|A Miss America-themed slot machine has been labeled “demeaning by the reigning pageant winner. The slot, which features Bert Parks singing “There She Is, Miss America” is due to make its casino debut at Harrah’s Atlantic City.|
The current Miss America, Katie Harman, says the use of Miss America’s likeness on a slot machine is demeaning, as do former winners Leanza Cornett and Marian Bergeron.
The 25-cent slot, developed by AC Coin & Slot and officially licensed by the Miss America Organization, does not depict any actual winners of the pageant, but features a bonus round in which reels line up – head, torso and feet – to form the image of a Miss America winner.
Topped with a red velvet pillow and a version of the Miss America crown, the machine plays a recording of Parks the longtime host of the pageant - singing the theme song. It also features a woman's voice giving Miss America trivia questions and answers.
“The challenge was to make a game with class and finesse, because Miss America is an icon,” said designer Jerry Seelig, executive vice president of AC Coin & Slot.
“What little girl didn't grow up wanting to be Miss America? Well now she's our average gambler,’ said Seelig.
Acting Miss America Organization CEO George Bauer would not go into details of the revenues from the license, but said that the pageant would receive “millions of dollars” in revenue from the machines over the next four years.