The Miss America pageant is supposed to be a celebration of beauty, talent, and patriotism, but it took a turn for the ugly after New York’s Nina Davuluri was crowned the winner.
Twitter exploded with comments labeling Davuluri as a foreigner, Arab, and terrorist, simply because she is of Indian-American descent.
“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?” tweeted @LukeBrasili, who has since deleted his account.
“So miss america is a terrorist,” Nick Pizzo added.
The 24-year-old was born in Syracuse, New York and grew up in both Oklahoma and Michigan, but that didn’t stop social media from unfairly overshadowing her win.
Davuluri, who is the first woman of Indian heritage to win the Miss America title, brushed off the racist remarks during an interview with the AP:
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
“I have to rise above that,” Davuluri added. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”