UPDATE: Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., has also canceled on the Miss USA pageant for 2015, choosing not to air the event that is partly owned by Donald Trump. The move is in protest of Trump’s offensive comments about Mexicans.
“Today, the entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. announced that it is ending the Company’s business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants,” the company says in a statement. “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. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
The original story continues below.
Colombian musician J. Balvin has pulled out of the 2015 Miss USA pageant, where he was slated to perform live on July 12, because of some dubious comments made recently by Miss Universe organization owner Donald Trump, reports Billboard.
In his presidential bid announcement speech, Trump said that “the U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” the real estate mogul continued. “They’re not sending you. 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. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump later added that it’s not just from Mexico but all over South America. And Balvin doesn’t want anything to do someone so socially irresponsible.
“It was going to be my first performance on national [mainstream] television … but we’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values,” says Balvin. “This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments weren’t just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general.”
Balvin also says the political arena is generally an area he wants to stay out of, but he couldn’t keep quiet in this case.
“I think music is to have fun. It’s for people to have a good time with. I’m no savior and I’m no Robin Hood,” says the singer. “But in this case, I feel totally comfortable and responsible with my decision.”
“Mexicans, they’re known as hard workers. Here in the U.S., not everybody wants to do those kinds of jobs. I’ve lived. I know what it feels like and what they go through and how families suffer,” Balvin adds. “A comment like that is powerful.”
Billboard does add that while Balvin has given up his first mainstream TV opportunity to make a statement about Trump’s comments, he’ll soon get another chance. On July 25, he’ll perform for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games alongside Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson and Nicole Scherzinger. It airs live on ESPN.