Ex-Miss America: Producer Removed Me From Seat Because I’m Black

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    Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap reacts after she won the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price)

    Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004, is demanding that the pageant organization apology to her after she claimed that a producer removed her from a prime seat at the competition last week because she is Black, TMZ reports.

    Though, the entertainment site adds that she was seating in a no-Miss America zone. Dunlap, the first African-American to win Miss Florida, told 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.’”

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    Citing the producer’s tone, Dunlap says that she refused to leave. “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.” Dunlap says that the producer called over an assistant producer who helped the first one physically remove her from the seat and relocated her. She doesn’t plan to sue but is demanding an apology.

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