Mrs. America contestants Kimberly Phillips, Brandy Palacios, Crissy Timpson, and Jeri Ward, along with their attorney Gloria Allred, held a news conference and accused president and CEO of the pageant, David Marmel, of making offensive and racist remarks.
Phillips, Palacios, and Timpson, were present for the conversation in which Marmel made disparaging comments about African-Americans, while Ward overheard the conversation from a different table. The women say that Marmel launched into a lecture on how all black men are incarcerated for either killing each other or selling drugs. He also doled out the advice that black women need to stop having babies with multiple partners.
For his part, Marmel told NBC News:
An exchange of perspective is a good thing there was nothing subjective about the conversation, it was review of the total experience of the life of David Marmel.
Marmel went on to explain that he wasn’t racist, because he hired a black staff for the Black Achievement Awards and was once invited to dinner by the NAACP with the family of Martin Luther King. Jr. in order to be thanked for all he did for the black community,.
People on social media did not seemed surprised by Marmel’s actions.
But are we surprised? …no
— boo bitch (@AlyBrownXO) October 16, 2018
I'm not seeing how these can be taken out of context. I'll bet all those crying “not racist” didn't actually read the article?
— Alan J Fisher (@AlanJFisher0) October 16, 2018
Doesn't surprise me that groups whose business model is based on looks are racist also.
— MatthewOwenBrandenberg (@BrandenbergOwen) October 16, 2018
what do you expect from em pic.twitter.com/DFlceUqcaO
— ÷ (@marsmaIIow) October 16, 2018
These creepy men and their involvement in pageants is so gross. I applaud the contestants for speaking truth to power!
— U Betta Vote Nov 6! (@itisdayday) October 16, 2018
But you gotta know that this is a very conservative and misogynistic event. So I'm not surprised that their founders are using racist language as well.
— hard to make jokes (@JokesHard) October 16, 2018
You don’t lose until you apologize, this is what Trump’s America has told us.
— Zhaomemo (@zhaomemo) October 16, 2018
White privileged male with right wing white Eurocentric views gives sociological lesson to black people. What could possibly go wrong?
— Lonely Pint (@PintLonely) October 16, 2018
Perhaps Marmel needs to…
This Facebook user explains the whole “reverse racism” thing well: