AceShowbiz - Panama has become the latest country to have dropped out of Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Panama Organization and the Telemetro television channel have announced that they won't participate in the annual contest this year and won't broadcast the pageant either.
They say the move is "a message of solidarity" to Mexicans, who were recently offended by Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his presidential candidacy on June 16. He said at the time, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. ... And some, I assume, are good people."
The Miss Universe contest is partly owned by Trump. Contest organizers and broadcasters in Costa Rica and Mexico have earlier announced their decisions to pull out of the international event.
Meanwhile, Miss USA which is also co-owned by Trump will go on after Univision and NBC dropped the broadcast of the pageant. Reelz has picked up the show and will air it live from Baton Rouge, Los Angeles on Sunday, July 12.