Universe, was “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy” for allowing a trans woman, Jenna Talackova, to compete in Canada.

The pageant organization (owned by the very trashy Donald Trump) let Monnin’s insults slide—until she also claimed Miss USA was rigged, and that another contestant had seen the names of the five finalists before the show started.

That’s when the Donald lawyered up and sued Monnin for defamation, claiming her allegation was inspired by malice.

This week, Miss USA won its suit against Monnin, who now has to pay $5 million in restitution:

The arbitrator, Theodore Katz, said Monnin had two motives: “She was a disgruntled contestant who failed to make it past the preliminary competition” and she objected to the pageant’s decision to allow transgender contestants. He wrote that the way the contest is judged “precludes any reasonable possibility that the judging was rigged.”

Monnin, of Cranberry, Pa., resigned her state title after the pageant. Her allegations on Facebook and NBC’s “Today” show cost the pageant a $5 million fee from a potential 2013 sponsor, Katz said.

It would have been nice if Jenna Talackova got to see some of that money. After all, Monnin was pretty insulting when she said the pageant “ removed itself from its foundational principles” by letting Jenna compete, adding that “this goes against ever (sic) moral fiber of my being.”

Maybe Sheena wouldn’t seem so hypocritical if those giant, unnatural torpedoes weren’t protruding from her chest.

All together now: What a douche!


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  • Thomas

    I thought $5M seemed unreasonably high until I saw that Donald Trump is involved. This makes the contestant the sympathetic party in this matter, unfortunately.

  • Cam

    Really she was sued because of defaming the pageant, but I still like anything that makes bigotry look expensive for these douches.

  • DannyA

    What’s her problem? Trans or not, they both have fake boobs. That’s an even enough playing field. It’s not like she’s curing cancer.

  • valentino

    The contestant will never have my respect, she is an uneducated imbecile .Beauty comes
    from within and she would have lost the contest for being so trashy, I’ve seen trans girl much better looking than Sheena Monnin.

  • 2eo

    She looks like Groucho Marx.

  • Brian

    Can an organization sue for defamation? I don’t think so. Who has actually been defamed?

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