Univision’s decision to drop the Miss USA pageant has emboldened critics of Donald Trump.
Close to 200,000 people have signed a three-day old Change.org petition that calls for NBC to cut ties with Trump by dropping the Miss USA Pageant, the Miss Universe Pageant and The Apprentice franchise.
Citing actions taken against Paula Deen by The Food Network for using the N-word, and Phil Robertson by A&E for his anti-gay stance, petitioner Guillermo Castaneda Jr. urged NBC to side for “ethics, principles and values” by dropping Trump — especially since it also owns Telemundo, the second largest Spanish-language network behind Univision.
“A few days ago, one of your reality show stars by the name of Donald Trump decided to announce his candidacy for the largest public position in the United States, the presidency,” wrote Castaneda. “He called Latinos … rapists drug users and criminals.”
“I am not a rapist,” Castaneda continued. “I have never taken drugs, and the worst thing I have ever done is going fast on the freeway from time to time,” continued Castaneda Jr. “I am not worth $4.1 billion, but my people spend way more than that on your advertisers. We have a voice and we decide the future of this country.”
In announcing his candidacy, Trump said the U.S. has “become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico send its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re 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. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Not long after Univision decided to drop the pageant, NBC attempted to distance itself from Trump by releasing a statement saying it did not agree with his positions “on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration.” Trump and NBC Universal are partners on the Miss Universe organization, which produces the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, as well as the Celebrity Apprentice franchise.
On Sunday, Trump wrote on Twitter that Univision had apologized to him, but he was not interested in accepting the network’s mea culpa.