The Miss World America pageant crowned a new winner of their Miss Indiana and Michigan competition this week, though the honors didn’t last for long. Kathy Zhu, a 20-year-old student at the University of Michigan, came away with the crown, setting her up for future competition at the national level. That barely lasted a day before the pageant organizers and told her to stand down from any promotion of her title as there were “issues” to deal with. The issues in question quickly became obvious. Zhu is a Trump-supporting Republican and we certainly can’t have someone like that on the stage, now can we? (Yahoo)
The Miss World America organization is under fire after stripping a President Donald Trump–supporting model of her Miss Michigan title over “racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive” tweets.
Kathy Zhu, 20, is a University of Michigan student who won the 2019 Miss Indiana and Michigan World America titles just days ago. However, her reign was cut short after organizers became aware of Zhu’s controversial social media posts.
Zhu took to Twitter to post screenshots of email and text exchanges with the state director of Miss World America (not to be confused with Miss Universe, formerly owned by Trump), Laurie DeJack, who said that the MWA organization came across Zhu’s account, where the beauty queen goes by “Political Kathy,” and felt that her content was in violation of the organization’s rules and conditions.
Yet again we see someone being tripped up by their Twitter history. Zhu is accused of posting “racist, Islamophobic and insensitive” comments. So what did she say that was so bad? Did she use the n-word or call for African-Americans to be lynched? Did she advocate burning down the mosques? Let’s take a look.
Someone called me an islamophobic for not wanting to put on a hijab.
Someone called me a racist because I recognize that black people kill more blacks than police do.
Good luck to those who are as gullible as this.
— Kathy Zhu (@PoliticalKathy) July 19, 2019
So her “Islamophobia” stems from the fact that she refused to don the traditional clothing of a religion that is not her own. Note that she’s not saying anyone else should be banned from wearing a headscarf. She simply chose not to do so herself.
As for the racism charge, she pointed out the statistically accurate fact that gang violence in many cities claims the lives of African-American residents at alarming rates, far in excess of the number of people killed by police. While the media generally loathes reporting on this topic, that fact doesn’t change the horrifying numbers in crime reports.
Sadly, that’s what passes for “racism and Islamophobia” these days. It’s really no different than the rest of the Isms and Phobias. While bigotry certainly still exists in this world, the goalposts have been moved so far and so often that they require training wheels.
If you don’t think some guy should be forced to “bake the cake” by the government, you’re a homophobe. If you point out that Kirsten Gillibrand used to be a conservative and flipflops on her political positions, it must be because she’s a woman and you’re a misogynist. If you bring up the established fact that human beings come in two genders, both of which are required for reproduction or the high suicide rate among post-transition patients, you obviously must hate transgender people and are “transphobic.” (That’s apparently a word now. I’ve lost track of how many times it’s been applied to me.)
As has been obvious for a while now, if you want to wade into the beauty pageant game, you need to be a liberal. Even that’s not good enough, really. You need to openly and vocally hate Donald Trump. Anything less is disqualifying. Unfortunately for the folks at Miss World America, they didn’t do a good enough job of vetting and quietly eliminating any conservatives from contention before putting them on stage. That left them in the embarrassing position of having to take the crown away and expose their own biases in the process.