Nina Davuluri was crowned as the first Indian American winner of the 2014 Miss America pageant on Sunday. Nina, 24, is the first Indian-American to win the coveted title of Miss America, making it two wins for the city of New York in a row. Davuluri, however, failed to please a lot of people who took to social media platforms like Twitter, abusing the new winner with racist comments.
The native of Syracuse, New York, Nina said she was pleased to see that the organization had celebrated and embraced diversity. The same however can’t be said for a lot of people who are posting hateful messages and remarks, saying she didn’t deserve to win because of her Indian heritage.
While there were some who labeled her as Arab and made insane connections to the anniversary of September 11 attacks, others went as far as establishing ties between Davuluri and al-Qaeda.
Though many of the reactionary tweets have been taken down by their writers, we managed to grab screen shots.
A lot of Americans wanted Theresa Vail, an army sergeant to win the Miss America 2014 title. Vail, who was believed to have been the first Miss America contestant to show off tattoos on her body won the “America’s Choice” title to advance as a semi-finalist but couldn’t make it to the Top 10.
The sad thing is, Miss Kansas didn't make it because America isn't ready to crown someone who represents AMERICA. #MissAmerica— Aly Walansky (@alywalansky) September 16, 2013
Despite intense criticism, Nina Davuluri said that the comments didn’t bother her at all because she thought of herself as an American no matter what.
“I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American,” she said.
What do you have to say about the new Miss America? Do you agree with people who think she shouldn’t have won?
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