Ethics Observations On The Political Punishment Of Kathy Zhu

20-year-old Miss Michigan Kathy Zhu was stripped of her title because she tweeted against the mandatory wearing of hajibs, and the about the problem of black-on-black violence.

MWA Michigan State Director Laurie DeJack announced the measure, writing Zhu,

“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content, and in violation of MWA’s Rules and Conditions, specifically the contestant requirement of ‘being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation. Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA. Furthermore, let this communication serve as official notice to remove any mention of yourself as a participant in MWA from all social media platforms (including photographs of you wearing the MWA Michigan sash and/or crown, and any text claiming to be a participant of MWA events).”

What were the messages that led the organization to conclude that Zhu exhibited bad character that  brought “disrepute” on the pageant group? Last year, Zhu tweeted critically  about a “Try a hijab” booth on campus, writing “So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?” Later, Zhu tweeted, “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”

Zhu is refusing to apologize, and has gone on offense, writing back in part,

Good for her.


  • Every time I have to endure the blabbermouth, giggling, ex-woman’s softball star’s inane observations on ESPN’s Sunday MLB broadcast, I am reminded of the same practical principle Zhu’s  ordeal demonstrates. Tweeting opinions on politics or social matters when the source of your fame is unrelated to either is just plain foolish, not to mention egotistical. Red Sox legend Curt Schilling lost his job to the softball player because he couldn’t restrain himself from authoring anti-Islam and anti-Hillary tweets. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Similarly, who cares what a beauty queen thinks about black crime and Islam?

All she can do is alienate and divide people, and a beauty contest doesn’t need that. Of course the organization is annoyed.

  • However, the terms used by the director in the notice to Zhu are excessive, and now become part of the cultural and political virtual censorship conservatives are being subjected to, making it an act of courage—and perhaps career suicide—to express an opinion that rubs the progressive collective the wrong way. If progressives feel free to spew any opinions they please without consequences, but conservative see those they agree with being publicly punished for non-conforming opinions, this creates a serious threat to public discourse, free speech, and democracy.

Then there is always the very real possibility that what the organization really objects to is that Zhu has been a vocal and visible Trump supporter. That, the Left’s narrative dictates, proves that she has a flawed character.

  • The headline at International Business Times: “Miss Michigan Stripped Of Title Over Racist Social Media Posts.”

How are those racist posts? Apparently the news media is adopting the Left’s position that statistics and facts that reflect poorly on minority communities cannot be communicated, commented upon or mentioned without crossing the line into racism.

  • I agree that “Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others,” is excessively blunt (Trump-like, even!) and unnecessarily inflammatory.

Does it justify taking her tiara away, though? I’m inclined toward thinking it does. There’s an “Opinionated Beauty Queen Principle” at work here. The answer to Kathy’s question is, unfortunately for her, “I love world peace” is about as controversial as a beauty queen’s opinions can be.



15 thoughts on “Ethics Observations On The Political Punishment Of Kathy Zhu

  1. If “Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others” is unnecessarily blunt, what about
    “You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”? Much kinder and gentler. Both quotes are too kind, however. What is more to the truth of the matter is “stop blaming others for problems of your own doing”.

    • Megan Rapinoe’s opinions were supported by our media elites.

      On the other hand, Jaelene Hinkle, considered to be one of the best defenders has been conspicuously absent from the US Women’s National Team.

      It’s the same here. If Zhu were criticizing Trump, she’d have kept the tiara. If she’d supported BDS, she’d probably still have the tiara.

      But she voiced non-PC opinions. She pointed out inconvenient facts.

      And people wonder why Donald Trump was elected in 2016 and could very well win re-election in 2020…

  2. If this was a way to engineer a lawsuit, I do not respect the methods. Not sure there is a case, but outright bias on the part of the committee may get them in trouble, if others have tweeted about matters with a progressive viewpoint.

    Then again, the courts may be the only recourse left for conservatives who are being removed from public discourse.

  3. So what exactly is the purpose of the Miss Michigan pageant. Is this a beauty pageant where the contestants are judged on their general attractiveness in various costumes for others to gaze at or is it a scholarship pageant?

    A scholarship pageant would, I assume, would include an evaluation of issues first and attractiveness second. Seems to me her intellectual abilities would be the attributes the state officials want to showcase; unless the real goal is something else.

    She was selected among many others and if her comments are antithetical to management who simply want her to smile and look pretty, they have every right to take away the crown but they should be honest with contestants that the plan is to use them as eye candy for marketing efforts and not for her intellectual pursuits as she evaluates current events. Just say to them sit down, shut up, and look pretty. That’s why you were picked.

    I am shocked that no feminists have come to defend her honor when she had the courage to say what she believes.

      • These types of stories illustrate the utter mendacity of the promoters and viewers of these “scholarship” pageants. They are simply opportunities for young women to compete for scholarship money based on their physical attractiveness.
        Further it draws the audience from those that want to ogle nubile young ladies in swimsuits. I would not doubt for a minute that many who watch these who has the best T&A’s shows are the first to show their moral disgust at promoters that walk through their dressing rooms.

        I guess I am just getting tired of hipocracy from all quarters. I admit I like looking at the female form and when I was single I would have loved to have been the object of desire for such beautiful women such as some men are. But, I doubt if I would have been any happier than I have been for the last 29 years being married to one woman.

    • The whole beauty pageant thing is already regressive, so it is massively hypocritical to have a contest based on gowns and swimsuits and accomplishment and get mad when the brain has more going on than foggy pie in the sky. I will beieve it is more about talent and brains when the winners show off their patents and bestselling adventure novel. She could have been wiser about not tweeting on topics guaranteed to be a problem, but having that opinion does not take one bit away from the important part of looking good.

      I am assured though, that a younger woman is showing that misogyny should not be given a pass for one religion and mot others. She also has not caved to their pressure, even for the pretty bauble. She is in the target group that is expected to absorb the cant, become one with it, and make it so forever. If they cannot keep women like her, their cause cannot endure.

      A celeb putting their foot in their mouth is nothing new, they have before and they will again. That’s part of life. I’m just surprised a progressive is bothering with gowns and swimsuits when there are protests to have about objectifying women and making sure ALL woman are free to speak about abusive men limiting their choices about hairstyles and being free of violence in their home and neighborhood. Aren’t those women’s issues anymore?

  4. I’m pretty sure most black deaths are still by natural causes. Yes, the murder rate for black men in particular is much higher than the average, but not THAT much higher.

  5. Removing people from positions for factually correct opinions they put on personal social media accounts is policy from the wrong side of the iron curtain. I’d have some sympathies if she were incorrect, but she clearly isn’t. Offended peoples, therefore, suffer from delusions, and the rest of us have no responsibility to tiptoe around lest we rupture one. Rather, the insane should be institutionalized, forcibly.

    When do we start disregarding fair play and persecuting our political enemies by whatever legal or extralegal means we can get away with? It’s hard to win wars when the other side is shooting all the bullets.

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