Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent; racist tweets flow
- Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America
- The tweets that followed were mostly about her heritage
- The 24-year-old Syracuse native wants to be a physician
(CNN) -- No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet.
"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one.
"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another.
Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.
But the tweets that followed the 2014 pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night didn't focus on how it's the second consecutive year that a Miss New York has taken the crown, or about the judge's questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus and Syria).
They were about Davuluri's heritage.
"Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must've made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote," vented one person.
Not that it bears pointing out, but Davuluri's not a Muslim -- and the president didn't have a vote.
The 24-year-old Davuluri, who's from Syracuse, competed on a platform of "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency." For the talent portion, she performed a classical Indian dance fused with Bollywood moves.
Davuluri's father is a physician. And she wants to be one too. She once battled bulimia, according to a profile of her on syracuse.com.
Being a trailblazer isn't easy. When Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA in 2010, she faced a nasty backlash as well. Fakih is of Lebanese descent, and many were quick to try to link her to the militant group Hezbollah.
In Davuluri's case, many tweeters wasted no time connecting her to terrorism.
Others invoked the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Yes, really.
For her part, Davuluri didn't immediately respond.
But many, turned off by the reaction, turned off Twitter and turned in for the night.
But there were plenty who came to her defense.
And finally, there were those who tweeted variations on "Deal with it!"
Well said, Maria, well said.