Miss Puerto Rico 2015 has been suspended indefinitely for posting a series of anti-Muslim messages on Twitter.
Destiny Velez tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore last week after he launched a campaign that encouraged people to make signs saying “We are all Muslim” and post photographs of themselves holding the signs online.
Her Twitter page has since been taken down, and Velez has apologized.
CNN obtained a screen grab of the page, and among the messages she originally sent were: “Muslims use our constitution to terrorize USA & plant gas stations,” “there’s NO comparison between Jews, Christians & Muslims. Jews nor Christians have terrorizing agendas in their sacred books, and “all what Muslims have done is provided oil & terrorize this country & many others!!!!!!.”
The Miss Puerto Rico Organization issued a statement over the weekend distancing itself from her comments.
“In regards to Miss Puerto Rico, Destiny Velez’s, recent actions and conduct; the Miss Puerto Rico Organization feels that her words do not represent the integrity and esteem of our program, nor that of our board members, our sponsors and partners, or the National Organization,” it read.
“Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely. The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization.”