Miss Michigan Stripped of Title After Offensive Tweets

Carla Harmon
July 22, 2019

Zhu had tweeted. "Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?".

- She was crowned "Miss World Michigan 2019" but a day after it was announced, she was stripped of her title - for some offensive tweets.

DeJack did not explicitly accuse Zhu of racism, but the Chinese-American student said that she would "stop by" her house and "give back the crown/sash" that she was awarded as the victor of the local Miss Michigan pageant, before lashing at DeJack for implying that the "statistics" she cited were somehow racially biased.

Zhu, a 20-year-old Chinese immigrant and vice chair of the College Republicans at the University of MI, "was named as an IN and MI 2019 national finalist IN her bid to make it to the Miss and Teen World America Preliminary and Finals, which will be held IN Las Vegas IN October", Newsweek reported.

Zhu, the president of College Republicans at the University of MI, told the Detroit Free Press that the two now-deleted tweets in question were a comment on World Hijab Day and a statement citing statistics related to black deaths caused by other black people.

Instead, according to the Detroit Free Press, she took to Twitter, writing 'So you're telling me that it's now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?

One of the tweets criticized an event in which Muslim women invited others to try on a hijab.

When the state director cited her "black deaths" tweet, Zhu deadpanned that she didn't know "statistics were racist".

The organisation told her that some of her posts on social media were found to be "offensive, insensitive and inappropriate" and violated the regulations of the contest.

"Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA", the email read.

Zhu defended her claims on Friday.

Pageant officials didn't respond to a Sunday message seeking comment.

Zhu transferred to the University of MI after the backlash of this incident. She went on to say that she's not upset about losing the title, but she wants to expose how one sided the process was and hopes others don't get caught off guard like she did.

While it's true that many Muslim women wear the hijab voluntarily as a symbol of their faith, there are also many Muslim countries - notably Iran - that mandate wearing it, and punish those who refuse.

"It is honestly sad that the left refers to statistics and facts as racist and insensitive", Zhu said.

Zhu pushed back in a Twitter video Friday, claiming discrimination against her conservative political views.

"I'm so glad to be the voice for this right now and I hope that other pageant organizations could really learn from this story and the situation, to not discriminate with others based on opinions", the social media personality added.

People are showing their support for the pageant queen on Twitter and echoing the belief she was stripped of the title because of her political stance.

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