Destiny Velez, the current Miss Puerto Rico has been suspended indefinitely by the Miss Puerto Rico organization over several anti-Muslim tweets she had addressed at filmmaker Michael Moore. The documentarian had launched an online campaign, in response to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US, asking for people to show their solidarity by posting photographs of themselves holding an “I am Muslim” sign. This caused her to tweet several messages expressing anti-Muslim sentiment, including “Muslims use our constitution to terrorize USA & plant gas stations,” “there’s NO comparison between Jews, Christians & Muslims. Jews nor Christians have terrorizing agendas in their sacred books, and “all what Muslims have done is provided oil & terrorize this country & many others!!!!!!” Those tweets have since then been removed.
The organizers of the beauty pageant were quick to distance themselves from the comments, releasing a statement saying 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,” and announcing she had been suspended indefinitely. Velez herself also issued an apology, saying: “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.”
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