Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay Apologizes For N-Word Tweets On ‘GMA’ (VIDEO)
Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay apologized on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America” for tweeting the N-word several times back in 2013. Watch the controversial pageant winner’s full “GMA” interview below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Hay was caught in an N-word Twitter scandal shortly after being crowned Miss Teen USA Saturday night at The Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Just hours after she won, multiple now-deleted tweets were uncovered that showed her using the offensive word in old messages to friends. On Tuesday’s “GMA,” Hay expressed, “I am very sorry. It’s embarrassing. It’s something I’m ashamed of, and I’ve grown up from that 15-year-old girl who used that type of language.
Hay continued, “At that age, I was being a follower. I was trying to fit in with my friends. The word was thrown around in the music I listened to, with the friends I hung out with, and I had no guidance so it was kind of a careless mistake.” The remorseful beauty queen added, “When the tweet got brought back up I was just like kind of embarrassed, ashamed, and just amazed that I actually at one point in my life thought it was okay to use that word because it’s never okay.”
“I’ve grown from then, and I’ve blossomed into the person I am today,” she further said. “I think that I can turn this message into a positive message because there are people that use that word and it’s not acceptable ever.” The Miss Universe Organization decided Hay could keep her crown, despite some people calling for her title to be revoked. “I’ve learned that through every obstacle there’s something positive that can come out of it, and I can use my title to do great things,” Hay said about the decision. “Hopefully, people learn from my mistakes.”
Hay also said she’s trying to “stay positive” through all the controversy, adding, “It was an incredibly bad mistake.” Watch Miss Teen USA’s full “GMA” interview below.