Kathy Zhu won the Miss Michigan World America 2019 pageant this week, but she was stripped of the title and crown less than 24 hours later when Miss World pageant organizers realized that – gasp – she was a Republican with very “non-woke” opinions about race relations, guns, and who should be the President of the United States. Now Zhu, who is the vice president of the University of Michigan’s College Republicans, is accusing pageant officials of ideological bias and blasting them for digging up old social media posts to disqualify her from competition.
From the Detroit News:
The controversy exploded Thursday on conservative media sites after Zhu posted emails and text messages from a pageant official who told her she could no longer participate because of “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate” social media posts.
“I’m more than happy a light got shined on it,” Zhu said in a Friday interview with The Detroit News. “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.”
The beauty pageant this week announced Zhu as Miss Michigan World America 2019 but revoked the title a day later. Organizers appear to have deleted the original announcement from a regional Facebook page and reposted a list of other winners from Michigan and Indiana.
A senior majoring in political science, Zhu expects to graduate next year. She describes herself as a “right-leading moderate” and supports Republican President Donald Trump.
“This is more than just some beauty pageant, this is about the prejudice views against people with ‘different opinions,'” she wrote Friday morning on Twitter.
So, what did Zhu say that was so bad she had to be kicked out of the pageant circuit?
Well, in 2018, she criticized the Muslim Student Association for hosting an event that invited students to try on a hijab.
“So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?” Zhu tweeted. “Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”
How AWFUL that she would speak out against a religion that oppresses women!
Oh, and in 2017, she wrote this in response to Twitter users bashing police: “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”
Stating facts is now worthy of cancellation? Good to know.
“We fully stand behind Kathy in decrying the outrageous behavior of Miss World America,” the UM College Republicans said in a statement. “Although they are within their rights to do this as a private organization, we believe that this decision shows incredible bias against unextraordinary right wing opinion, which we expect will come back to hurt the organization.”
Ah, but unextraordinary right wing opinion is unacceptable in the left’s Brave New World, don’t you know? Any conservatism is racist. Any wrongthink must be corrected and condemned. Go forth and sin no more, comrade.
It’s getting scary out there.