Donald Trump's comments cause uncertainty over pageants
Parker Playhouse set to host Miss Florida USA Pageant
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – There's a great deal of history that fills the hallways of Tel-Air Interest in Hollywood. For decades, the production house has produced the Miss Florida USA Pageant, and come next month, it will do so again, only this time under a cloud of uncertainty.
Grant Gravitt has spent months getting the show ready. However, the controversy surrounding the pageant's owner, Donald Trump, could undo all of his work.
"Nobody's going to stand behind what was said," Gravitt said. "So what happens when the home office goes astray? We're paying for the sins of the father. This is nothing we believe in. This is nothing we endorse."
Pageant organizers aren't sure who will host the event, or if it'll be shown on television July 11, after the back-and-forth between Trump, Univision and now NBC over Trump's controversial comments about Mexicans. It now has left everyone in the pageant world treading water.
Early Monday, NBCUniversal said it would not broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant, as well as the Miss USA Pageant taking place next month.
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."
"There is certainly a lot of collateral damage in what is going on right now," Gravitt said.
Miss Miami Beach Jessica Corpancho said the comments alone were offensive, but now the fallout is punishing them even more.
"The most important thing are the girls competing and the efforts that I've put into this competition," Corpancho said. "So what I'm really looking forward to is putting on a great performance, and I think all the other girls feel the same way as well."
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