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Michigan beauty contestant claims she was disqualified because of her conservative tweets

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A beauty pageant contestant claims she was kicked out of the Miss World America pageant because some tweets that were called “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate,” by contest organizers.

Zhu is a political commentator and online content producer, with about a combined 80,000 followers in her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

“They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about Black on black gun violence, and “insensitive” statistical tweets,” said Kathy Zhu, a University of Michigan student.

On Wear A Hijab Day, there was a booth on campus offering women a chance to try on a hijab. No one was being forced to wear one,but it offered interested individuals a chance to try one on.

This prompted Xhu to tweet: “There is a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus. So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”

The second controversial entry was a response to another tweet, in which Zhu says: “Did you know the majority of Black deaths are caused by other Blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others.”

“I have seen this happen before,” Zhu told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday. “It is just not okay to be prejudiced against people who just have a different political view as you.”

Zhu still defends the two now-deleted tweets that she alleges caused the pageant to  cut ties her.

Miss World America did not respond with comments despite repeated attempts to contact her.

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