The Miss USA team is getting even smaller! Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, who were to be co-hosts of the Spanish simulcast of Miss USA 2015, have stepped down from their roles due to Donald Trump's anti-immigrant speech.
Talking via Facebook, Devious Maids actress Sanchez wrote a message in Spanish to explain her decision, declaring herself to be proud of her Latin roots, her culture, and everything Latin people had contributed to the United States. She said she could not tolerate Trump's “disrespectful and hurtful” words.
"I was very excited and proud to have been invited to participate in Miss USA, but as a Latina, that is now inconceivable," she added in a statement. "Although I am not Mexican, I am Puerto Rican and a proud Latina, and his comments were an insult to our culture. I won't sponsor anything produced by Donald Trump."
Trump's depiction of immigrant Mexicans as criminals and rapists has caused widespread outrage. Ricky Martin reacted via Twitter on Thursday, June 25, telling the Celebrity Apprentice star, "There’s much hatred and ignorance in your heart @realDonaldTrump."
De la Fuente also took to social media to explain his decision for pulling out of the pageant, posting a video on Facebook.
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 #MISSUSA is now in the hands of a clown " See more at http://goo.gl/hdj3cVDonald J. Trump Como latino no puedo trabajar en un evento asociado a su nombre… las declaraciones que hizo contra los mexicanos, contra los inmigrantes, demuestran que es un ignorante. Es inaceptable que se lance a la presidencia creando una retórica de odio y discriminacion al tildar a los mexicanos de narcotraficantes y violadores… Es una pena que una institucion tan importante como MISS USA este hoy en manos de un payaso
Posted by Cristian de la Fuente on Thursday, June 25, 2015
"It is unacceptable to launch a presidential candidacy created on a rhetoric of hatred and discrimination in calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists. It is a shame that such an important institution as Miss USA is in the hands of a clown," he said.
NBC, the network who is set to broadcast the beauty pageant live from Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, July 12, released a statement late on Thursday, distancing itself from Trump's incendiary remarks.
"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 said.
Trump, for his part, is defending himself. On Thursday the mogul tweeted: "Mexican gov doesn’t want me talking about terrible border situation & horrible trade deals. Forcing Univision to get me to stop – no way!…Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico… I love Mexico but not the unfair trade deals that the US so stupidly makes with them. Really bad for US jobs, only good for Mexico."