The Miss World America organization has reportedly stripped Republican activist and pro-Trump beauty queen Kathy Zhu of her Miss Michigan crown over “insensitive” social media posts and refusing to wear a hijab.
Zhu, a 20-year-old Chinese immigrant and vice chair of the College Republicans at the University of Michigan, “was named as an Indiana and Michigan 2019 national finalist in her bid to make it to the Miss and Teen World America Preliminary and Finals, which will be held in Las Vegas in October,” Newsweek
However, when Miss World America organizers learned of Zhu’s alleged “offensive, insensitive, and inappropriate” social media posts, they stripped her of her title and requested she disaffiliate herself from Miss World America.
“Miss World America’s State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive,” Zhu wrote on Twitter. “They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets.”
The alleged “insensitive” social media post is a 2017 tweet in which Zhu contended “the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks.”
Zhu defended her claims on Friday.
Meanwhile, in response to Miss World America, Zhu said a Muslim woman attempted to “forcibly” place a hijab on her head during an encounter on her college campus last year.
“What’s ‘insensitive’ is that women in the Middle East are getting STONED TO DEATH for refusing to obey their husband’s orders to wear hijabs,” she wrote. “A Muslim woman tried to FORCIBLY put a hijab on my head without my permission. I tweeted about it on my social media, and it got the attention of the media. Almost everyone was supportive of me refusing to be put in that situation.”
What is Zhu saying now?
Despite the media attention around her story, Zhu said Friday that she would not take legal action against Miss World America.