A recent winner of Miss World America beauty pageant was stripped of her state title in Michigan because of posts expressing her views on social media. She’s now publically standing up to the organization for their unfair treatment of women with conservative viewpoints.
Kathy Zhu, vice president of the University of Michigan College Republicans and supporter of President Trump won the Miss Michigan title earlier this week, but it was revoked just a day later.
The reason for it being taken away was posts on social media expressing her conservative views.
She told The Detroit News, “I’m more than happy a light got shined on it. For me, it wasn’t a big deal I got stripped of the title, it was more of how unfair it was for the whole process to have taken place. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
One of the posts cited for her title being taken away was when she criticized a Muslim Student Association for an event that encouraged college students to try on a Muslim hijab when she was attending the University of Central Florida.
Zhu said she was passing by and a Muslim woman “forcibly” tried to put one on her head, so she decided to speak out on Twitter.
“So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?” Zhu tweeted.
A beauty pageant organizer also cited a tweet made in October 2017 as reasoning for their decision. “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others,” the tweet read.
Zhu told The Detroit News she had posted the tweet in response to social media claims that “all cops are bad cops, all cops were killing blacks.”
However, Zhu was never given the opportunity to provide any context for her tweets prior to her title being stripped.
Zhu fought back and is helping expose the organization for their bias and unfair treatment of women with conservative viewpoints.
She tweeted an email exchange she had with Miss World America Michigan director Laurie DeJack where she told her that her social media accounts contain “offensive, insensitive, and inappropriate content.”
DeJack went on to say Miss World America does not recognize Zhu as a participant.
Zhu hit the nail on the head in her response that read, “I’m sure you will love to find a ‘woman’ who is cookie cutter perfect and says brainless comments like, ‘I love world peace.”
Organizations like Miss World America should be outed for coercing women to behave a certain way, and penalizing them for holding a unique set of viewpoints.
Zhu might have lost her title and missed out on the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas for the national competition, but her bravery to speak out is helping pave the way for women and conservatives to have the confidence to express their viewpoints.