There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned pageant scandal to start the week off right.
Karlie Hay, formerly Miss Texas Teen USA, was upgraded to Miss Teen USA at Saturday night’s event. While accepting her tiara, Hay appeared to have just walked out of a Disney movie, donning a glittery yellow gown à la Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Also like a Disney movie, Hay appeared to be a little bit racist, as people unearthed inappropriate tweets of hers from 2013.
Twitter-aholics did some digging into Hay’s account and found multiple tweets in which she used the n-word. The tweets brought embarrassment upon Hay, as well as The Miss Universe Organization, prompting official statements from both.
“Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person,” Hay tweeted early yesterday morning in response to the backlash. It remains unclear what personal struggles caused her to use the n-word, though she asserts she is a “better person” today.
The Miss Teen USA organizers released a statement to the NY Daily News, renouncing Hay’s use of the n-word and reinforcing the notion that she was “in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets.”
The *scandale* only caused more frustration at the competition due to the serious lack of diversity among its contestants. Almost all of them were blonde and white, like Hay, as you can see in the following picture.
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Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person. I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person. I am honored to hold this title and I will use this platform to promote the values of The Miss Universe Organization, and my own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women.
Kamie Crawford, former Miss Teen USA, went on a tweeting spree after Hay’s tweets surfaced. “If u win any pageant – first things first. Clean up ur page. Cus if ur under 21 u shouldn’t b drinking&if ur WHITE the n word ain’t yo word!” she tweeted.
In conclusion, tweet with caution because Twitter is a cesspool for receipts. It’s only a matter of time before someone pulls them on you.