Here's what's happening with that whole Miss Universe fiasco
If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s that people spewing hate are getting the short shrift these days. Such is the case with Donald Trump, who recently made his completely backwards views on immigrants abundantly clear when he announced his bid for the presidency, by saying that Mexican immigrants, “have lots of problems.” He added, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
Unfortunately (for him), Trump made this announcement just weeks before the July 12 premiere of the Miss USA pageant, an enterprise in which he is part-owner. Retribution for his statement has been swift with Latin singer J Balvin pulling out of the show and Mexico threatening to withdraw their candidate from the upcoming Miss Universe pageant. But the biggest blow by far has come from Spanish language channel Univision, where executives announced that they will not be broadcasting the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants — breaking a recently-inked $13.5 million, five-year contract in the process.
In an official statement, the company said, “At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
For his part, “The Donald” is not taking the news in stride:
Ehhhhh, doesn’t quite seem like Trump gets it.
Others within the umbrella of the Miss Universe pageant also aired concern. Miss USA co-host Roselyn Sanchez said in a statement: “I was very excited and proud to have been invited to participate in Miss USA, but as a Latina, that is now inconceivable. Although I am not Mexican, I am Puerto Rican and a proud Latina, and his comments were an insult to our culture. I won’t sponsor anything produced by Donald Trump.”
Trump’s team says they will be pursuing legal action as Univision has broken a contract. In short, they’re suing. His team told Reuters that, “the lawsuit is going to be for hundreds of millions of dollars.”
While Univision won’t be airing the Miss USA pageant, NBC still will. NBC, however, is also trying to distance themselves from Trump. The network issued a statement saying, “Donald Trump’s opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration.”
We’ll see how this all plays out, but we’re so happy to see that people are totally done with taking prejudice lying down.
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