Controversy is swirling around the new Miss Teen USA.
18-year-old Karlie Hay of Texas was crowned the new Miss Teen USA Saturday night in Las Vegas. While this should be an exciting time for Hay and the Miss Teen USA organization, racially offensive tweets previously sent by Hay have been released.
In a string of tweets, Hay addressed her friends using the N-word.
“[W]hat are you talking about n*****,” Hay wrote in one tweet.
Director Xavier Burgin quickly called out Hay for these tweets.
“You can win Miss Teen USA, you can handle the extra (justified scrutiny) for your racist behavior,” he wrote in one tweet before writing in another, “And @MissTeenUSA needs to address this and revoke Karlie Hay’s win, or set the precedent racists are welcome to their event.”
Hay did admit she was “not proud of” these tweets, but she did not apologize for them.
“Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person,” Hay tweeted.
She added, “I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for…”
The Miss Universe organization, which owns Miss Teen USA, confirmed that they will not revoke Hay’s title and they would support “her continued growth.”
“The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of the Miss Universe Organization,” a statement from officials said.
Hay and those who defended her stated that these tweets were written in the past when she was a different person. However, in a world of the Black Lives Matter protests and where people are being killed for the color of their skin, this matter should not be taken so lightly.