The Miss Teen USA saga continues and this time the new crowned teen speaks out for the first time about the controversy surrounding her platform.
Newly crowned Miss Teen USA, Karlie Hay, recently sat down in an interview to speak with Good Morning America about her past use of racial slurs posted to her social media.
Hay explained that she was young and “immature” back in 2013 and assures the viewers that she has changed.
“I’ve grown up from that 15-year-old girl who used that type of language. It’s never acceptable and now I know how hurtful it is. It hurts me to know that at one point in my life I used that language. I said that. It’s not me.” Hay said.
The teen also explained that back then she was listening to music that had words like the “n-word” and was around friends who used it all the time and didn’t see anything wrong with it.
“The word was thrown around in the music I listened to, with the friends I hung out with, and I had no guidance. It was kind of a careless mistake,” she said.
The Miss Universe pageant has received backlash for defending Hay and allowing her to keep her title. Other contestants from the past were stripped from their title for much minor offenses, all of which happened to be women of color.
In 2011, Miss San Antonio, Domonique Ramirez, was temporarily stripped of her title for being “overweight” and was told by one of the pageant organizers to “lay off the tacos”.
Just recently, Genesis Davila was stripped of her Miss Florida USA title for something as small as using her own professional for hair and makeup instead of the pageants staff. Davila is now suing the organization for $15-million for defaming her image.