It’s well past time. Miss America’s ditching the swimsuit competition, starting in 2019, ending a decades-old tradition of parading young women around in what basically amounts to their underwear so that one of them could “win” the “honor” of traveling around the United States and smiling with a fake crown on her head. Gretchen Carlson, the Miss America board chairwoman and former Fox News journalist who was Miss America 1989 (and who opened up a wave of sexual harassment charges against Fox News head Roger Ailes with her 2016 lawsuit), announced the change earlier today on Good Morning America. “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” she said, while also promising that the competition will start to welcome more diverse “shapes and sizes.”
It sounds like the Miss America pageant is finally getting a makeover for the 21st century, one that’ll hopefully cut back a bit on the ample amount of lechery that’s always defined the thing. And of course such a notable change to an American institution has sparked much conversation today, including all kinds of chatter on that website known as Twitter. It’s our responsibility, as always, to bring you the funniest, wittiest, pithiest, most clever and plain old hilarious tweets about any and all major national dialogues, so, uh, here’s this. Yep. Some tweets, again. About this thing with the swimsuits and stuff. Here’s to 2018!