The rapper has joined the likes of Cheryl Burke, Emmit Smith and Roselyn Sanchez to back down from the beauty pageant
Flo Rida is reportedly pulling the plug on his scheduled performance at the annual Miss USA pageant amid controversy surrounding Donald Trump's derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants on June 25.
The rapper has joined the likes of Cheryl Burke who has also backed out of her hosting duties, NFL Emmit Smith who dropped out as judge on the pageant as well as actress Roselyn Sanchez whom in her statement on Facebook on June 29 said: ''I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as co-host of this great event in which many Latinas have shone, but I have more loyalty to my people. Enough with racism and 'influential' people underestimating us."
However, host Jeannie Mai won't quit the competition. "While I absolutely do not condone Mr. Trump's statements, after careful deliberation I have decided to continue my role as co-host of the upcoming Miss USA Pageant," she says in a statement.
"For the past several years, I have been co-hosting both Miss USA and Miss Universe aligned to support President Paula Shugart. I can't abandon these women when they need our support now more than ever.The mission of the Miss Universe organization has always been to unite women from all over the world and celebrate different cultures,'' she continues.
"They empower women to become role models in their communities in order to build self-esteem and advance philanthropic initiatives," she adds. "It is truly unfortunate that recent events have overshadowed the amazing work these women have been doing, but the goals of their organization have not changed."