Miss Puerto Rico 2015 suspended for anti-Muslim comments on Twitter

Published: December 21, 2015


Miss Puerto Rico 2015 was indefinitely suspended from her role for launching a tirade against Muslims on Twitter.

Destiny Velez, 20, had her title taken away by the official Miss America Organisation after she blasted Islam and filmmaker Michael Moore for starting the #WeAreAllMuslim social media campaign.

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Velez charged that Muslims “have terrorising agendas in their sacred books.” Further, in a tweet to Moore, the 20-year-old said, “All what Muslims have done is provided oil and terrorise this country and many others!!!!!!”

Moore had posted a picture of himself outside Trump Tower in New York City with a sign reading, “We are all Muslim.”

Velez tweeted directly at Moore multiple times, saying Muslims had “terrorising agendas.” “If we are all the same then Muslims need to take off their napkins off of their heads cuz I feel offended by it,” she added.

Her Twitter account has since been deleted.

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“In regards to Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Velez’s, recent actions and conduct; the Miss Puerto Rico Organisation feels that her words do not represent the integrity and esteem of our programme, nor that of our board members, our sponsors and partners, or the National Organisation,” the island’s official Miss American organisation said in a statement.

“Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organisation, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely. The Miss Puerto Rico Organisation will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organisation,” it added.

The organisation also posted a statement from Velez, who has now also shut down her Tumblr and Instagram pages.

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She said, “I apologise to the people I have offended with my words. I am first and foremost an #UpStander and as such I stand up against bullying.”

“The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologise to anyone who felt offended with my words,” she added.

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Stranger
    Dec 21, 2015 - 3:57PM

    Inncoent young girl – just spoke her mind directly. yet new to the ways of the world – not yet learnt to camouflage her real feelings . If you keep on cutting down honest direct blunt spoken people … U know what will happen one day …. Recommend

  • illpopo
    Dec 21, 2015 - 4:08PM

    @ Michael Moore

    It is the simplest message and universal phrase of nature, generous gesture by MM!Recommend

  • Chauhan
    Dec 21, 2015 - 5:32PM

    If we are all Muslims, why was the need for partition of Indian sub continent?Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2015 - 6:43PM

    Miss Puerto Rico is too young to understand the implications of her statement and tweets. Frankly, she’s buoyed by her victory and bit off more than she can chew. It does not bother me in the least bit. Have a nice day, Ms. Destiny Velez. SalamsRecommend

  • G. Din
    Dec 21, 2015 - 7:34PM

    Now, who will answer for bullying her and then radicalizing her. Newton’s Third Law: “Every action is the cause of a reaction”. If Muslims can get radicalized, so will the non-Muslims. Donald Trump’s poll figures have been climbing and Rightist parties in Europe are burgeoning.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2015 - 7:35PM


    Correct ! You cut down honest / direct blunt and spoken people of Iraq and created ISIS out of them.

    You cut down honest / direct blunt and out spoken people of Kashmir and made Lashkars / jaishes

    You also cut down honest / direct blunt and out spoken people of Palestine and made Hamas

    Now go deal with them ! Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2015 - 7:38PM

    She is an ignorant person who was unable to handle her position as a representative of Puerto Rico. We Muslims are forgiving people. We hold no grudge towards Destiny. In return we ask her to please learn about Islam and find out for herself how wonderful a way of life it is.Recommend

  • Rationalist
    Dec 21, 2015 - 9:10PM

    I bet she puts the whole Latino community to shame. Latinos are some of the most tolerant people in America.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Dec 21, 2015 - 9:21PM

    Sure, hatred should be celebrated, we should put this cancer in society, right?
    Your Indian, I can tell from your irresponsible comment with its racist undertonesRecommend

  • Omair
    Dec 21, 2015 - 10:54PM

    Seems like more Indian Hindus than Pakistanis are reading ET.Recommend

  • Xyz
    Dec 21, 2015 - 11:24PM

    Takeaway: xenophobic comments will disqualify you from being miss Puerto Rico , but propell you to the top of the polls for the presidency of the United States!Recommend

  • An Indian
    Dec 21, 2015 - 11:38PM

    Poor naive girl. Too young to realize that in this PC world you cannot speak the truth.Recommend

  • VGP
    Dec 22, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Good girlRecommend

  • IndianDude
    Dec 22, 2015 - 12:39AM

    It appalling for with Miss Puerto Rico to have insulted the whole Muslim population. A large populations of Muslims are good human being, as the ones in India, Malaysia, Turkey etc. She should have criticized only Muslims who are intolerant violent lot, such as Pakistanis, who bring shame to Islam. Recommend

  • Because
    Dec 22, 2015 - 12:57AM

    Because Nehru opposed Gandhi’s recommendation to let Jinnah be the first PM of India. Because Muslims did not feel secure given the unfair societal and political treatment they received from the Indian National Congress. Recommend

  • Uzair
    Dec 22, 2015 - 3:38AM

    Now we know the followers of Trump and Carson: ignorant women who are willing to be objectified for fame and money.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Dec 22, 2015 - 3:38AM

    Michael Moore doesn’t know too many Muslims!Recommend

  • wb
    Dec 22, 2015 - 5:06AM

    Speaking the truth cost her her career. Every word she uttered is plain FACT, not even truth. Anyone can verify them.

    Instead she should have just said, “Islam is a religion of peace, Muslims are peace loving people.”

    Because, lies earns you money and success.Recommend

  • Kamran Sadiq
    Dec 22, 2015 - 5:55AM

    I invite Miss Puerto Rico to visit Pakistan. She will experience the inner beauty of Islam rather the false world of beauty contests. She will see that the media give a biased image of Muslims and she will see that the happiest and most contented people in the world are Muslims. Recommend

  • basil
    Dec 22, 2015 - 6:29AM

    LOL @ Chauhan.Indians always drag India into subject that has nothing to do with India.Micheal said “we are all muslims”, he has nothing to do with sub-continent.Indian partition happened decade ago, learn to live with it.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Dec 22, 2015 - 8:22AM

    Yes idiots who don’t know where their mouth is shall think twice before having a field day at offending people in the name freedom of expression or whatever crap. Learn to respect other people’s beliefs and don’t just start belittling other people just to get some cheap publicity. Don’t add fuel to the fire. World has already become a scary place and spewing venom is only going to make matters worse. Learn to respect other people as we are all humans and no one is going anywhrre. We have to coexist whether you like it or not. Love, respect and peace to all. Recommend

  • Rational
    Dec 22, 2015 - 11:09AM

    You represent the typical biased and narrow mentality, when you stereotype and categorize all people of a country as intolerant and violent. Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 22, 2015 - 2:29PM

    Inner beauty, pls don’t joke. @Kamran Sadiq: Recommend

  • Grammar Police
    Dec 23, 2015 - 4:56AM


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