Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap is demanding an apology from the pageant organization because she alleges that a producer moved her from a prime seat during the competition last weekend because she’s Black, reports TMZ.
“I was sitting there on the aisle, and during the first commercial break during top 15 announcement, a producer came up to me and said, ‘Get out of that seat. I need the seat. I don’t give a f**k who you are. Get out of the f**king seat,” Dunlap, who the first black woman to win Miss Florida in 2003 told TMZ.
Dunlap says she didn’t move because of the producer’s tone.
“I was spoken to as if I didn’t matter. If I were any other Miss America, I would have never been spoken to like that. But I’m the only black one who comes back.”
An assistant producer eventually came over and helped the first producer physically remove her from her seat.
“I was mortified,” Dunlap said.
She ended up changing seats but she plans to sue and expects an apology from the organization or the producer for the way she was treated.
A rep for the Miss America organization refutes Dunlap’s story.
“During the night of the telecast, Ericka was unhappy with her seat, and she chose to move to a camera blocked seat that was reserved for the parents of our contestants,” said the rep who added, “At the top of the show, the stage manager asked her to move to seat the contestant’s parents, and she refused to move. She subsequently was offered a better seat, however she refused it. It was strictly a television production issue.”