Just hours after being named Miss Texas Teen USA, Karlie Hay came under fire after old racist tweets resurfaced online.
Back in 2013 and 2014, Hay used the N-word in a number of posts on social media. After winning the coveted title, the comments were dug up and reposted for the world to see.
“My n*gga my n*gga,” one tweet read. “I know I’m a comedian n*gger,” another tweet read. In one comment from July 2013, the newly crowned Miss Teen USA wrote, “@fox_abbey don’t threaten me I will wrap your house n*gger.”
In efforts to do some serious damage control, Hay posted an apology over the weekend on Instagram blaming the tweets on her past personal woes:
“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. I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person. I am honored to hold this title and I will use this platform to promote the values of The Miss Universe Organization, and my own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women.”
According to the organization, the Texas teen’s tweets were “unacceptable,” however, she will keep her crown. “As Karlie stated, she was in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets and for which she sincerely apologizes,” they said in a statement.” Karlie learned many lessons through those personal struggles that reshaped her life and values. We as an organization are committed to supporting her continued growth.”
Aside from the N-word controversy, the organization also came under fire for the lack of diversity in their top finalist. Chrissy Teigen tweeted:
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