Just after the tiara had been placed atop her head a barrage of racist tweets flooded the internet. Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America. The 24-year-old Syracuse native wants to be a physician.
Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be Indian descent.
But the tweets that followed the 2014 pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night didn’t focus on how it’s the second consecutive year that Miss New York has taken the crown, or about judge’s questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus or Syria). The tweets were about Davuluri’s heritage.
"Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must've made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote," vented one person.
Not that it bears pointing out, but Davuluri's not a Muslim and the president didn't have a vote.
24-year-old Davuluri, who's from Syracuse, competed on a platform of "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency." For the talent portion, she performed a classical Indian dance fused with Bollywood moves.
Read some of the tweets we have found on #missamerica:
Josh Shahryar شهريار @JShahryar 8h
I'm not going to click on #MissAmerica. I could do without a whole bunch of racism directed at brown people right now. Thanks.
Tyra Banks @tyrabanks 1h
Congrats to @NinaDavuluri, first Indian-American Miss America! Proud of you, girl! Love, TyTy
toddstarnes @toddstarnes 9h
The liberal Miss America judges won't say this - but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values. #missamerica
CHEEZ-IT @JPLman95 9h
Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11.