Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay Caught In N-Word Twitter Scandal
Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay allegedly used the N-word a number of tweets prior to being crowned on Saturday night at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Hay’s tweets have seemingly been removed from her Twitter account @haaykarris, though Gossip Cop has found her offensive messages from a few years ago.
Not long after the 18-year-old blonde-haired, blue-eyed Hay beat out runner-up Miss North Carolina Emily Wakeman for Miss USA did social media explode with purported screen grabs of Hay’s past tweets filled with the N-word (below). While the former Miss Texas did not comment on the controversy, she wrote on Instagram after her win, “Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person. I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for.”
Hay added, “Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person.” “I am honored to hold this title and I will use this platform to promote the values of The Miss Universe Organization, and my own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women,” concluded the new Miss Teen USA. Gossip Cop has reached to a rep for the Miss Universe organization, which oversees the Miss Teen USA pageant, but we have yet to receive a response. See the offensive tweets below.
UPDATE: The Miss Universe Organization has issued a statement following the controversy. It reads, “The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization,” a statement obtained by TheWrap reads. “As Karlie stated, she was in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets and for which she sincerely apologizes. Karlie learned many lessons through those personal struggles that reshaped her life and values. We as an organization are committed to supporting her continued growth.”