Racist tweets flood as Indian origin Nina Davuluri gets crowned 'Miss America'
September 16, 2013 Bolly-Freak 9884 reads 134 comments
After conquering the realms of politics to business to sports, the growing influential Indian American community added a crown jewel to their glory with Nina Davuluri winning the Miss America title for the first time.
"I'm so proud to be the first Indian Miss America," the 24-year-old Miss New York and an aspiring physician told reporters Sunday night shortly after defeating 52 other contestants from all the 50 states, capital city of Washington, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
"We are making history right here as Asian-Americans. I'm so happy this organisation has celebrated diversity, and, on this stage tonight, there was so much diversity," said Davuluri after last year's winner, Mallory Hagan, another former Miss New York, crowned her successor.
Syracuse resident Davuluri, who was also the first Indian-American to serve as Miss New York, sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash that she intends to use to pursue her medical studies by showing off her talent with a "Classical Bollywood Fusion" dance.
The paegeant was televised live by ABC, which picked up the contest again in 2011 after dropping it in 2004 because of a steep ratings decline.
The judges were 2004 Miss America winner Deidre Downs Gunn, the New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, Lance Bass from the boy band 'N Sync, comedian Mario Cantone, violinist Joshua Bell and television chef Carla Hal
However, all this has not gone down well by some of the audience. Racist remarks are flooding Twitter, commenting on Davuluri's heritage and race. While some of the comments addressed her as an 'Arab', others went to the extent of terming her a 'terrorist'. Tweeters went berserk as they tweeted,
"How the f..does a foreigner win Miss Americal? She is a Arab"
"9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?"
"nice slap in the face to the people of 9-11 how pathetic"
While some of them think that one has to be "American" to be crowned the coveted title, others accused the judges of failing competitor Miss Kansas for representing American values.
However, Nina brushed off the negativity saying, "I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."
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