Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay, who has won the title hours before, has been slammed over a past record of initiating a series of racist tweets.
It was only Saturday night when Hay won the title in Las Vegas. However, her past use of racist words has brought her under trouble. The commentators have begun referring to the series of old tweets from her personal account where the winner initiated comments containing the N-word.
The Miss Universe Organization has released a new statement following the revelation of Hay’s involvement in racist tweets. “The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization,” the statement read.
“As Karlie stated, she was in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets and for which she sincerely apologizes. Karlie learned many lessons through those personal struggles that reshaped her life and values. We as an organization are committed to supporting her continued growth.”
With the criticism taking new heights, Hay took to social media to defend herself by putting forth her side of the story. She admitted that she had made a mistake in the past and she was not proud of the same. She said that the beauty contest taught her the value of sisterhood and she has turned into a new and a better 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…
— Karlie Hay (@MissTXTeenUSA) July 31, 2016
After the allegations and controversy, according to E Online, former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford tweeted her opinion on social media. “I can take the #missteenusa top 5 being an all white, all blonde top 5. What I can’t take is – why didn’t the winner clean up her page?” she tweeted.
“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!”