Roselyn Sanchez, Cristián de la Fuente and singer J Balvin have all decided to no longer participate in Miss USA 2015. The decision comes after the offensive and inappropriate comments that Donald Trump made on June 16 regarding Mexicans and immigrants during his speech when he announced his candidacy for president.
Sanchez, of Puerto Rican descent, who was set to co-host the event with de la Fuente, posted an image of the Mexican flag on her Instagram with a message for all her Latino fans:
“As a Latina, proud of my roots, culture and everything we have contributed to this nation, I have decided to cancel my participation as co-host of the Miss USA pageant. I cannot tolerate the inappropriate and disrespectful words that came out of Mr. Donald Trump. It’s shocking that in a speech where he is announcing his presidency he would have a lapse of intelligence and decency. Mexicans, like every other Latino, contribute to this great nation in a positive way. We are the force that keeps this nation afloat. I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the co-host of this great event, in which many Latinas have shined, but what I care about most is the loyalty to my people. We must put a stop to racism and ‘influential’ people underestimating us.”
De la Fuente, Chilean actor and producer, also scheduled co-host the annual event, uploaded a video blasting Trump for his ignorance.
“Mr. Trump, as a Latino I cannot work in an event associated with your name. The statements you made against Mexicans and immigrants show that you are ignorant. It is unacceptable to launch your presidential candidacy creating rhetoric of hatred and discrimination in calling Mexicans drug traffickers and rapists. It’s a shame that such an important institution as Miss USA is now in the hands of a clown ”
A day before, Colombian singer, J Balvin, also tweeted out his anger towards the multimillionaire, letting his fans know that he would no longer be performing during the broadcast of Miss USA.
“Donald Trump. You went too far with your comments regrading Mexicans. As Latinos we deserve to be respected.”
Things are getting heated for Trump and his relationships with Latinos in the industry. On Thursday, June 25 Univision informed the public that they would no longer be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.