Tila Tequila has made headlines with her offensive and inappropriate tweets for years. This time, it was the last star when the reality star posted a series of neo-Nazi tweets.
The former social media star found herself in the midst of a Twitter suspension on Monday, Nov. 21, following a series of neo-Nazi tweets that increased social media interest over the weekend. Tequila attended a conference that included white nationalists in Washington, D.C. At the conference, the 35-year-old former singer posed for a vote in which she and two other men proudly performed the Nazi salute.
“Seig [sic] heil,” she wrote in the caption on Twitter.
Are we just going to ignore that Tila tequila became a nazi or like pic.twitter.com/4SZwOo3Jl6
— ree (@intercourpse) November 21, 2016
On Monday, following her tweet, it was discovered that the photo was taken at Maggiano’s Little Italy. The company has since apologized on their Facebook Page for hosting the conference, an event that “resulted in hateful sentiment.”
“The protestors were upset because of a banquet we were hosting for a group called the National Policy Institute (NPI),” the statement read. “This was a last minute booking made Friday afternoon, and the reservation was made under a different name, therefore we were not aware that NPI was dining with us or what the group represents. After the event, an attendee sent a tweet in which she made a ‘Sieg Heil salute’ in support of Hilter and white supremacy. This expression of support of Hilter is extremely offensive to us, as our restaurant is home to Teammates and Guests of every race, religion and cultural background.”
Tequila, a Donald Trump supporter, has a long history of pro-Nazi leanings, according to the Huffington Post. While she admitted in the past that she is not “a racist or anti-Semitics and absolutely not 100% a Nazi supporter,” she recently described herself in her Twitter bio as an “Alt-reich Queen! Literally Hilter!”
Richard Spencer, who leads the white supremacy organization National Policy Institute and invented the term “alt-right,” has also had his Twitter account removed. The social media site recently announced that it would make changes to remove the increasing amount of hate speech and troll users found on the site.
Tila Tequila’s account has been suspended. One down and thousands to go. pic.twitter.com/82p0Pxum1P
— OperationFerrisWheel (@OpFerriswheel) November 22, 2016
Tequila, whose’s real name is Tila Nguyen, became famous on MySpace in the early-to-mid-2000s. Her claim to fame is starring on MTV’s A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila. She used her social media platform to become a model and singer. Unfortunately, her star fell when she became a neo-Nazi supporter after her reported drug addiction, the death of her fiancee, and her conversion to Judaism in 2012.
“As time passed, I started to become more and more fascinated with Kabbalah, the culture, and the way of life of the reform Judaism religion,” she told TMZ that year. “I just feel like the Jewish people have such a beautiful way about them, and I can’t wait to officially be Jewish! Shabbat Shalom.”
A year later, Tequila’s views did a complete 180 when she posted a photo of herself in front of Auschwitz, wearing a Nazi armband on her Facebook page.
She told The Daily Beast that she has become more conservative in her views since becoming a mother for the first time.
“I’m becoming more conservative ever since I became a mother,” she continued. “I wouldn’t want porn all over the internet [for instance] …Law and order, I think that’s very important to have. Most people are so used to being all about their ‘freedom,’ so they becomes these little crybabies. They can’t live by laws and rules. Civilization needs to be civilized.”
Tequila denied that she and her friends were doing the Nazi salute. She referred the sign as the “Roman salute,” and added that they were just joking around with the internet. Tequila also denied to The Tab the claims that she’s a neo-Nazi and stated that she just wanted to show up to a Nazi event since she’s Vietnamese-American and assumed it would be shocking. However, it did sound like she supported the neo-Nazi movement.
“I like to be a bit more fun. And a lot of people are missing out on that point. We’re actually preserving the freedom to be able to speak online and do these things, that’s important. Just as protesters have the right to protest, we have the right to things like that.”
As for Tequila’s previous comments about Jewish people, she insists she was only “trolling” at the time. She doesn’t understand why the entertainment industry is owned by them and why everyone is so focused on Jewish people and Israel.
Now that Tila Tequila’s Twitter account has been suspended, will she return back to MySpace?
“I don’t miss it, because it’s still my space,” she said. “this is all my space, I’m still living it in it. It’s true,” she added, not fully understanding the question.
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