Recently, Univision decided to drop Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant from the network lineup.
Univision is the largest Spanish-language broadcaster. They decided to not air the annual Miss USA pageant next month due to the presidential candidate’s recent comments on immigration.
In a statement recently, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) lauded Univision’s decision to sever ties with Trump and urged NBC to “follow Univision’s lead.”
Members of the coalition include business, media, and cultural advocacy groups like the National Council of La Raza, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Presente.org and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, according to CNN.
Close to 200,000 people have signed a three-day old Change.org petition that calls for NBC to cut ties with Trump by dropping the Miss USA Pageant, the Miss Universe Pageant, and The Apprentice franchise.
Citing actions taken against Phil Robertson by A&E for his anti-gay views, Petitioner Guillermo Castaneda Jr. urged NBC to side for “ethics, principles and values” by dropping Trump.
“A few days ago, one of your reality show stars by the name of Donald Trump decided to announce his candidacy for the largest public position in the United States, the presidency,” wrote Castaneda. “He called Latinos … rapists drug users and criminals,” writes Entertainment Weekly.
“I am not a rapist,” Castaneda continued. “I have never taken drugs, and the worst thing I have ever done is going fast on the freeway from time to time,” continued Castaneda Jr. “I am not worth $4.1 billion, but my people spend way more than that on your advertisers. We have a voice and we decide the future of this country.”