According to Gawker, it all started when the gossip site received an anonymous tip with a link to a pornographic video that supposedly featured Miss King (do I need to tell you this link is NSFW?). There was a bit of back and forth, and pageant officials subsequently confirmed to various outlets that King had given up her crown, although King maintains that it was “absolutely not” her in the video. Hmm.
The video, which I watched so you don’t have to, features a freshly legal girl who looks a lot like King, says she does pageants, and has a March birthday, just like King does. She starts out by answering questions about her hott, barely legal teen sex life, then has several minutes of on camera sex with a man whose face is never shown before participating in the standard “money shot,” which she says is her favorite part of the experience. She says she decided to do the video for the crazy reason that she “needed the money.”
A foster kid from age 12-18, King has spoken in the past of her difficult childhood and has “given back” by volunteering for various charitable organizations, including ones that work with foster children. As of right now, she seems to be keeping her head up, retweeting various supportive statements from people and posting optimistic notes like this one:
“A year ago almost, I turned 18. I’m about to turn 19 and so much has changed for the better in my life in the past year… Nothing can bring me down:)”
Here is a class analysis of all this: Fuck Miss Teen USA and the bad toupee it rode in on. In what world should an underprivileged girl be penalized for choosing one (or rather, more than one, which seems to be the issue here) of a limited array of options presented to her by a patriarchal society? No one has any right to judge this girl who is not willing to fully fund her existence. And even then, it would seem a tad paternalistic. Isn’t it enough that the pageant’s part owner Donald Trump and his ilk use their money and influence to keep the majority of humanity in chains, without punishing them for the things they do to survive in those very same conditions? UNFAIR.
Here is a feminist analysis of all this: Fuck Miss Teen USA and its disgusting hypocrisy. They can dress it up as a “scholarship program” all they want, but at the end of the day, it might as well be called “May The Hottest Young Snatch Get To Go To College.” There’s a reason it has a bikini portion, and it’s not “confidence.” I mean, have you ever seen a fat girl win? Or anyone who is anything other than extremely conventionally attractive? To predicate a contest on a young woman’s fuckability, then act all shocked when that woman decides to use her fuckability to make some money doing actual porn, is the height of disingenuousness.
In conclusion: Melissa King seems like a bright young woman who will recover just fine from this scandal, and maybe come to a new understanding of some of the people who claim to “help” teen girls in the process. The Miss Teen USA pageant, on the other hand, is almost definitely going to hell when it dies.