The Miss USA contest is down a performer, major business partner AND both hosts…and it’s all because of Donald Trump! Here’s the scoop on everyone who has decided to cut ties with the pageant following Donald’s offensive comments about Mexicans in his presidential campaign speech.
Donald Trump, 69, might want to hire a few more proofreaders before giving his next campaign speech! The politician made some outrageous statements in his announcement to run for president, and it’s now causing some problems for the Miss USA organization, which he co-owns. Find out why Donald has caused recording artist, J Balvin, hosts Roselyn Sanchez and Christian De La Fuente and Spanish/American broadcasting network, Univision, to pull out of partnering with the upcoming show.
“It was going to be my first performance on national [mainstream] television,” Balvin admitted to Billboard. “But we’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values. This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments weren’t just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general. Mexico is a Latin powerhouse. And Mexicans, they’re known as hard workers. Here in the U.S., not everybody wants to do those kids of jobs. I’ve lived. I know what it feels like and what they go through and how families suffer. A comment like that is powerful.”
J actually didn’t hear about Donald’s speech right away, since he was in Colombia at the time, but once he did, he just couldn’t bring himself to stick with the show. In case you forgot, Donald made the anti-Mexican remarks on June 16, in the middle of a lengthy speech in which he announced his decision to run for president.
“When do we meet Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically,” Donald said. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming, probably — probably — from the Middle East.”
The comments, naturally, were shocking to Balvin. “I think music is to have fun. It’s for people to have a good time with,” the singer continued. “I’m no savior and I’m no Robin Hood. But in this case, I feel totally comfortable and responsible with my decision.”
And he isn’t the only one who’s reeling. On June 24, Univision announced that it would be ending its partnership with Miss Universe, based on the part-owner’s comments. “At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country,” the Communications organization said in a statement. “We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
After Balvin and Univision announced their decisions, the show’s hosts also came forward and revealed they would be dropping out. “As a LATINA and proud of my roots, culture and everything we have contributed to this nation, I have decided to cancel my participation as co-host of Miss USA,” Roselyn wrote on Instagram. “I don’t tolerate the disrespectful and hurtful words that came out of Mr. Trump’s mouth.”
Christian made his own statement, via a video on Facebook. “Mr. Trump, as a Latino, I cannot work in an event associated with your name,” he said. “The statements made against Mexicans, against immigrants, show that you are an ignorant. It is unacceptable for you to launch a presidential campaign based on hatred and discrimination when calling Mexicans drug traffickers and racists. It’s a shame that such an important institution as Miss USA is now in the hands of a clown.”
Flo Rida, Natalie La Rose and Craig Wayne Boyd are all still expected to perform at the Miss USA contest, which airs July 12. Meanwhile, Balvin will still get a chance to breakout in national mainstream television: He’s performing at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics on ESPN July 25.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of all of these decisions to drop out of the pageant?