This year’s Miss Grand International Pageant has drawn flak and sparked controversy when United States representative Emily Delgado’s performance hit the stage. She can be seen wearing what looked like a presumably Native American costume, with matching stereotypical gestures during her catwalk on the stage.
This sparked outrage and cries on social media, led by Mrs. Universe title in 2015’s Ashley Callingbull of Alberta’s Enoch Cree Nation who said in a tweet that the whole incident was a complete mockery of the Native’s held values.
Ashley Callingbull wrote in a second tweet: “It’s ridiculous how cultural appropriation is still happening in pageants... Especially when pageants give us a voice and platform to educate others. Dressing up as Pocahottie is NOT how you honour our culture. Educate yourself next time Miss USA. You look like a fool.”
“Disgusting. Anyone with Native ancestry would NOT do something THAT unbelievably ignorant. Anyone with any sort of decency, intelligence, or humanity would not even consider such an outfit. USA International entertains this kind of dehumanizing racism?” one person replied to her tweet.
Along with many others, the people on Facebook had been outraged as well, stating their various takes on the incident. “Ignorant showcasing of entitlement and dishonor to Native American Peoples in the United States. Her costume and performance is disgraceful.”
TV producer Nawat Itsaragrisil also states in response: "An end to war is an ideal objective of freedom, peace, and harmony within all of us; namely, country, religion, race, community and family because life is simply better when it is at peace,” their website reads. “Our ideal objective is an end to all forms of violence and hostility. For the sake of our children and the generations to follow, it is our duty domestically and internationally to rid the world of conflict and focus our efforts on improving the quality of life for all humanity." who said the event’s goal was to promote peace. The Miss Grand International is a pageant that had originally based on Thailand and had been since running since 2013.