Miss Teen USA To Keep Crown Amidst Racial Slur Controversy

The Miss Universe Organization is in more hot water after old tweets from the reigning Miss Teen USA, Karlie Hay, were unearthed after she was crowned with the title on July 30. It appears that the 18-year-old Texan used the n-word more than a few times in tweets, primarily sent out in 2013 and 2014.

While many social media users found the tweets troubling, the Miss Universe Organization, which oversees the Miss Teen USA Pageant, allowed Hay to keep the crown after gently condemning the tweets in a statement.

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“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.”

As for Hay, she tweeted her disappointment in herself for using the word, but she says today, she is a “better person” through her service, hard work and education. 

The competition also faced scrutiny by the Twittersphere when the top five beauty queens were announced, and all of them were blue-eyed and blonde-haired. Chrissy Teigen pointed out the lack of diversity in a tweet.

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