Univision Drops The Miss Universe Pageant & It's Not The First Time A Network Stood Up For What's Right
After Donald Trump made derogatory remarks against Mexican immigrants during his speech announcing his candidacy for President, the network Univision ended its partnership with the Miss Universe Organization, which is partially-owned by Trump. The network stated, "At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," and added that, along with the Miss Universe pageant, Univision would not work on "any projects tied to the Trump Organization." This stand by the network proves that incendiary and controversial comments should have no place in television, despite how often it does still happen. But it's also not the first time that a network has dropped a show or fired an actor to do what's right and take a stand for morality.
Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants included such lines as "They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." And, when the news broke about Univision severing its ties with Trump, he announced on Thursday that he would be suing Univision for breach of contract and defamation. He also tweeted:
Hopefully, Univision will stick to its guns over this decision, but they are far from the only network to take a stand for what they believe is right. Check out a few other examples below.
1. Shonda Rhimes & ABC Fire Isaiah Washington
After insulting fellow then-closeted co-star T. R. Knight with homophobic slurs, ABC and Rhimes fired Washington. After the actor worked hard to make amends by apologizing, doing PSAs for marriage equality, and working on projects that promote equality for LGBTQ, Rhimes and the network asked Washington back for Sandra Oh's farewell episode.
2. Shonda Rhimes & ABC Fire Columbus Short
Rhimes and ABC once again had to fire an actor over controversial reasons. Columbus Short was fired from the hit series Scandal after he was arrested for misdemeanor spousal battery, and, Short says, due to his drug problems.
3. Paula Deen Gets The Boot
After using the well-know TV personality used a racist slur, The Food Network stopped their partnership with Paula Deen, which included three different TV shows.
4. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Is Cancelled
When it was discovered that Honey Boo Boo's mother June was dating a convicted child molester, TLC cancelled the family's series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
5. CeeLo's The Good Life Ends After Season 1
Green's TBS reality series The Good Life was cancelled after one season when the musician pleaded "no contest" to a felony charge of giving a woman the drug ecstasy. He then posted some horrible tweets about rape, including the quote "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" Um, OK.
6. 7th Heaven Re-Runs Are Canned
The news of 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins' child molestation allegations stopped UP TV from airing reruns of the series.
7. Flip It Forward Doesn't Take Even Take Off
Before Jason and David Benham could even premiere their own HGTV series Flip It Forward, the show was pulled after the twin brothers' past homophobic, anti-Muslim, and anti-abortion statements were made public.
8. 19 Kids & Counting Gets Pulled From TLC
The Duggar family's series 19 Kids and Counting is in deep trouble after the news broke that eldest son Josh Duggar publicly confessed that he had molested five girls as a teenager. So far, TLC has pulled all episodes of the show from airing, and many sponsors have pulled out as well. While the future of 19 Kids and Counting is still unclear, the fact that all of these networks responded to these scandals with such swift action is an admirable thing. Univision might be the most recent one to take a stand in controversial times like these, but they certainly won't be the last.
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