…which I find really weird especially when you consider how ethnically and racially diverse America is.
Miss New York spends her first press conference defending herself from angry viewers calling her un-American, Arab and Indonesian. ‘I have to rise above that,’ she said after winning the coveted crown.
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‘How the f–k does a foreigner win miss America?’ One man tweets after Nina Davuluri’s historic win.
What not everyone watching the Miss America pageant appeared to realize is that Nina Davuluri is American — or they just chose not to.
“How the f–k does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots,” one man tweeted just after the first winner of Indian descent was crowned Sunday night.
“If you’re #MissAmerica you should have to be American,” another woman wrote.
“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?” chimed another man who later likened her to a photo of a Middle Eastern man wielding a firearm.
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The 24-year-old from Fayetteville, New York says she has always viewed herself as ‘first and foremost American.’
A second man appeared to agree while writing on his Twitter feed: “So miss america is a terrorist.”
In consequence, the 24-year-old from Fayetteville, New York, near Syracuse, spent part of her first press conference acknowledging the hate-spewed comments that followed.
“I have to rise above that,” she said after her crowning in Atlantic City, the Associated Press reports. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri performs a Bollywood fusion dance Sunday night. Critics said the ethnic dance was inappropriate for Miss America — Miss Universe, maybe.
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she continued. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
The recent University of Michigan graduate in brain behavior and cognitive science was born in Syracuse, New York, Syracuse.com reports. At the age of four she moved to Oklahoma and then Michigan with her family before returning to the Empire State six years ago.
She credits her father, a gynecologist affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital, as inspiring her desire to go into the field of medicine.
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Nina Davuluri, seen during the swimsuit portion of the compeition, ran on the platform of ‘Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.’
But regardless of her accomplishments both on an off the stage, many, including Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, disagreed with the judges’ decision.
“The liberal Miss America judges won’t say this — but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values. #missamerica,” Starnes tweeted.
Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, a tattooed Army sergeant who won the America’s Vote portion of the competition, proved to be a favorate among those upset by Davuluri’s big win Sunday.
According to Fox’s Starnes, however, that performance could have only been improved if she “fired off a few rounds at the end.”
In contrast, Davuluri – whose message was “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency” – performed a Bollywood fusion dance that was criticized by one upset viewer as being un-American.
“I’m not a racist. She is representing America doing an Indonesian dance. If it was a Miss Universe pageant it would have been cool,” the woman wrote.
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri smiles for the crowd during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk on Saturday.
The Twitter user, who appears to have since deleted her account, was vehemently slammed and corrected within minutes by other users.
“You do know that India and Indonesia are two different countries … right?” stated just one of her brewing critics.