Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned the 2014 Miss America Sunday night (Sept. 15), making her the first woman of Indian descent to win the crown. The first runner-up was Miss California Crystal Lee, a woman of Chinese descent. Let the crazy racist backlash on Twitter commence!
First there were the contingent of people who were confused about how non-Caucasians could even be Americans and also confused that Indian = Muslim.
An Asian and an Indian?? I thought this was Miss America!?
— Brock May (@BrockMay21) September 16, 2013
We have an Asian and a Muslim competing for Miss America. #worldisending
— Kody Workman (@ImadoWorkman) September 16, 2013
Wtf? How could you expect to be Miss America if you’re a muslim or a chink
— Trevor Simpson (@tsimpson17) September 16, 2013
So a Muslim is representing New York and wanting to be miss AMERICA? That’s not ironic at all
— aaron scott (@abscott01) September 16, 2013
For the record, Davuluri isn’t a Muslim. Most Indian people aren’t. Most of them are Hindu. Those are two totally different religions.
Then there were the people mad about the “Arab” winning, which is a different mistake than the Muslim thing, but in the same family of mistakes. We also saw some 9/11 remarks, like somehow this is a slight to New York City and all those who died on that tragic day.
I am literarily soo mad right now a ARAB👳 won #MissAmerica
— Dallas Robinson (@DallasRobinson8) September 16, 2013
Then there were people who weren’t “confused” per se about where India is or what its people practice, but moreso just outright racists:
Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11.
— CHEEZ-IT (@JPLman95) September 16, 2013
We think our favorite were the few people we saw who thought they were on the side of good, but were also confused. Glass houses, friend:
Miss America is Muslim, I bet there are a bunch of pissed off rednecks now
— jonah (@JonahMoor) September 16, 2013
There was also a vocal contingent about how Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, the Army sergeant with a ribcage tattoo, is the “real” Miss America, summed up by Fox News commentator Todd Starnes:
Apparently the liberal Miss America Pageant judges weren’t ready for a patriotic, gun-toting, deer-hunting Miss America. Miss Kansas, a gun-toting, deer-hunting, military veteran was America’s choice – but not the liberal Miss America judges’ choice. The liberal Miss America judges won’t say this – but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values. Miss Politically Correct America.
But at least for every racist or ignorant tweet we saw, there were several more jumping on that person for being ignorant or racist. So, at least there’s that.