Univision Severs Ties with Donald Trump Over Racial Comments

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: June 26, 2015
News Source: Latin Times

Univision, an American Spanish language broadcast television network, has severed its business ties with Donald Trump, "...with the Miss Universe Organization and any other projects tied to the Trump Organization," over Trump's racial insults aimed at Mexicans, the Latin Times reported, in the process cancelling the telecasting of the Miss USA 2015 beauty pageant slated in July.

Mexicans comprise one of Univision's largest, important parts of its audience. "Today the entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. announced that it is ending the Company’s business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants," the network said in a statement.

The remarks from Donald Trump, deemed racist, disrespectful and causing stir among the Latin community, came about when he announced he was running for president: ""When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems," he said. "[Mexican immigrants] are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting. I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

Latin Times reported too that in view of the racist comments, singer J Balvin also announced he was stepping down from the event he was scheduled to perform at. “It was going to be my first performance on national [mainstream] television,” Balvin told Billboard. “We’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values. This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments weren’t just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general.”

Meanwhile, Trump reacted to news of Univision's decision to cancel the upcoming beauty pageant telecast saying "I'm going to have to sue Univision now... They have a signed contract," he said. At another point Trump said, "They'll have to pay me a lot of money." <a href="money.cnn.com/2015/06/25/media/univision-donald-trump-mexicans/" target="_blank">Read More...</a>

In a civilized, diverse society, wealth and power are not a license to trample on the dignity of others through careless speech, and there are indeed more effective ways to communicate others' reality, good or bad, without resorting to what may be construed as name-calling or racial slurs.

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