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Ex-Miss America

Producer Moved My Seat

Because I'm Black

1/17/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Miss America
2004 Ericka Dunlap is DEMANDING an apology from the beauty pageant organization -- claiming a racist producer moved her from a prime seat during the competition last weekend because she's black ... but the fact is, she was sitting in a no-Miss America zone.

Dunlap -- the first black woman to win Miss Florida in 2003 -- tells 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 says she refused to move because of the producer's tone, telling us, "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 an assistant producer eventually came over and helped the first producer physically remove her from her seat -- "I was mortified." Dunlap says she was eventually relocated.

Dunlap doesn't plan to sue, but says she's still waiting for the organization or the producer to apologize for the way she was treated.

A rep for the Miss America organization says Dunlap's story is nonsense -- telling us, "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."

The rep adds, "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."

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91.

ams165    

Get over yourself you hazbin. Slavery has been over for a 100 plus years. Go clean a white persons house....... Nugga...

458 days ago
92.

Wow ...    

It is truly unfortunate when people scream racism, when racism had nothing to do with the situation. Prejudiced people exist and racism is still alive - just look at the comments. But in this instance, don't pull the race card when you sit in the wrong seat and act like an entitled b!tch. It truly muddies the water for people who are genuinely been discriminated against.

458 days ago
93.

Pimpcessa    

Am I the only one who tends to tune out whenever the race card is pulled? I wonder if they know how tired this excuse has become to most people.

458 days ago
94.

JBnID    

Has this drama queen nothing else to do?

458 days ago
95.

JBnID    

WHO were the dead-beat judges that thought it was a good idea to name such a flaming $$hole Miss America? They should fined for bad judgment.

458 days ago
96.

Monroe    

REALLY! What an IDIOT! Quit pulling the racism card for every little thing that happens to black people. Blacks treat whites like we own them something, when slavery has been over for a LONG LONG time now and you never even knew those ancestors. It's "YOUR Africa" that sold yall to the white people so blame them. I'm white and I'm a nanny for an amazing black couple, but I do there laundry, dishes, clean house, and raise their kids! So, I'm mad at blacks now bc I'm your slave?!?! Just pathetic, so shut up Ericka! They made every color move out of that area!

458 days ago
97.

spritebubblegum1994    

She makes NO sense....she never truly explains how the guy is racist!!

458 days ago
98.

shel    

who cares; *rolls eyes, looks at computer and thinks of better things* like whats for lunch, and **** my boss is here...blah blah blah

458 days ago
99.

Kraken    

Another black abusing the race card. No shock here. I never take those claims seriously anymore.

458 days ago
100.

ticallion    

TMZ, please stop misrepresenting black people's views. She did not say her seat was moved because she's black.

You did the same thing with Spike Lee and Django unchained. Is lying about the other person's point of view the only way you can win an argument?

458 days ago
101.

Nun ja biz    

Oh please! Some not all but some blacks need to stop pullin the race card. Slavery ended soooo long ago, you are owed NOTHING!

458 days ago
102.

Reyna38    

It should be against the law for any black person to use "the racial card"... Shut the **** up already.. You get treated like this
Because you all can't still behave like humans....

458 days ago
103.

john    

HAHA When your talentless and cannot get any attention, pull the race card. D-Bag!

458 days ago
104.

sister278    

Here we go again....play the race card!!!!!

458 days ago
105.

Mayu    

This is proof just how racist black people are. To them EVERYTHING is a race issue even when it's not... which makes them racist. because THEY bring race into it. Oh yeah, it has to be because you're black. Couldn't be because you're an entitled little princess who thinks her sh!t don't stink

458 days ago
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