"Can someone let the Miss Teen USA pageant know that Karlie Hay, their newly crowned winner, seems to have used the n-word on Twitter? Like, a lot?
Here’s the winner of #MissTeenUSApic.twitter.com/L0volbvEmW
The 18-year-old Hay, who was formerly Miss Texas Teen USA, won the top crown Saturday at the Miss Teen USA pageant in Las Vegas. But before the clock had even struck midnight on her reign, angry Twitter users had already begun dredging up transgressions from her past.
miss teen USA is from houston im ready to fightpic.twitter.com/QZYycMaLsH
Though Mic could not independently confirm that Hay, whose personal account is now private, wrote the tweets herself, dozens of users have screengrabbed the exchanges — and, unsurprisingly, they’re pissed off.
I can take the #missteenusa top 5 being an all white, all blonde top 5. What I can’t take is – why didn’t the winner clean up her page?
Among the disgruntled was former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford, who said that as a pageant winner herself, she couldn’t understand the lack of preparation for media attention on Hay’s part.
If u win any pageant – first things first. Clean up ur page. Cus if ur under 21 u shouldn’t b drinking&if ur WHITE the n word ain’t yo word!
Before Hay had even received her crown, the pageant had already sparked controversy over the fact that its top 5 finalists lacked diversity.
These are your TOP 5 #MissTeenUSA contestants!pic.twitter.com/qi3KJT6COb
Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunchhttps://twitter.com/missteenusa/status/759561553423142914 …
Since her tweets were brought to light, Hay has responded on Twitter with a public apology, citing "personal struggles" as the reason for the foul language:
I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work…
All that’s left to do is to sit back and wait to see if the Miss USA Organization decides to take any disciplinary action against their newly crowned queen.