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,
- 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.