Hispanic television giant, Univision, has announced its decision not to broadcast the “Miss Universe” pageant on July 12 on any of its affiliated networks. According to the company, the pageant, financed heavily by media mogul Donald Trump’s organization, will not be aired in Mexico due to Mr. Trump’s recent inflammatory remarks regarding Mexican immigrants.
“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 company explained in a press release on Thursday.
The always-controversial Trump got himself into hot water earlier this month, when he announced his bid for President of America on June 16 in a 45-minute video rife with blatant racism and inflammatory comments. Among other interesting Trump-isms sprinkled throughout the presidential announcement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
As Trump owns the organization responsible for coordinating “Miss Universe,” it comes as no surprise that Univision, a Hispanic network, is less than eager to support the Trump Organization by airing the program. However, Trump himself has already voiced his fury at their decision, loud and clear.
“Mexican gov doesn’t want me talking about terrible border situation & horrible trade deals. Forcing Univision to get me to stop- no way!” the media mogul tweeted Thursday. “Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico. I love Mexico but not the unfair trade deals that the US so stupidly makes with them. Really bad for US jobs, only good for Mexico.”
In addition to taking his ire to the Twitterverse, Trump has already lined up plans to sue Univision for their apparent $13.5 million breach of contract with the Trump Organization. However, until further notice, Mexican “Miss Universe” enthusiasts should expect an absence of flamboyant ballgowns and charming talent competitions come July 12 – a display of Univision’s notable absence of support for Donald Trump.