The Miss Teen USA pageant was held Saturday night, which ultimately crowned Karlie Hay of Texas as the nation’s teen queen.
Like most pageants, the 2016 Miss Teen USA was met with some controversy and peeved opinions from viewers. Now let’s observe why viewers were a bit perturbed with this year’s results.
The judge panel consisted of five women, including former Miss Teen USA Hilary Cruz and WWE superstar Eva Marie. But the whitewashed top five wasn’t the only controversy stalking this year’s Miss Teen USA pageant: Not long after Hay received the crown on Saturday night, Twitter users uncovered tweets from 2013 and 2014, in which she profusely uses “nigger”.
Today, the newly crowned Miss Teen USA apologized for her past use of the N-word via her Twitter, in which she says “due to a number of personal struggles, I was in a place that is not representative of who I am now.”
The Miss Universe Organization has since recanted those tweets, but said their new queen will retain her crown, despite the backlash.
“The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization,” reads a statement from Miss Universe, which runs Miss Teen USA.
The organization backed Hay’s apology, saying, “Karlie learned may lessons through those personal struggles that reshaped her life and values. We as an organization are committed to supporting her continued growth.”
This situation seems all too familiar. A persons’ status becomes elevated and then old tweets doused with racial slurs are exposed. In the current racial climate of this nation, the decision to allow Hays to retain the title of Miss Teen USA is definitely not a smart one, especially with Deshauna Barber, who currently holds the crown of Miss USA. Imagine if some sexually suggestive photos of Barber were revealed. I’m sure the United States Army Reserve lieutenant would be harshly ridiculed and snatched of her title. Just another example of the prevalence of white privilege in America.
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