Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent; racist tweets flow

September 16th, 2013 by Staff

(CNN) — No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet.

“If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” said one.

“WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!” screamed another.

Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she’s the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.

But the tweets that followed the 2014 pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night didn’t focus on how it’s the second consecutive year that a Miss New York has taken the crown, or about the judge’s questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus and Syria).

They were about Davuluri’s heritage.

“Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must’ve made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote,” vented one person.

Not that it bears pointing out, but Davuluri’s not a Muslim — and the president didn’t have a vote.

The 24-year-old Davuluri, who’s from Syracuse, competed on a platform of “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” For the talent portion, she performed a classical Indian dance fused with Bollywood moves.


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