Univision, the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, has announced that it is ending its business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization. To kick-start the end of their relationship, they will not be airing the 2015 Miss USA pageant on July 12.
The Network’s decision to cut ties with the Miss Universe Organization is due to part owner, Donald Trump’s anti-immigration comments last week.
Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization along with Comcast’s NBCUniversal Division, gave a speech on Tuesday, June 16 announcing his presidential bid. During the widely criticized speech, Trump stated, “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
“It’s coming from more than Mexico,” The Celebrity Apprentice star went on to say. “It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably, probably, from the Middle East.”
Univision released a statement after Trump’s highly publicized comments, “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.”
Univision was not the first to dump Trump. Colombian singer, J. Balvin was set to perform at the Miss USA pageant before Trump made these comments. When the Latin American native heard the speech, he announced he would no longer be performing on July 12, “[Miss USA] was going to be my first performance on national [mainstream] television. But we are talking about our roots, our culture, our values. This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments weren’t just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general.”
In true Donald Trump fashion, the presidential candidate fired back at Univision, posting on Twitter, “Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico.”
Univision announced it will no longer be working with the Trump Organization, but will continue to provide coverage of all presidential candidates, which includes Donald Trump.