MIAMI, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles®) – After 63 years of existence, the Miss Universe Pageant is coming to an end, thanks to owner Donald Trump.
(The very first Miss Universe was Armi Kuusela from Finland, who shortly after being crowned in 1952, married a Filipino Virgilio Hilario, now deceased. Kuusela has since remarried and now lives in San Diego, California)
After Mexico and Paraguay pulled out of the pageant because of Trump’s racist remarks about Mexicans — calling them “rapists, drug addicts and criminals” — the Republican presidential candidate knew a bigger fall out was about to happen. Other Spanish-speaking countries are also considering dropping out of the international pageant.
Then came recent remarks by Trump, this time directed at African Americans. “African American youth had reached a point where they’ve just about never done more poorly, there’s no spirit, there’s killings on an hourly basis virtually in places like Baltimore and Chicago and many other places,” he said during a campaign stop.
Trump also criticized his opponent, Jeb Bush, saying that, “If Bush gets in, China will absolutely eat our lunch.”
And so the bigger fallout began: countries in Africa are also pulling out of the Miss Universe pageant, in solidarity with African Americans.
Many Asian countries are also backing out from sending contestants to the pageant because of Trump’s comments about China.
Realizing that only European countries are left to participate in Miss Universe, Trump decided to cancel the pageant altogether.
“No big deal,” he said, “I’d rather be president of the United States than be an owner of a beauty pageant.
Trump has risen to the number two spot, behind Jeb Bush, in recent polls among Republican candidates for president. Apparently, his racial rhetoric is working in his favor.