2014 Miss America Twitter Backlash

2014 Miss America Twitter Backlash

Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 11:09PM EDT by Brad.

Added Sep 16, 2013 at 07:49PM EDT by Brad.

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Overview

2014 Miss America Twitter Backlash refers to a series of angry, racist messages that were prompted in response to the crowning of Miss New York Nina Davuluri, who became the first Indian-American contestant to win the title of Miss America in September 2013.

Background

On September 15th, 2013, Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned as the 87th Miss America, becoming the first woman of Indian descent to hold the title. Shortly after Davuluri was crowned, a slew of racist comments and insults directed towards the pageant contestant began surfacing on Twitter.



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At about 12:33 a.m. on September 16th, BuzzFeed staff Ryan Broderick first reported on the racist backlash in a compilation post titled "A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant,"[5] highlighting nearly two dozens of tweets that are either gravely misinformed or plainly racist.


Jessica Ayres D @JAyres15 Follow l swear I'm not racist but this is America 10:56 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Nate Follow NateBerard Asian or indian are you kiddin this is america omg 10:59 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite sarawhitton @sarawhitton Follow this is America. not India 11:03 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Savannah Dale @savannah_dale97 Follow Miss New York is an Indian.. With all do respect, this is America 11:07 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Colton Evans @ColtonSEvans Follow Egypt dancing? This is America. #Miss America 11:14 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Shannon McCann @SHANN Wow Follow Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda? 10:13 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite De La Rutherford @Blayne_MkltRain Follow Congratulations Al-Qaeda. Our Miss America is one of you 11:00 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Audrey Graham _AudreyAnn Miss America is a terrorist. Whatever. It's fine Follow 11:05 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Nick Pizzo @pizzo_nick Follow So miss america is a terrorist 11:24 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite Not Miss America Not MissAmerica More like Miss Terrorist #Miss America Follow 11:11 PM-15 Sep 13 Reply t Retweet ★Favorite

Throughout the day, additional screenshots of angry tweets targeted at Davuluri were featured on CNN[8], International Business Times[6], CBS News[1], NPR[3], The Village Voice[9] and The Huffington Post[2], as well as a number of news media outlets in India and the Middle East.


)/ Follow BLAKE SPURRIER @BlakeSpurrier How does an Indian win Miss "AMERICA" Wrong country Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More RETWEETS FAVORITE 1:20 PM-15 Sep 13 ▼ 步Follow Amber Collins @amber_collins14 Call me crazy but I think Miss USA should be um... AMERICAN Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More 6 RETWEETS FAVORITES 10:13 PM-15 Sep 13 from Georgia, US ▼ 步Follow anthony ridgeway @anthonytkr #MissAmerica ummm w--?! Have we forgotten 9/11? Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More 31 RETWEETS FAVORITES 10:59 PM-15 Sep 13
Kyle Wyatt @xkyle16 ▼步Follow Asian Americans.... W-- this is miss USA Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More 10 RETWEETS FAVORITES 10:57 PM-15 Sep 13 Follow Eric Yeskie @therealyeskie Half of the people on miss USA aren't true Americans w-- happened here. Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More 10:21 PM-15 Sep 13 ▼步Follow CHEEZ-IT @JPLman95 Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11. Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More 42 19 11:06 PM -15 Sep 13 from North Brook, NOC

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