Miss Teen USA Will Not Be Losing Crown For Past Racist Language

On July 30, Miss Teen USA crowned Karlie Hay from Texas as their newest winner. As expected, she definitely cried when she received the win. But other people were not so thrilled with Hay’s newly-placed crown. Those displeased with her recent win have said they don’t believe that someone who has repeatedly used racist language in the past should be a representative for teen girls.

Hay found herself dragged on social media after people found a Twitter account in her name with several posts that use the N-word. Although she was not necessarily attempting to insult or degrade anyone with the posts, appropriation of the word and its casual use is still an act of racism. However, despite the use of the offensive word, Hay will still be able to keep her crown and title.

Karlie Hay racist

Karlie Hay racist

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This Miss Universe Organization issued a statement on Saturday, stating that they will stand behind Hay despite her actions. They do criticize her language, indicating that they don’t reflect the values of the organization. However, they also acknowledge Hay’s apology as sincere and “are committed to supporting her continued growth.” On Hay’s part, she took to Instagram a few hours after receiving the crown to express her regret for her past actions:

 

While Hay rightfully holds herself accountable in her post, it’s only a part of a bigger issue in this year’s Miss Teen USA. Many have noticed and commented on the complete lack of diversity among the finalists for the competition. All of the girls in the Top 5 had blonde hair, blue eyes and white skin, each one looking very similar to the next. Twitter took to disdainfully calling out the Miss Teen USA pageant for its whitewashed representation. Even Chrissy Teigen posted about it:

https://twitter.com/Lisagreenwood20/status/759786725681934338?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The lack of diversity, combined with Hay’s prior use of racist language, have not put Miss Teen USA in a favorable light. In a year filled with racial tension and politics, every little thing counts. Hopefully, the organization will take a leaf out of its own book and support its own continued growth too.

 

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