Jeannie Mai took to Instagram today to announce that she will still continue to co-host the upcoming Miss USA Pageant and Miss Universe Pageant that is, for better lack of words, put on by Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has been making headlines since he mad a racist remark during his presidential campaign announcement. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best.”
People are pulling out of the pageant left and right due to to his statements. According to Time, Mexico has pulled from the pageant all together. NBC has refused to air to pageant. Also, co-hosts Thomas Burke and Cheryl Burke have announced that will not be participating. Here is Burke’s comment:
However it is clear that Jeannie Mai is looking at this situation from the other side. Check out her post from Instagram:
While I absolutely do not condone Mr. Trump's statements, after careful deliberation I have decided to continue my role as co-host of the upcoming Miss USA Pageant. For the past several years, I have been co-hosting both Miss USA and Miss Universe aligned to support President Paula Shugart. I can't abandon these women when they need our support now more than ever. The mission of the Miss Universe organization has always been to unite women from all over the world and celebrate different cultures. They empower women to become role models in their communities in order to build self-esteem and advance philanthropic initiatives. It is truly unfortunate that recent events have overshadowed the amazing work these women have been doing, but the goals of their organization have not changed. Through the years I've experienced a wide variety of inspiring stories. I've met women who used the pageant to help fund their education. I got to know winners like Miss Universe Leila Lopes who used the platform to bring so much positive attention to emerging countries like Angola. There are countless stories of real women working hard to impact social change. My entire career has been driven by my inspiration to celebrate women and their potential. I hope everyone can transcend this controversy so we don’t lose sight of that. As long as there is one woman standing there on that stage, I intend to be standing there beside her.
Whether you agree or not, her Co-Host from The Real, Tamar Braxton, did not and responded to her post:
And she commented again to clear up any brewing rumors:
She’s not lying, that’s exactly how their conversations go down on The Real, but more importantly, what do you all think? Is Jeannie wrong for still supporting this pageant?