NBCUniversal Terminates Contract With Donald Trump; Miss USA Pageant Will Happen On July 12, 2015
After a huge clamor to stop the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants for Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments calling Mexicans “rapists,” “criminals,” and “drug dealers,” finally the country’s pageant organizers have concluded that they would not send contestants to Triump’s Miss Universe pageant.
According to Us Weekly, NBCUniversal has released a report on Monday saying that it would terminate its relationship with the entrepreneur Donald Trump based on his controversial remarks on Mexicans. The report also revealed that NBCUniversal is very concerned about the respect and dignity of all people, which it considers, the cornerstones of its values.
However, Miss USA pageant is still going to happen in Baton Rouge on July 12, 2015 even after the termination of contract between NBCUniversal and Trump’s Miss Universe pageant. The 69-year old U.S. businessman Trump bought the pageant in 1996 and brokered a deal with NBCUniversal in 2002. This endowed the network with half-ownership over the organization.
The other major television broadcaster of the pageant, Univision, also terminated the contract with Trump last week. Trump, infuriated with this termination, has reacted by filing a $500 million lawsuit against Univision claiming that the broadcaster has breached the contract.
According to the lawsuit filed by Trump at the New York State Supreme Court, Miss Universe Organization and Univision, which Trump co-owns, had signed an agreement in January. The agreement stated the rights to broadcast the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and the Miss Universe competition from 2015 to 2019.
“Nothing that I stated was different from what I have been saying for many years. I want strong borders, and I do not support or condone illegal immigration,” Trump said, claiming that Univision was trying to suppress his freedom of speech.
Outraged by Trump’s racial discriminating comments, Mexican media conglomerate titled “Televisa,” which has been sending contestants to the pageants for the last couple of years announced that it would not participate in Miss Universe.
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