Racial slurs thrown at Miss America 2014
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
Sunday, we watched 53 beautiful women competing for the crown of Miss America. We watched as a history making two Asian-American women pulled into the final two. It was a tasteful night of smiling contestants, dance and song numbers, traditional questions ranging between Miley Cyrus and Syria.
We saw a different Miss America for 2014. We saw a Miss America airing that truly presented the “boiling pot” the land of the free really is. And when it came down to it, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, won the crown of Miss America; the first Indian-American to win the pageant. However, racist comments and tweets began dominating the media -- quite instantaneously.
Personally, while watching Miss America, I was pulling for New York. Like Miss America should be, she was graceful with her abilities, answered her questions confidently, and executed an amazing Bollywood style dance for her talent. Hands down, Davuluri deserved it.
The comments that have been directed towards her on social media are embarrassing, such as, “9/11 was four days ago and she gets Miss America?,” “Miss America? More like Miss 7-11,” and some individuals even congratulated Al Qaeda for the win as if Davuluri was part of them. This next blogger, Angelina Bouc, who I firmly agree with, had some amazing points about all of the ignorant comments directed towards the new winner.
- Davuluri isn’t an Arab, even if she were is this necessary? No. (creating insults on a self-creation of hate shows a greater level of ignorance).
- Miss America was born in Syracuse. Not in India, Pakistan or Iraq. She is as American as any other natural born citizen on this soil.
- Never insult what you may need. Not only is she beautiful and can rock a bikini, Davuluri is looking to complete med school to become a physician. Her major? Brain behavior and cognitive science.
- Like most young women, she suffered with image issues including bulimia. Her story resounds with millions of young girls in America.
Turning a beauty contest into a reason to deliver nasty messages is crude, unAmerican and shows how negative self-hate can truly be. Ever the classy Miss America, Davuluri raises her chin past the comments and states she has and always will see herself as an American “foremost.”
Another blogger states how Nina responded to several of the comments stating she just “has to rise above it” and she has “always viewed herself as American”.
I would like to know how those tweeters define American. Because Davuluri was born on American soil and is certainly an American citizen. How else would she have competed in the Miss AMERICA pageant? How can America represent diversity when many don’t embrace it as it is given? I hope Nina continues with a celebratory attitude.