Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez suspended after anti-Muslim tweets
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Noelle Velez speaks at the Tuesday Night Preliminaries - 2016 Miss America Competition at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 8, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/

Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez had to hang up her tiara after a string of anti-Muslim tweets prompted by director Michael Moore’s “We Are All Muslim” protests.

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

 

“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,” a statement from the organization read. “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 America Organization does not agree with and does not in any way condone or support the recent statements of...

Posted by Miss America Organization on Saturday, December 19, 2015

 

 The Miss America Organization does not agree with and does not in any way condone or support the recent statements of Miss Puerto Rico. MAO is actively working with the Miss Puerto Organization to resolve the issue.

Velez issued this apology:

“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. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words.”

Moore launched a one-man protest effort outside Donald Trump’s iconic property last week.

“That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims,” Moore wrote in an open letter to Trump. “Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys.”


 
 
 
 
By Lena Sullivan 12/21/2015 06:56:00

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