Last week, after he made several derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, NBC announced that it would end ties with Donald Trump.
The billionaire and NBC have shared ownership of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants which air annually on NBC. Trump is also host of the NBC show, “Celebrity Apprentice”.
During his speech on CNN, Trump announced he would run for president in 2016, joining the likes of Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie.
During Trump’s announcement he called for a plan to to build a wall in the Southern border between the United States and Mexico and made several remarks in which he called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug dealers”. Trump’s comments led to backlash from the Latino community.
Univision and Televisa, which are watched by a large Mexican and Mexican-American audience, were the first to declare they would no longer do business or endorse any of Trump’s business ventures. Serta Mattress, Macy’s, and other corporations followed with similar announcements.
The announcement from NBC Universal came after Univision’s announcement and Mexico opted out of the pageant.
“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” the statement said. NBC also confirmed that he would not return to “Celebrity Apprentice”.
Trump responded with the following statement in an interview with CNN, “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court.”
America Ferrera, who is known for her role in the hit TV show “Ugly Betty” thanked Trump for encouraging Latino voters to go to the polls.
“We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more.” The Honduran actress ended her letter which was published by the Huffington Post, urging the billionaire to “Keep it up”.
After NBC’s statement, Trump filed a $500-million lawsuit against Univision.
Out pour from the Hispanic and Latino hasn’t subdued, and many celebrities come out against Trump’s racist comments, such as Shakira, Eva Longoria, and Ricky Martin.