Immigrant Student Loses Miss World Title For Refusing To Try On A Hijab

Immigrant Student Loses Miss World Title For Refusing To Try On A Hijab

Authored by Greg Piper via The College Fix,

Does pageant “advocate for the punishment of women who refuse to wear a hijab”?

Beauty pageant officials wanted this outspoken winner to be quiet and submissive. Nevertheless, she persisted.

University of Michigan student Kathy Zhu is savaging the Miss World America competition for revoking her Miss Michigan title just a day after crowning her, the Detroit News reports.

Zhu, also a College Republicans leader, tweeted an email from Michigan Director Laurie DeJack that blamed her social media posts for the decision to revoke her title.

They are “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate,” violating the competition’s boilerplate rules about bringing MWA “into disrepute” through a contestant’s “background,” DeJack wrote, copying National Director Michael Galanes and Chief Operating Officer Robert Gandara on the email.

The posts in question came from the past two years. While she was still a University of Central Florida student, Zhu (second from right above) criticized a “Muslim Student Association event that invited students to try on a hijab” in 2018, the News reports:

“So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?” Zhu had tweeted. “Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”

Her comments prompted a Twitter fight and at least one call for expulsion, but officials ultimately concluded that none of the involved students’ actions violated the university’s rules of conduct.

In a text exchange posted online, a beauty pageant organizer also raised concerns with an October 2017 tweet by Zhu, who wrote: “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”

Zhu wrote back a fiery email to the “gullible” competition officials, explaining the context of her posts:

What’s “insensitive” is that women in the middle east are getting STONED TO DEATH for refusing to obey their husband’s orders to wear hijabs.

A muslim woman tried to FORCIBLY put a hijab on my head without my permission. […] Are the people in MWA implying that they advocate for the punishment of women who refuse to wear a hijab?

If this was a catholic rosary that someone forced me to try on and I refused, people would not have even bat [sic] an eye.

I suggest you all fully review what you stand for and what you condemn. Statistics and facts are not always pleasant. [This apparently refers to the “black deaths” tweet]

Zhu said the revocation was based on “ONE PERSON’S COMPLAINT” about “photoshopped tweets.” She identified that person as Scotland Calhoun Perez, whose Twitter account was marked protected sometime after July 7.


Zhu also posted a text thread with DeJack, where the state director asks her to confirm that her Twitter handle is “Political Kathy” and then warned her not to publicly associate herself with Michigan World America.

DeJack implied that Zhu was required to run social media posts by her before posting them, specifically those that identify her with Miss Michigan. Zhu said DeJack gave her explicit permission to post them.

“Kathy, we have a huge issue now,” DeJack wrote, without answering Zhu about the issue. She said someone accused Zhu of misrepresenting herself in the competition by presenting her Chinese name. DeJack also asked Zhu why she left the University of Central Florida, and said the MWA national office was on her case.

According to PJ Media:

Muslim students at Zhu’s college began a campaign to have her expelled. A female student who was manning the hijab booth said, “I invited you to try one on and you said ‘no thank you’…You didn’t take the time to even ask questions or try to understand what Hijab is. That’s ignorant of you. You literally sprinted after taking the photos. That’s pathetic.”

When the state director cited her “black deaths” tweet, Zhu deadpanned that she didn’t know “statistics were racist.” DeJack said it was a “comment with no statistics to back it up,” but the political science major retorted that she had read it in an “educational journal.” (FBI statistics confirm this.) Zhu also mentioned Calhoun Perez as trying to get her in trouble with previous organizations.


Zhu told the News she went to DeJack’s house following the exchange to drop off her crown and sash. Zhu won’t be able to compete in the Las Vegas competition for a chance to make it to the international stage.

Miss Indiana and Michigan World America removed its Facebook page Friday, sometime after the News linked to its revised announcement, which reportedly omitted Zhu from the list of winners.

Zhu told the News she didn’t care about losing the title, but that “it was more of how unfair it was for the whole process to have taken place”:

[S]he had posted that tweet [about “black deaths”] in response to social media claims that “all cops are bad cops, all cops were killing blacks,” an explanation she was not able to provide pageant organizers.

