NEW YORK (PIX11) — Just seconds after being crowned Miss America, Miss New York Nina Davuluri immediately became a trending topic on Twitter.
No, users weren’t congratulating the Indian-American on her historic win; instead they were unleashing insensitive and racist remarks attacking the beauty queen.
Davuluri, who was born in Syracuse and later raised in Oklahoma, was on the dean’s list and earned the Michigan Merit Award and National Honor Society nods while studying at the University of Michigan where she graduated at the top of her class with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science.
However if you paid any attention to Twitter Sunday night, you would’ve thought otherwise.
Those were just some of the brazen tweets targeting Davuluri, calling her among other things an “Arab,” “Miss. 7-11” and a “terrorist.” The 24-year-old, who is the first Indian-American to win the title of Miss America, responded to the tweets in her first news conference Monday.
“I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American,” she told the Associated Press.
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said, “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.” As for the negativity, she said, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
Davuluri isn’t the first, and surely won’t be the last, to be victimized with racist tweets on social media during a televised event. In July, singer Marc Anthony’s ethnicity was attacked via Twitter following his performance of “God Bless America” at the All-Star Game held in Citi Field.
Users became infuriated that a “Mexican” was selected to sing the patriotic song.
Anthony, who was born and raised in New York, laughed off the criticism in an interview, saying “You can’t get more New York than me.”