Republican candidate and billionaire Donald Trump has been the owner of Miss Universe and the Miss USA pageant since 1996. After becoming aware of Trump’s anti-immigration comments against Mexicans, Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez quit as co-host of the Miss USA pageant. She released this statement:
“I was very excited and proud to have been invited to participate in Miss USA, but as a Latina, that is now inconceivable. I am not Mexican, I am Puerto Rican and a proud Latina, and his comments were an insult to our culture. I won’t sponsor anything produced by Donald Trump.”
Sanchez is referring to Trump’s ridiculous hate speech on a presidential announcement in June 2015 against Mexican immigrants, in which he said: “[Mexico is] sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
The Republican candidate didn’t stop there. Soon after, he added: “It’s coming from more than Mexico… it’s coming from all over South and Latin America…”
However, Roselyn announced on Facebook that she would return as co-host of Miss Universe 2015 – as long as it has nothing to do with Trump. She shared this with fans on her Facebook page:
“I have decided to be part of this year’s Miss Universe Pageant since Mr. Trump has absolutely nothing to do with it. It is a new regime, new network and new concept. I want to make that very clear.”
After being boycotted by several Latin artists like Eugenio Derbez and J. Balvin, Trump was forced to sell the Miss Universe organization to WME/IMG. The pageant can now be seen through Fox, and will be aired from Las Vegas on December 20.