Miss Teen USA from Texas criticized for repeatedly using racial slur on Twitter

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay (C) reacts as Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) and Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik (R) crown Hay Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Karlie Hay is crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On Saturday, former Miss Texas Teen USA Karlie Hay from Houston was crowned Miss Teen USA 2016. But by night’s end, people on social media had begun posting some questionable tweets from Hay’s past.

According to Mic, Twitter users found numerous old tweets from Hay, who is now 18, in which she used the N-word. As Mic points out, we can’t independently confirm the tweets in these screen captures were posted by Hay because her personal account is now locked as private.

https://twitter.com/VaultJosh/status/759613959989239808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/omgadina/status/759618036194304000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

But after news of the resurfaced Tweets broke out, Hay issued an apology on her Miss Texas Teen USA account.

Former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford also joined in on the conversation, stating she couldn’t understand why no one bothered to prepare Hay for media attention.

Kanye West confused Texas fans, announced ‘Famous’ screening in Houston that didn’t happen

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. West and Adidas are expanding their partnership that began almost two years ago with retail hubs for his Yeezy products and additional sportswear designs. The sportswear company announced the collaboration on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and described it as the most significant partnership between a non-athlete and an athletic brand. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

On Friday, Kanye West posted a series of tweets announcing pop-up viewings of his latest music video “Famous” all around the U.S. — including two in Houston. Similar to the way he debuted the controversial video in New York City, the video was expected to be projected on the walls of city buildings.

According to Twitter’s time stamp, West tweeted at 9:13 p.m. “Famous viewings in Houston starting @9:30PM Texas Avenue and Jackson Street South Main Street and Fondren.”

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/749063495338065920

Basically, West gave Houstonians all of 17 minutes to get to the screening, which many pointed out wasn’t enough time. West didn’t seem to take time zones into account with his posts, giving people in Philadelphia only a two minute heads up.

The really strange thing about all of this is that no one seemed to be able to find these screenings. Houston fans kept tweeting about searching for the videos on the intersections West posted but came up with nothing. Similar situations happened in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Miami. It’s still a little unclear if the video screened anywhere at all.

West also made his video available on YouTube Friday. Here’s what Houston fans had to say to West’s tweet:

https://twitter.com/Gretchen_Flores/status/749076777809514496

https://twitter.com/G0Dflow/status/749073215985623041

https://twitter.com/Mitch_L18/status/749078375101149184

Willie Nelson and Lance Armstrong spent an afternoon on a golf cart

Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson spend the afternoon playing golf. Photo via @lancearmstrong
Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson spend the afternoon playing golf. Photo via @lancearmstrong

Lance Armstrong casually posed with Austin royalty Willie Nelson for a photo and posted it on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

In the photo, the duo appears to be spending the sunny day out and about at a golf course, driving around in a cart. Armstrong captioned the photo “Hangin’ with Willie.”

It’s common-knowledge the two Austinites are friends. Armstrong’s Twitter feed frequently mentions Nelson, whether it’s a birthday shoutout or about the current song he has on blast. And this isn’t the first time the world champion cyclist and musician have been pictured together.

In 2013, Armstrong posted a photo on Facebook with Nelson after they had dinner stating “Fun dinner with Annie and Willie Nelson. Lost my Mellow hat to Willie tho. Great man, great friend, great Texan.”

Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson pose together after having dinner in 2013. Photo via @lancearmstrong
Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson pose together after having dinner in 2013. Photo via @lancearmstrong

Recently, Armstrong’s life story was told in the film “The Program,” which was released in theaters and video on demand in March. It dramatizes his battle with testicular cancer, his seven times winning the Tour de France and his confession to doping.

Nelson, whose Twitter feed has been filled with his other numerous celebrity hangouts including actor Kevin Spacey, has been busy playing Austin stages and hosting parties at South By Southwest. He will be part of a new installment of PBS’ “American Masters,” which follows the story of country super group The Highwaymen. The documentary, featuring Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, will be releaed in May.

What we really want to know about their day out on the green: Who beat whom?

Whataburger and Texas State social media combine for the perfect Twitter exchange

Whataburger and Texas State University combined to reach peak Twitter this week.

The social media-savvy burger chain and the frequently viral San Marcos school traded some banter Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

Courtesy of Whataburger
Courtesy of Whataburger

“No, I don’t know what I want to major in.. I don’t even know what I want from Whataburger,” the first Whataburger tweet reads.

Texas State’s reply came a few hours later, urging them to get on with their choice. Apparently, whoever runs the social account for the university loves double meat Whataburgers.

The exchange ended with Whataburger thanking Texas State for their meal advice.

The brief conversation is merely the latest in a month full of viral moments for both companies. Whataburger masterfully trolled Kanye West shortly after his new album dropped last week, and Texas State made headlines twice in February for some interesting student antics.

 

 

Whataburger’s Twitter is the celebrity accountability tool we need

It’s been a big week for Kanye West.

His new album, “The Life of Pablo,” dropped late Saturday exclusively on music-streaming service Tidal. The album has been getting great reviews, but most of the headlines mentioning Yeezy this week have nothing to do with music. And Whataburger was there to capture it all, according to Revelist.

OCTOBER 30, 2015 - Commuters look on from the Whataburger restaurant near I-35 and Texas 123 as the intersection floods stranding drivers in San Marcos, Texas, on Friday, October 30, 2015. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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It all started the day before “Pablo’s” premiere at the Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Show, when West, well-known for his use of social media, began firing on all Twitter cylinders. The Texas-based burger chain promptly fired back.

Two days later, West came under fire for the subject of some of the lyrics to “Famous,” where he took a swipe at Taylor Swift in the latest volley of a feud that’s been going on since 2009:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why, I made that b—- famous.” (West apparently thinks he made the pop singer famous when he, you know, interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.)

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/698145869720371200

Whataburger was there to monitor the hip-hop star’s actions, though.

And to her credit, Swift shot back in her Grammys acceptance speech Sunday night when she took home the Album of the Year Award for “1989.”

“There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you …” Swift said.

As if that weren’t enough, some of audio of West, leaked from backstage at “Saturday Night Live,” hit the Internet earlier this week. Highlights (lowlights?) include West calling Swift a “fake-a–,” and proclaiming himself to be “50 perfect more influential” than director Stanley Kubrick, evangelist Paul the Apostle, painter Pablo Picasso and drug dealer Pablo Escobar. (The last three names presumably factored into “Pablo’s” album title).

And who could forget West brazenly asking Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for money to “invest in Kanye West ideas”?

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/698926987281371136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The latest subtweet from Whataburger to West on Monday left things on a warmer note. The chain posted this message:

Which was probably in response to another Wonderful West Tweet:

Kanye West Tweet

This wasn’t the first time Whataburger has inserted itself into celebrity feuds. The brand famously took on the Drake/Meek Mill spat last year, and they started a beef with Wingstop shortly after the Drake battle.

Hopefully whoever is running the Whataburger’s Twitter account will keep up the good work. They’re not the superhero we need in these troubled, feuding times, but they’re the hero we deserve.

Now — time to go get a burger.