Kesha Puts Donald Trump on Blast Over Racist, Sexist Alicia Machado Remarks
On Thursday (September 29), Kesha put GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on blast for sexist, racist and body-shaming racist comments he made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan winner of the 1996 pageant which Trump, at the time, co-owned.
"I want to give my support and respect to you, Alicia. You did not deserve to be shamed by this monster. Your body is NO ONE else's business," Kesha wrote on Instagram, under a screen cap of the New York Times piece on Machado's experiences.
"Donald Trump said that your body or weight was an issue (which makes me so sad and just sick) but, I find the real problem here being his bloated, arrogant ego and offensive, racist, misogynist verbal diarrhea," the artist continued. "He is a bully. WORDS mean something, and can be extremely hurtful and dangerous. They stay deep inside you and can affect your emotional and mental health. I know this from personal experience. They are hard, and sometimes impossible, to ever forget. Please don't let him get to you any longer, instead realize that you are a strong woman and a beautiful role model for standing up and telling the truth, even if it hurts to remember it. Much love, and mad respect."
Allegations that the controversial business tycoon referred to Machado as "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping"—the former in reference to her weight gain following winning the beauty contest, the latter in reference to her South American ethnicity—were brought up by Trump's democratic opponent Hillary Clinton during Monday's debate (September 26).
After the GOP nominee was asked about remarks he had made about Clinton not having a presidential "look," Trump went on the defense and deflected by claiming he had been talking about her overall stamina.
"He tried to switch from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs," Clinton responded. "One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest....And he called this woman Miss Piggy, then he called her Miss Housekeeping because she’s Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado, and she has become a U.S. citizen—and you can bet she is going to vote this November."
In a video released by Clinton's campaign this week, Machado talks about her experience working with Trump and Miss Universe, exposing the humiliation she faced at the hands of his reported fat-shaming and revealing, "I was very scared of him. He’d yell at me all the time. He’d tell me, 'You look ugly,' or 'You look fat.'"
The Clinton campaign also released an ad featuring Trump's previously recorded remarks rating women's looks and body parts, suggesting they could negatively impact young women's opinions of themselves.
Watch both below.
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