Anti-Muslim rant: Miss Puerto Rico
Published: December 21, 2015
Anti-Muslim rant: Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez has been indefinitely suspended by the official Miss America Organization after sending a series of offensive anti-Muslim messages on Twitter.
Velez, 20, launched an anti-Muslim tirade at filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday after he shared a photo of himself outside of Trump Tower in New York City with a sign reading: ‘We are all Muslim.’
Moore’s photo was in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US, which inspired the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim on social media.
The former beauty queen sent a number of tweets directed to Moore including one that said Muslims have ‘terrorizing agendas,’ according to a grab of the tweets obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The brunette beauty wrote: ‘Muslims use our constitution (sic) to terrorize USA & plant gas stations.’
Another tweet that Velez directed to the filmmaker said: ‘All what Muslims have done is provided oil & terrorize this country & many others.’
She added: ‘There’s NO comparison between Jews, Christians & Muslims. Jews nor Christians have terrorizing agendas in their sacred books.’
Her tweets sparked a furious backlash online, with many Twitter users calling her a bully with the hashtag #nonosrepresentas, which translates from Spanish to ‘you don’t represent us.’
The Miss Puerto Rico Organization released a statement Saturday saying that she had been suspended indefinitely.
‘In regards to Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Velez’s, recent actions and conduct; the Miss Puerto Rico Organization feels that her words do not represent the integrity and esteem of our program, nor that of our board members, our sponsors and partners, or the National Organization,’ it said in the statement posted to its official Facebook page.
‘Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely.
‘The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization.
‘The Miss Puerto Rico Organization apologizes for the distress that Miss Velez’s actions and conduct may have caused.’
Velez, who placed outside the top 15 in September’s Miss America 2016 competition that was won by Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, also issued a statement through the organization apologizing.
‘I apologize to the people I have offended with my words. I am first and foremost an#UpStander and as such I stand up against bullying,’ Velez said.
‘The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words.’
It appears as though Velez has shut down her social media accounts, including her Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr pages.
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