Miss Teen USA, Texas’ Karlie Hay, to Keep Crown Despite Revelation of N-Word Tweets


This year’s Miss Teen USA will keep her crown after coming under fire for using the N-word in a series of tweets, officials have announced.

Shortly after Karlie Hay, from Texas, was crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 in Las Vegas on Saturday, tweets containing the racial slur surfaced from an account belonging to the 18-year-old.

A screenshot of four tweets from 2013 appeared to show Hay using the N-word. The photo has made its way around the Internet, with many social media users called for Hay to lose her crown.

The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the teen pageant, condemned the tweets but said Hay would keep her crown and the organization would support “her continued growth.”

“The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of the Miss Universe Organization,” officials said in a statement obtained by KTRK.

The Miss USA Pageant was recently acquired by WME/IMG after the company cut a deal with the pageant’s co-owner Donald Trump last year, Variety reports.

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