It seems that anti-Muslim bigotry has also creeped into the Miss America pageant with the current Miss Puerto Rico being suspended after posting a series of anti-Muslim bigoted tweets. Posted by Destiny Velez, it prompted a printed apology by the Miss Puerto Rico Organisation, a copy of which is listed below.
The following response was then posted by the not-for-profit, Miss Puerto Rico Organisation:
“The Miss Puerto Rico Organization is a non-profit corporation that offers scholarship assistance and career opportunities to young women in Puerto Rico. As part of our unique identity, our program recognizes the elements of providing scholarships to young women; the traits of honesty, good character, talent, poise, intellect, leadership, and good judgment among today’s young women; and enables contestants to serve as role models to other young women with similar goals and characteristics.
In regards to Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Vélez’s recent actions and conduct, the Miss Puerto Rico Organization feels that her words do not represent the integrity and esteem of our program, nor that of our board members, our sponsors and partners, or the National Organization.
Miss Vélez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely. The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization.”
A personal apology was then issues by Ms Velez after she realised the impact it would have on her future:
“I apologize to the people I have offended with my words. I am first and foremost an ‘upstander’ and as such I stand up against bullying. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words.”