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Ex-Miss Michigan stripped of crown over ‘insensitive’ tweets

Deanna Wagner | 23 July, 2019, 08:55

Her goal of achieving national and worldwide beauty-pageant stardom - to join a rarified realm in which ladies are best advised to shake their booties, not their brains - was dashed last week when she was conservative-shamed by officials of the Miss World America Organization.

Kathy Zhu is a college Republican leader at the University of MI, but she's accused of posting racist and insensitive tweets in 2017 and 2018.

Kathy Zhu, a 20-year-old political science student and president of College Republicans at the University of MI, is now going public with emails and texts she exchanged with officials from Miss World America, and spoke with Fox News on Monday about the negative and positive responses she has received.

MWA explained that the reason for the removal of her title was due to "offensive, insensitive and inappropriate" content found on her social media accounts, which Zhu stated was in reference to tweets concerning her "refusal to try on a hijab" and "black on black gun violence".

"Don't get it twisted - Kathy Zhu was stripped of her title for disgusting tweets".

The University of MI student added that "everything I posted was my statistics and opinions, and I think that we should be empowering women's voices and not just stripping them of their title only because of their opinions". "I think it's very bad how the left thinks it's racist".

"My friends have been texting me saying that they've heard people talking about it in their classes or their work".

While several social media users have expressed messages of support towards Zhu, others have condemned the student over her comments.

It's unclear who'll represent MI in Miss World America's October competition in Las Vegas.

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The Independent has contacted Miss World America for comment. "Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?" the then University of Central Florida student wrote.

"Ms. Zhu tells me that she was shocked by the "'try on a hijab' booth".

In a 2018 Facebook post, Zhu bashed a World Hijab Day event at the University of Central Florida where she studied before transferring to the University of MI. "I think that it's really rude, I feel like to Muslims too, to wear their sacred garment on someone who is not a Muslim themselves".

Camerota responded by saying that Zhu's tweet was clearly referring to female oppression under Islam rather than any fears of her own cultural insensitivity.

Zhu added that in her opinion, "coming out as a conservative is way harder than coming out as gay in today's society". "The goal of this booth was to spread awareness of the hijab and those who choose to wear it", the group said. You didn't take the time to even ask questions or try to understand what the Hijab is.

"A muslim woman tried to forcibly put a hijab on my head without my permission. I stand by every tweet that I post".

Pushed again on why she pulled up black on black violence statistics in a discussion about police brutality, Zhu again claimed her comments had been taken "fully out of context.If you think statistics and facts are racist, I don't know what to tell you".

"But that's not what you said", Camerota countered.

The Miss Michigan website says the new queen is Mallory Rivard, a Bay City resident and aspiring university professor who taught in India and spent a year with the service organization, AmeriCorps.