Is Miss Universe Canceled? Following NBC's Decision To Cut Ties With Donald Trump, Miss USA Will Still Go On As Scheduled
Things aren't looking good for Donald Trump's Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants — leading many to wonder if the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will be canceled in the wake of controversy surrounding statements Trump made about Mexican immigrants. Luckily, in the case of the former, the answer seems to be simple: Following Monday's news that NBC ended its partnership with Trump and Tuesday's news that Miss USA co-hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts ended their affiliation with the pageant, Deadline confirmed that Miss USA will now be streamed online via the pageant's official website — and a representative for the pageant confirmed through a press release that Miss USA will take place in Baton Rouge, LA in July 2015 as planned. But, will Miss Universe face a similar fate?
As of now, the answer to the latter question doesn't appear certain. Though the pageant could easily be streamed online like Miss USA will be, it seems to have bigger problems: The loss of an entire country. According to CNN, Mexico pulled out of the Miss Universe pageant following comments Trump made regarding undocumented immigrants. As CNN notes, the real estate mogul is a partial owner of the Miss Universe Organization.
Former Miss Universe titleholder Lupita Jones, who helps run Mexico's pageant that determines the country's contestant for Miss Universe, was offended by Trump's comments, as she stated in a tweet Tuesday. "As a Mexican I feel very offended and outraged, like everyone else — as Miss Universe I think Donald Trump is harming the organization," she tweeted. (Translation via CNN.)
Though Trump has not released a statement concerning the future of the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants, he did respond to NBC cutting ties with him on Monday. In a statement released to Bustle through his representative, Trump stated:
As a Miss Universe pageant statement released to Bustle read, Miss USA will indeed take place in July 2015 as scheduled — but the status of Miss Universe is not mentioned.
2015's Miss Universe pageant was held in January. A date has not yet been set for the 2016 show.
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