Karlie Hay

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The Miss Teen USA 2016 pageant was held over the weekend, and Miss Texas Teen USA, Karlie Hay, was crowned the winner.  It wasn’t long into Hay’s reign that old tweets she had posted surfaced, showing her using the N-word multiple times.

Screen grabs of Hay’s tweets got passed around the internet, causing an uproar.  Many called for her crown to be taken away, but the Miss Universe Organization issued a statement saying they were “supporting her continued growth.”

Hay issued the following statement on Instagram:

Kamie Crawford, former Miss Teen USA 2010, tweeted her feelings about Hay’s surfaced tweets.

The Miss Teen USA 2016 pageant was under fire, before Hay’s tweets surfaced.  Twitter called out the pageant for its lack of diversity, after the top 5 was announced.

The outspoken as always Chrissy Teigen was quick to speak up on the matter via twitter.

What are your thoughts on The Miss Teen USA pageant?  Should Hay’s crown be taken away?  Sound off in the comments below, and read more on the story here and here.

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