Mexico’s Miss Universe contestant pulls out

Mexico’s Miss Universe contestant has dropped out of the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

The decision came after US presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s June 16 “racist” remarks about Mexican immigrant people being rapists and drug runners.

His comments continue to anger the Latin American and Hispanic communities in the United States, and losing a Latin American contestant is a big setback for the pageant due to its huge popularity with these communities.

Governments of Venezuela and Mexico have both scolded Trump for his remarks. The Mexican government denounced Trump’s remarks as “prejudiced and absurd,” while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the real estate mogul a “thief.”

Venezuela continues to weight the possibility of their participating in the upcoming pageant saying it was “evaluating the situation”, but Mexico decided to pull out.

Related: Mexico’s Carlos Slim cuts ties with Donald Trump

“It’s a shame that because of his racist comments we lose what the contest has promoted and represented during so many years, which is an atmosphere of harmony and peace among nations,” former Miss Universe and Nuestra Belleza Mexico pageant director Lupita Jones wrote on Twitter.

On Tuesday, she told Radio Imaginen: “Beyond a beauty contest, a crown, what’s important is to protest in some way to defend the pride and name of all Mexicans.”

Colombian pop star Shakira joined the chorus, writing on Twitter that Trump’s comments were a “hateful and racist” attempt to divide Americans.

Several large companies have pulled the business plug on Trump after his recent rant, one of which was Mexico’s Carlos Slim. The othes include NBC, Mexico’s Televisa and US Univision. Trump has since filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision over the company’s decision to not broadcast his Miss USA pageant.

Macy’s announced Wednesday that the company plans to phase out its Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at the chain since 2004, saying it has “no tolerance for discrimination in any form.” The line includes $70 shirts and $65 ties.

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