Target: Destiny Velez, Miss Puerto Rico 2015
Goal: Apologize for ignorant and hate-filled Twitter rant against the Muslim faith, not just for “offending people.”
A beauty pageant contestant published a slew of ignorant and hate-filled tweets against Muslims on her Twitter account. In her tweets, Destiny Velez stated, “Muslims use our constitution to terrorize USA…” Another tweet contended that Muslims cannot be compared to Jews or Christians because the Torah and Bible do not have “terrorizing agendas,” and, finally, “All what Muslims have done is … terrorize this country & many others!!!!!!.” Twitter has removed Velez’s page.
These tweets were in response to Michael Moore’s “We are all Muslim” campaign, and Velez has apologized. In her public appeal for understanding, Velez said, “I apologize to the people I have offended … I stand up against bullying. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone…”
Velez’s apology is contrived at best. She went beyond offending and bullying people. She spread ignorant and hate-filled lies, perpetuating continued intolerance against a peaceful people. Demand Velez apologize for calling all Muslims terrorists when they are not.
Dear Ms. Velez,
If you were trying to show that you possess a well-rounded knowledge of religion and international relations, you failed miserably. Contrary to your Twitter rants, Muslims do not “… terrorize USA & plant gas stations” or “… terrorize this country & many others,” and perhaps you need to actually read the Torah and the Bible because, yes, both encourage war.
Your apology for offending others is a thin attempt at covering up your hate-filled ignorance. Your contention that you are not a bully is laughable. Perhaps you should take another course in etiquette–attacking those of a certain faith is not okay. It’s bigoted.
Think about your words, Ms. Velez, and if you cannot understand how hypocritical they were, talk with one of your “handlers.” Maybe they can explain to you what you’ve done wrong. Then, kindly issue a sincere apology to peaceful Muslims everywhere.
[Your Name Here]
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