New York - Miss Puerto Rico 2015 Destiny Vélez was suspended by the Miss America Organization after she engaged in a controversial rant on Twitter where she lashed out at filmmaker Michael Moore and called all Muslims “terrorists.”
New York – Miss Puerto Rico 2015 Destiny Vélez was suspended by the Miss America Organization after she engaged in a controversial rant on Twitter where she lashed out at filmmaker Michael Moore and called all Muslims “terrorists.”
The 20-year-old beauty queen who was eliminated from Miss America 2016, will no longer represent Puerto Rico after she was suspended from her duties.
Puerto Ricans were appalled by her remarks. They created hashtags to address her offenses, such as #nonosrepresentas (you don’t represent us), #bochornoboricua (Puerto Rican hame), and #verguenzaajena (embarrassment).
Vélez demonstrated her anti-Muslim sentiments on Thursday saying that she was “offended” that Moore stood up in support of a group of people whom she considers “terrorists, dangerous to America and good for nothing.”
The now former Miss Puerto Rico did not agree with the liberal activist’s defense of Muslims when he stood outside the Trump Tower in Manhattan holding a sign that read “We Are All Muslim.”
Destiny addressed her series of Islamophobic tweets to Michael Moore’s Twitter account (@MMFlint).
Among the offensive remarks she said about Muslims were: “all they do is build their mosques, feel offended by American values and terrorize innocent Americans and plant gas stations” as well as “kill people and destroy artifacts.”
“If we are all the same then Muslims need to take off their napkins off of their heads cuz I feel offended by it,” she said on Thursday referring to Muslim women who wear hijabs.
The Miss Puerto Rico Organization responded to Destiny’s behavior through statement she published on its official Facebook page.
“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,” the statement 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 statement continued.
“The Miss Puerto Rico Organization apologizes for the distress that Miss Velez’s actions and conduct may have caused,” it added.
Their twitter account also released a post allegedly sent by Destiny in which she apologized for her behavior.
“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,” Velez said according to the organization.
“’The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words,” her alleged statement continued.