The Miss USA 2015 pageant is in trouble following controversial statements partial-owner Donald Trump made about immigration during his announcement that he’s running for president.
NBC will air the pageant on Sunday, July 12, and has issued a statement saying that they do not agree with Trump’s remarks where he said Mexican immigrants are, for the most part, problem-causing rapists and drug dealers.
“Donald Trump’s opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration,” the network tells Zap2it.
But is disagreeing with Trump enough to keep the pageant on the air this year? In less than 24 hours the show has lost two co-hosts, a musical performer and a major broadcast partner.
Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian De La Fuente, slated co-hosts for the Spanish-language broadcast of the pageant, both pulled out of the show on Thursday (June 25). Singer J Balvin canceled his scheduled performance in the pageant — which would have been his U.S. mainstream TV debut — earlier on the same day.
Univision joined the talent, ending its business relationship with the Miss Universe organization entirely because of Trump’s remarks.
NBC did not comment on whether Trump’s statements were enough for them to pull out of the pageant as well, which could mean they’re taking a wait-and-see approach whether or not the Miss USA ship is sinking.
It’s possible that the controversy will die down after a few days and talent is always replaceable. However, if advertisers start pulling their support for the pageant, a real conversation about whether the show should go on should begin.