“It wasn’t anything about blaming blacks specifically for violence,” said Zhu, who was born in China and raised in Florida. “I mean, every community has problems within it. I just shined light on that particular issue because of a subtweet of someone else.”

She thanked her supporters in a video Friday afternoon:

This is so much bigger than pageantry. This is about an organization discriminating against people with different opinions, calling people racist even when they’re not. Just little attacks like those really, really diminishes the value and the truth of the word “racism.”

Zhu encouraged other pageant organizations to value diversity of thought and political affiliation, not just “skin color,” and told her fans: “Don’t worry – I’ll still stand firm.” She’s not taking legal action against MWA, however, because it has “suffered enough negative publicity.”


Read the News report.

via zerohedge


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  • Jim1937
    July 21, 2019, 12:22 pm

    Why would she want to put that smelly rag on her head?

    • Chuck Lynch@Jim1937
      July 22, 2019, 12:13 am

      No, it’s not a religion! A religion is spiritual

      It’s a violent mafia cabal!!!

  • DeWayne Mccamey
    July 21, 2019, 12:29 pm

    I think ANYTHING to do with muslims period doesn’t need to be in anything in America. Muslims have ruined every country in the world wdith the satanic culture they try to pass off as godly

  • David Kennedy
    July 21, 2019, 12:31 pm

    You talk about being divisive. The far left believes in free speech, only when it, the speech agrees with them. They dont believe in individual freedom of expression, and they certainly do not want facts and figures muddleing up the views they hold so dear to them. Since when do they want non thinking drones to represent them? I would think they would want intelligent young women who can think for themselves.
    I am sick of the left throwing around the racist term. Everyone is a racist. They use it so often that the word has lost all of its meaning. I for one feel sorry for this young lady, and i am sick to my stomach about the use of the racist term.

    • Stephen Pettine@David Kennedy
      July 21, 2019, 5:40 pm

      ” I for one feel sorry for this young lady, and i am sick to my stomach about the use of the racist term.”

      That at least makes two of us. She is far too intelligent to indulge in petty wranglings: “Zhu told the News she didn’t care about losing the title, but that “it was more of how unfair it was for the whole process to have taken place…”

      • most DEMS are EVIL Liars@Stephen Pettine
        July 21, 2019, 11:22 pm

        what are you trying to say,in plain English please. are you for or against her. if you are against her, you think she has no rights to voice her opinion. some of the seemingly petty things to you, may not seen so petty to others!

  • glenda lafont
    July 21, 2019, 12:36 pm

    This is pure discrimination, SUE the pagent. Everybody kisses the muslim asses.

    • TruSkeptik@glenda lafont
      July 21, 2019, 12:52 pm

      Of course it’s discrimination which, in and of itself, is harmless and something human beings do everyday. The problem is that the left has discovered what an effective tool it is, and is attempting to appropriate the act of discrimination for its sole and exclusive use. That is, a leftist feels entitled to discriminate in any way he or she may choose, on the condition that no one who disagrees with the left may in turn discriminate. It’s a simple zero sum game in the mind of the left, pretty much the way the see all of reality. This is because leftists are less intellectually developed than conservatives.

      • Stephen Pettine@TruSkeptik
        July 21, 2019, 5:52 pm

        “This is because leftists are less intellectually developed than conservatives.”

        No argument from me on that point in that it is able to withstand fervent scrutiny.

    • Rosemarie Douglass@glenda lafont
      July 21, 2019, 2:37 pm

      I DONT THING SO THE CANT SCRUB IT LONG ENOUGH FOR ME TO TOUCH IT Obama you thug started that whit your believe you be the world lieder the emblem of your party is a jackass that fits all of you idiots that vote for all Muslims that run for office the like to use there ideology to turn the USA in to a Muslim ghetto run them out take their citation ship away and send them packing what stupid cows`s nasty trolls if they don’t like our laws get out and stay out

  • Toosad
    July 21, 2019, 12:52 pm

    I wouldn’t let anyone put that demonizing stinky rag on my head either.. Sue the crap out of them!!


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