Miss Teen USA 2016, Karlie Hay of Texas, has been heavily criticised for using racial slur in her past tweets after being crowned Miss Teen USA on Saturday. Should organizers forfeit her crown after the N-word scandal?
The Miss Teen USA Organization issued a statement saying that they are still ?committed to supporting her continued growth,? after condemning her racist posts in the past.
?The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of the Miss Universe Organization,? the statement said as reported by CNN.
After being criticised all over social media for using racial slur in the past, she posted a statement on Instagram and Twitter, though there is no direct apology for her use of racial slur. She said, ?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,? she began. ?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.?
She concluded her statement with, ?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.?
Many people questioned Hay?s character and called out the pageant organizers to strip her of her title, but the Miss Universe Organization still stood by its latest winner.
Hay?s alleged racist posts surfaced when posts from 2013 and 2014 were screen grabbed from her personal Twitter account and shared all over social media.
The pageant has been criticized in the past over its lack of diversity. This year, the top 5 contestants were fair, blonde women.
Hay, 18, from Tomball Texas wishes for every child to ?grow up in a stable and loving home,? according her bio in the pageant?s website. It is indicated that her own experiences in her childhood engendered ?great empathy for children growing up in unstable environments and for the families of alcoholics.?
She hopes to study at the Texas A&M University and plans to become a businesswoman who will continue helping those affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Currently, she is a senior who consistently maintains her position on her school?s honor roll while participating in various extracurricular activities being varsity cheer captain, and yearbook editor and photographer as well.