A beauty pageant known for sharing conservative views on social media was reportedly eliminated from contention in the Miss World contest before ever taking the stage.
In a tweet this week, Miss Michigan 2019 Kathy Zhu shared an image of a letter from pageant officials who cited “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate” posts.
The 20-year-old elaborated, claiming she was kicked out of the contest “due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets.”
Specifically, Zhu apparently referenced a pair of posts that have since been deleted.
In one, she reportedly opposed an Islamic outreach effort at her school, asking if participants were “trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam.”
She addressed race in another controversial post, apparently telling a black Twitter user to “[f]ix problems within your own community before blaming others.”