A beauty pageant contestant broke the stereotype and issued a statement calling out censorship as her generation’s greatest threat.
During the Miss New Jersey 2021 contest on Saturday, participant Justine Brooke Murray stunned spectators when she discussed how encroaching censorship is destroying free speech.
“What is the most important issue your generation is facing today and why?” a panelist asked Murray.
“Our generation is experiencing an epidemic of censorship and entitlement. And it’s because our professors and our celebrities are teaching students to be narcissists, to believe that any of you that differs from their own is an existential threat,” Murray responded.
“And this is what I experienced on my own campus with censorship to the point where people believe that speech is violence so that they can threaten other people with violence, simply because they disagree with them.”
Murray was allowed to elaborate on her own experience encountering censorship on her college campus during a follow-up “social impact pitch” segment.
“Free speech – it is listed first under the Bill of Rights for a reason. Without it, all other liberties crumble. But today, we’re watching free speech get hammered to the ground by the very institutions that are supposed to promote diversity of thoughts,” Murray stated.
“The mere words ‘I’m offended’ are now being used as an excuse to silence students, fire professors and cancel people simply because they do not know the popular line of thought,” she added.
“And that’s what I experienced — an Orwellian phenomenon, dominating my own campus to the point where it got borderline violent.”
“But through the Miss America organization, I will promote Miss New Jersey, as Miss New Jersey, by empowering the voices of young women who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in and become a voice to be reckoned with,” she said.
While Murray did not win, she acknowledged she “wouldn’t have changed a single word,” in a tweet Sunday.
Considering Murray’s background, her speech shouldn’t be too surprising given she works for pro-liberty organization One America News.