Spanish language channel Univision is refusing to broadcast the Donald Trump-backed Miss USA Pageant after the hotel tycoon took aim at Mexican immigrants in his presidential announcement. The decision sends a strong message that the company will not tolerate statements bashing Hispanics.
Univision, America’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster, released a statement Thursday saying “At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country.”
The statement concluded “We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
Last week Trump held a press conference declaring his candidacy for the U.S. presidency.
In his announcement, Trump touched on the country’s immigration struggles, saying he would build walls along the Canadian and Mexican boarders. He then railed against Mexican immigrants saying they “have problems” and that they are “bringing those problems to us.”
Trump continued “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”
Latino and Hispanic public figures took offense to Trump’s statements although he also noted that some immigrants from Mexico are “good people.”
Roselyn Sanchez, the Puerto Rican singer/actress starring in “Devious Maids,” said Trump’s comments were “an insult to our culture.” Chilean Actor Cristian de la Fuente called Trump “ignorant, racist and anti-Hispanic.”
Both Sanchez and Fuente were slated to participate in the Miss USA pageant and have since withdrawn their participation.
Trump is not taking Univision’s decision lying down.
CNN Money reports that the channel is reportedly locked into a five-year contract with the Miss Universe organization, which Trump co-owns. Trump told CNN Money he stands by his statements and will sue Univision if it does not uphold its end of the agreement.
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