Miss Teen USA gets race complaints when top 5 are all white, all blonde – but real anger comes over winner

The new Miss Teen USA had just stepped into her new title when social media backlash erupted over racially offensive tweets she had posted.

Karlie Hay, 18, of Tomball, Texas was crowned at the pageant in Las Vegas on Saturday and it didn’t take long for social media users to dig up tweets, allegedly from Hay’s account, containing the N-word.

The tweets appear to be from 2013 and early 2014.

Soon, Twitter users were posting criticism of Hay and the pageant, calling into question the choice of Hay as a role model for young women.

Director Xavier Burgin called on pageant directors to revoke Hay’s win.

Former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford joined the critics, asking why Hay had not prepared better by cleaning up her social media account before competing.

Within hours, Hay responded on Twitter, citing “personal struggles” but not formally apologizing for the controversial tweets.

Despite the controversy, the Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss Teen USA pageant, issued a statement that defended Hay, formerly Miss Texas Teen USA.

The statement, obtained by KTRK-TV read:

“The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization. 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. 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.”

The pageant had also come under fire for its lack of diversity in its contestants.

Amid all the backlash over Hay’s tweets, some social media users came to her defense.

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Frieda Powers

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