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Miss Washington Blames Seedy Friends

7/9/2008 9:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Miss Washington should know better -- everything shows up on the Internet!

In a press conference today in Tacoma, Wash., Elyse Umemoto said the photos posted earlier today on TMZ were "stolen electronically" by someone she trusted.

Miss Bad Apple claims the photos were shot over two years ago, while she was Miss Seattle. The Executive Director of the pageant tells us the matter has been referred to authorities for investigation, although when we talked to local cops, they had no idea what we were talking about.

Umemoto -- who gets to keep her crown -- will be on hand this Saturday night to crown her successor.

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46.

Rosanna    

Jesus didn't judge so.......WHO ARE YOU TO?

I love Elyse! I lived with her in college and can honestly say that she is a wonderful, kind, smart, and caring women. It's hard when your personal life becomes public. No one is perfect and she was having some silly fun in privacy.....or so she thought. Have some compassion for the women who has spent the last three years serving the community and volunteering her time to those in need.

2235 days ago
47.

POO    

And Miss America System titleholder looks like the backside of my nut sack

2235 days ago
48.

Media whores    

Yadda, yadda, yadda... another poster who knows the celeb "personally”. blah
Even if you DID know the girl personally, that wouldn't change the fact that she displayed who she truly is in the pictures.
I'm not judging the woman, but that is exactly what she did. That is what we ALL do. Pictures capture a moment of ourselves.
So don't depict the woman as a saint. Her "moments" do not portray that scenario.
Most people are going to assume that posing with another girl provocatively and using hand gestures to simulate oral sex on a female, might just indicate lesbian tendencies (like it or not).
And I'm betting Mother Theresa never flipped anybody the bird (what does that gesture say about a person??) Classy.
And how about the STRONG emphasis that is placed on alcohol? Sounds like a good girl so far!
Listen, I’m no saint myself… but it is what it is.
I’d be one disappointed daddy, if she were my daughter.


2235 days ago
49.

Hyde30    

Yeah, we're supposed to take the advice of some classy person who tells us to get the sticks out of our butts like #47 did. It figures that like would defend like. You're not doing her any favors.

I'm from Seattle and I'm totally disgusted. Where the Hell are people's values?? It's ok to party, it's ok to drink, it's not ok to be vulgar if you expect to be a role model as supposedly these pageant queens are. I'm beginning to doubt that, actually.

2235 days ago
50.

Media whores    

Oh please... not another poster claiming to know the celeb (or "LIVED" with her, in this case).
None-the-less.... "wonderful, kind, smart, and caring" people don't generally gesture with their middle finger, simulate lesbian sex with their hands and tongues, or (from the look of it) drink like a sailor on leave.
And this woman's ambition (for some sad reason) is to hold pageant titles.... therefore, serving the community and volunteering is part of the bargain...she has no choice.
And apparently.... she'd rather be partying!

2235 days ago
51.

Media whores    

Hey Rosanna... Take a cue from Elyse and leave the Good Lord out of this.
Because he sure wasn't in those pictures.

2235 days ago
52.

Twinker    

Too bad her mom was not Patsy Ramsey

2235 days ago
53.

jackschitt    

Yeah, it was her friends fault that she was giving the bird and making oral sex gestures! This dumb b*tch is only sorry that the public found out what a tramp she is!

2235 days ago
54.

Miss Understood    

As someone who as personally met Elyse, she is one of the nicest, funniest, and most genuine people on the planet. It is horrible to see people write such condescending things about her when they don't even know her. One small mistake, yes, and she's apologized and is ready to move on. So many other people in this world do so much worse, but they do nothing to take a stand and admit. They merely point out the same things to other people, merely because they're in a higher position of power and want to bring that person down.

So ragging on someone or an organization solves nothing, but the people of the organization and what they do afterward affects people everywhere. The Miss America program contributes very positively to young women across the country and gives them a chance to make a difference. Not everyone can be perfect, but there are much worse things than being a young adult and succombing to temptation on rare occasions.

