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Miss Virginia has been accused of going on a homophobic tirade against her roommate Derek Powell, but both she and the pageant say that the claim is unfounded and that there is no reason for that to be true.

If it is though, that sucks, Nikki Poteet.

If it isn't true, then those trying to throw shade at her name are doing a pretty terrible thing too.

Here's what Nikki said:

"It is unfortunate that, during my last days as Miss Virginia USA, individuals would make these accusations against me, as I currently, and will continue to, show respect and support for diversity throughout the Commonwealth. Those that know me will agree that these accusations are inconsistent with my character and the reputation that I have built thus far, not only as Miss Virginia USA, but as an educated, hard-working, independent woman."

Here's what the pageant had to say:

“We take those accusations seriously and have looked into this. Sadly, the claims are here say and unsubstantiated and therefore the article should never have been published. Nikki has been a terrific titleholder and has made many appearances across the state and beyond during her year of service. We have only received praise and good press from many people and organizations, as she has worked diligently as Miss Virginia USA 2011 and we will miss her greatly.”

We're not positive how you can "look into this" in any way other than just asking Nikki, "Hey, so, um, did you say these things?"

Which could easily be answered with a "nope" and then where do you go with your investigation anyway?

Here's the response from one of the witnesses, who somehow loses credibility by being one of the people attacked and because he's a friend:

“I was there to witness her actions Saturday night and was one of the ones she actually put her hands on and called a ‘faggot.' The text message in the article is from her cell phone number and she has yet to apologize for any wrong doing.”

The pageant's response:

“I have heard Nikki’s side and I read your message. I imagine those that agree with you are your friends and it is a your group against Nikki and Aaron. So, since I was not present, I cannot make a judgment. I do not agree with slurs or violence and we of course take such accusations seriously. I am gay and I love Nikki and I firmly believe she is not homophobic. I am aware that she has not gotten along with her roommates for many months, so I question the motives of whoever sent the story to be published. It appears rather vindictive and serves no good purpose.

Um, it serves a good purpose if she did it — which you weren't able to find definitively if she didn't!

But, like we said, it IS totally possible that she didn't. We're not even leaning one way or the other. We just don't agree with how the pageant is handling it. This — "I am gay and I love Nikki and I firmly believe she is not homophobic." — is not being impartial regardless of who is right and who is wrong at this point, and as the institution it's your duty not to choose sides based on personal opinion if something like this comes up! It's a huge deal and a huge accusation!

They should just stick to the fact that nobody can prove it either way, unfortunately, and that that's just where they'll have to leave it.

How do U think they should handle this??

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15 comments to “Miss Virginia Claims Homophobic Attack Isn't In Her Character”



  1. 1

    This is Miss Virginia USA, not Miss Virginia. This contestant is affiliated with the Miss USA pageant system. Miss Virginia is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. Sounds similar, but very different organizations.



  2. 2

    I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. The roommate could simply be dragging her name though the mud. Who knows?

  3. buck says – reply to this


    3

    sounds like some faag is simply trying to grab 15 minutes of fame.



  4. 4

    No one takes these pageant queens seriously anyway - most of them are fake, like this chick. Why would the roomie make it up? Doesn't make sense.



  5. 5

    did you just say "throw shade at her name"????Your not black, your not hiphop, and your not young. You sound like such a fucking idiot. Talk like a fucking grownup you justin bieber wannabe homo.



  6. 6

    If she's truly homophobic, then why would she choose to have a gay roommate? This doesn't add up.



  7. 7

    Why is this news?

  8. ptay says – reply to this


    8

    Re: Scotty – ha true



  9. 9

    OK, this is Mario at his dumbest. What is the easiest way to cause a problem…claim some one is racist or prejiduce or a bigot or as in this case a homophobe. Two people have a fight…one of those people is famous or has the "public eye". What's the best way to get back at someone???? Chose political incorrectness.

    No one cares what your opinion is Mario. You are a gossip queen. Get off the gay soap box because you wouldn't know impartiality if it hit you in the face. Of course the pagent can choose sides and what better defense than for a gay man or woman to claim that he/she has never seen this side of the "defendent" That says a lot for her, and very little about the roomie who already had a beef with her. For once in your life Mario, why not open your eyes and see that some gays have an agenda and can cause just as much trouble as the white women who claims the black man assulted her or the woman who claims the celebrity is her baby daddy. STFU.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    10

    Ahem…she doesn't live in 'the Commonwealth.' Another brain surgeon.



  11. 11

    Re: @v@ – Virginia is known as the Commonwealth of Virginia…so yeah she does.



  12. 12

    Re: buck

    I have a feeling that *you* are the roommate.



  13. 13

    Karma is a bitch. I went to school with this girl and my friend and I were personally harassed and bad-mouthed. She's just another sorority snob. For whatever reason, she didn't like me and made it clear. She even went as far as threatening to beat me up and call the police lol. I was really upset that she was what represented our state, because her actions did not reflect what her title stood for. I truly believe the guy in this situation and its sad that we cant see the evidence and people dont believe him. If there was a text from her cell phone number…how does that not prove something???

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    14

    Re: prepstige – Thks for the local heads up. I'm far, far away, in The Commonwealth.



  15. 15

    As I understand the situation, she was sloppy drunk when she returned home to find her gay room mate entertaining his friends. Alcohol lowers a person's inhibitions, as we all know. I think the more important thing to consider in passing judgement on her royal highness is the example she sets by abusing alcohol. What she said was a product of drinking to excess. She really isn't all that special. At least she didn't vomit on the couch.