We can't even have a beauty pageant without racism rearing its ugly head.
All of the top 5 contestants of the recent Miss Teen USA pageant were white and blonde (and looked pretty much the same), but that’s not the only thing about the beauty pageant that got people’s criticism.
This year’s winner, 18-year-old Karlie Hay of Tomball, Texas, has been called out for a series of racial slurs on her Twitter account. The posts were from 2013 and 2014, and shows Hay casually using the N-word pretty often.
When Hay was announced as this year’s winner, people took to social media to call out the teen, who is now supposed to be a role model for young women across American, for her racist attitude.
A Twitter user who goes by the handle @XLNB was the first person to share the screenshot of Hay’s racist tweet, and said: "You can win Miss Teen USA, you can handle the extra (justified scrutiny) for your racist behavior." He later posted: “And @MissTeenUSA needs to address this and revoke Karlie Hay's win, or set the precedent racists are welcome to their event.”
He later wrote: “Here are a few excuses that we will hear: That was three years ago, ppl change!, so you can say N***er but we can't?, She's a child!”
But this is America. A mugshot from two decades ago for a black man is relevant, but calling someone n*gger two years ago is a mistake.— X (@XLNB) August 1, 2016
This was followed by a tweet from Kamie Crawford, a former Miss Teen USA.
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!— Kamie Crawford (@TheRealKamie) July 31, 2016
Soon, the internet was blowing up with tweets against Hay.
Karlie Hay won the title of Miss USA and also the title of a RACIST.— D. Va (@Crislex) August 1, 2016
Of course Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay is gonna keep her crown she's a perfect representation of America ignorant and racist ??— Eva (@thekidevelyn) August 1, 2016
In response, Hay posted some justifications for her racist behavior but failed to issue a proper apology.
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...— Karlie Hay (@RealMissTXteen) July 31, 2016
I am today a better person. I am honored to hold this title and I will use this platform to promote the values of...— Karlie Hay (@RealMissTXteen) July 31, 2016
The Miss Universe Organization, and my own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women.— Karlie Hay (@RealMissTXteen) July 31, 2016
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...— Karlie Hay (@RealMissTXteen) July 31, 2016
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...— Karlie Hay (@RealMissTXteen) July 31, 2016
Hopefully, Hay will prove true to her words and actually show that she has improved over the years, and turned into a better person.