Everyone makes mistakes.

2235 days ago
55.

People who know    

My My quick to criticize.. those who knew anything about these pageants would know that the crown shown in those photographs is not even the Miss Washington crown but rather a small time crown from years prior to the Miss Washington Pageant. Furthermore she is passing on her crown this weekend regardless and has spent a year representing her state flawlessly. While I will not argue that the photos were in poor taste, critics, know what you are talking about.. those photos are years old. On top of that, all the clowns who are so critical, keep in mind YOUR myspace, and facebook photos that have you guzzling down beers in your trailer parks, or acting like a big shot in your first trip to vegas with bottles of liquor in your hand. Look in the mirror and see what reality really is.. you are not qualified to criticize, and you have never in your lives felt the pressure of the media in your face 365 days out of the year. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone, muppets.

2235 days ago
56.

Somebody who knows    

My My quick to criticize.. those who knew anything about these pageants would know that the crown shown in those photographs is not even the Miss Washington crown but rather a small time crown from years prior to the Miss Washington Pageant. Furthermore she is passing on her crown this weekend regardless and has spent a year representing her state flawlessly. While I will not argue that the photos were in poor taste, critics, know what you are talking about.. those photos are years old. On top of that, all the clowns who are so critical, keep in mind YOUR myspace, and facebook photos that have you guzzling down beers in your trailer parks, or acting like a big shot in your first trip to vegas with bottles of liquor in your hand. Look in the mirror and see what reality really is.. you are not qualified to criticize, and you have never in your lives felt the pressure of the media in your face 365 days out of the year. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone, muppets.

2235 days ago
57.

Sean    

My My quick to criticize.. those who knew anything about these pageants would know that the crown shown in those photographs is not even the Miss Washington crown but rather a small time crown from years prior to the Miss Washington Pageant. Furthermore she is passing on her crown this weekend regardless and has spent a year representing her state flawlessly. While I will not argue that the photos were in poor taste, critics, know what you are talking about.. those photos are years old. On top of that, all the clowns who are so critical, keep in mind YOUR myspace, and facebook photos that have you guzzling down beers in your trailer parks, or acting like a big shot in your first trip to vegas with bottles of liquor in your hand. Look in the mirror and see what reality really is.. you are not qualified to criticize, and you have never in your lives felt the pressure of the media in your face 365 days out of the year. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone, muppets.

2235 days ago
58.

Rosanna    

Elyse is not a “Celeb” to me, she is a good friend. (And FYI we did cheer and room together while we attended Pacific Lutheran University) Look it up if you'd like. It's evident to me you don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not going to post anything else because this is really dumb. Just imagine if this happened to your friend. Would you still be this awful to them or support them?

P.S. Regarding the comment about her being a drunk or "drinking like a sailor"--so untrue.........those where specific and private instances of a b-day celebration at home and a evening at the Swiss & Ram.

2235 days ago
59.

Gw    

All these perfect people on aol commenting on everything........I didnt know there was so many perfect people in the world........That never makes mistakes......That never trusted someone and was taken......Oh i know......Not me....LOL.....Most couldnt even try to get close to perfection on anything even if you paid them........She's human like the rest of us........Has feelings, wants...etc. Just because shes a beauty queen doesnt make her perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Those pagents are just like a acting job......Thats it........They make these girls try to be perfect for one evening......I'm sure they are wore out just going through the process before the show.......lol.....They have a life to live and should be able to be themselves.....Granted......for One year with the crown....She has to be careful what she does....Because theres people all around her just dying to bring her down.......What a great world we live in.......HUH.

2235 days ago
60.

HARDY-HAR-HAR    

She obviously didn't break any LAWS ... but her behavior was unbecoming of someone holding that title. She should be a role model, and someone who has better judgement and is overall - better behaved.

2235 days ago
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