After anti-Muslim rant, Miss Puerto Rico gets the boot

Destiny Velez's impugned tweets directed at filmmaker Michael Moore's "We are all Muslim" social media campaign.

December 21, 2015 16:16
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Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez‏

Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez‏. (photo credit: PR)


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After tweeting a series of anti-Muslim messages, Miss Puerto Rico has been kicked out of the Miss America competition. 

Before Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez's Twitter account was deleted, Latin Times collected the tweets that led to her suspension.

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This is a sampling of what the former beauty queen wrote: 

- "There's NO comparison between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Jews nor Christians have terrorizing agendas in their sacred books."

- "All what Muslims have done is provided oil and terrorize this country & many others! All they do is build their mosques, feel offended by American values and terrorize innocent Americans and plant gas stations."

- "Most terrorist attacks have had a religion & a name associated with them & they have been from Islam religion." 

- "Many pull out the card of Muslims serving in our military. Are they in the military cuz [because] they love our nation or to acquire benefits."

-  "Why do ppl [people] want to separate Muslims from Isis when ISIS is a group of Muslim fanatics."

-  "All they do is build their mosques, feel offended by American values and terrorize innocent Americans and plant gas stations and get guns and kills innocent ppl [people] and destroy precious artifacts."

-  "Muslims use our constitution to terrorize USA & plant gas stations."

Velez's tweets were directed at the American filmmaker Michael Moore's #We are all Muslim campaign that he launched on social media following Presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from entering the US. 

In explaining its decision to suspend Velez indefinitely, the Miss Puerto Rico organization said her actions contradicted its values.

"The Miss Puerto Rico Organization feels that her words do not represent the integrity and esteem of our program," the organization wrote.

Velez also apologized.

"I apologize to the people I have offended with my words. I am first and foremost an #UpStander and as such I stand up against bullying. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words,” Velez said. 

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