Anyone who was watching Twitter as they watched the Miss America 2014 pageant saw a pretty ugly sight as the winner was announced.
No, not winner Nina Davuluri's "ugly cry" (which was rather graceful, as these things go). After Davuluri received her crown, Twitter was flooded with hateful tweets in reaction to Davuluri's Indian-American heritage.
BuzzFeed helpfully collected many of the awful tweets, the themes of which ranged from anti-Arab sentiment -- "So miss america is a terrorist" -- to anti-Indian racism -- "Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11."
An unsavory sampling:
Only reason she won is bc her people said they would lower gas prices ⛽ 😂
— Dallas Robinson (@DallasRobinson8) September 16, 2013
I am literarily soo mad right now a ARAB👳 won #MissAmerica
— Dallas Robinson (@DallasRobinson8) September 16, 2013
Backlash against the Twitter backlash has been equally as strong, with many press outlets and other Twitter users condemning the initial critics. In response, several have since deleted or apologized for their tweets:
I am so sorry. I didn't think before I tweeted what I did. I absolutely did not mean to hurt or offend anyone. Again I am SO very sorry!!!
— J (@JAyres15) September 16, 2013
And some still seem unaware of what they did wrong.
My miss america tweet pissed off a bunch of people I don't know and idk what to do
— Nick Pizzo (@pizzo_nick) September 16, 2013
Make one 7-11 joke and I'm called racist lol.
— CHEEZ-IT (@JPLman95) September 16, 2013
The newly-crowned Miss America took the negative reactions in stride, telling reporters today, "I have to rise above that... I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."
Pageants don't always go so smoothly...
Kendra Gill, former Miss Riverton, looks on before her court appearance in District Court Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Gill, a beauty contest winner and three other teens have taken a plea deal after being accused of tossing homemade bottle bombs in a Salt Lake suburb. Kendra McKenzie Gill and the other 18-year-olds pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted possession of a chemical device, a misdemeanor. The charges will be dismissed after they complete 200 hours of community service. In addition, each was fined $500. Felony charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. The defendants were initially accused of driving around last month to toss plastic bottles filled with a toilet bowl cleaner. It reacted with aluminum foil to explode. They said it was a harmless prank. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)
Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin competed in the 2012 Miss USA Presentation Show on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in Las Vegas. Monnin resigned her crown claiming the contest is rigged, but according to organizers the beauty queen was upset over the decision to allow transgender contestants to enter. A posting on Monnin's Facebook page claims another contestant learned the names of the top 5 finishers on Sunday morning, hours before the show was broadcast.
Richardson was accused in December, 2012 of DUI after she allegedly slammed her car into a light pole causing a power outage for hundreds of homes in Las Cruces, N.M.
Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, above at the Miss USA 2007 pageant, was caught partying too hard in the year after being crowned while living at a Trump Place apartment with Miss Teen USA 2006. Conner tested positive for cocaine and was seen publicly kissing Miss Teen USA 2006 Katie Blair. Conner was not dethroned on the condition that she enter rehab.
Miss Teen USA 2006 Katie Blair is shown making an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live in 2007. Blair lived with Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner in the year after her win in a Trump Place apartment in New York and allegedly leaked stories of their drinking and drug use, prompting the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving to fire her as a spokesperson.
Laura Zuniga is crowned Miss Sinaloa 2008 at the Pacific resort city Mazatlan, Mexico, July 2, 2008. Zuniga, a 23-year-old model, has been arrested at a military checkpoint, just outside the city of Guadalajara, after she was found riding with suspected gang members in a truck filled with weapons and cash.(AP)
The 2008 beauty queen of the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa, Laura Zuniga, center, is shown to the press with other unidentified suspects after she was detained with guns and large amounts of cash in the city of Zapopan, Mexico, Tuesday Dec. 23, 2008. Zuniga has been arrested after she was found riding with suspected gang members in a truck filled with weapons and and some $53,300 in U.S. currency. (AP)
Miss USA Rima Fakih poses for photographers during the Miss Universe 2010 Contestant Swimsuit Event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on August 21, 2010. The finals of the Miss Universe 2010 competition will be held at the hotel on August 23. (Mark Ralston, AFP / Getty Images)
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih appears before Judge Brigette Officer during a hearing and ordered to stand trial on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge at 30th District Court in Highland Park, Mich. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. The judge set a March 14 trial date, but lawyers on both sides said they planned to talk in an attempt to resolve the case sooner. (Gary Malerba, AP)
Kumari Fulbright is shown in this undated photo provided by the Tucson Police Department in Tucson, Ariz. Fulbright, 25, was indicted with three men Dec. 18, 2007, by a Pima County Superior Court grand jury on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated robbery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, the Arizona Daily Star reported. Fulbright, was Miss Pima County in 2005 and Miss Desert Sun in 2006, and sought the title of Miss Arizona during those years. (Tucson Police Department / AP)
Colombian Catalina Robayo Vargas takes the runway during the swimsuit parade, before being crowned Miss Colombia 2010, during the beauty contest in Cartagena, on November 15, 2010. (AFP / Getty Images)