Sometimes, it takes a beauty pageant to really expose the ugly side of certain people.
Literally from the second Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America
Sunday night - becoming the first Indian-American to win the title - racist trolls flooded Twitter with shockingly ignorant comments.
Many spewed complaints that the new Miss America is "Arab" (Davuluri is of Indian descent) or a "non-American" (Davuluri was born and raised in New York, which Showbiz
Tonight confirms has been a U.S. state since 1788). Former Miss Rhode Island USA,
Claudia Jordan, tells Showbiz Tonight
she knows how Davuluri feels. When Jordan was a 17-year-old beauty queen competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant in Mississippi, she says she endured taunts of "N-----, go home!" from townspeople.
Of the racial backlash Davuluri now faces, Jordan says: "I find it ridiculous that certain nationalities are okay and that's American and others are not. It's ridiculous. It's embarrassing." Watch Showbiz Tonight
to find out what Jordan has to say about the "keyboard gangsters" who use Twitter to spew hatred at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.