Miss America On Hazing: ‘I Was Involved In Some Of Those Activities’
Kazantsev, 22, gave vague details in saying she was involved in hazing at Hofstra, while denying Monday’s Jezebel report that she had badly abused younger co-eds.
“Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved with some of those activities while I was at Hofstra,” Kazantsev told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “At the time, unfortunately, that was just the culture of the university.”
The beauty queen wrote on her blog Tuesday that she didn’t verbally or physically harm any pledges.
“I was never involved with any name-calling or use of profanity toward a girl during my time with the sorority,” Kazantsev posted.
“I was never involved in any physical hazing or any degradation of physical appearance of any kind. This has all been immensely taken out of context and manipulated purposefully because I am now in a public position.”
[su_r_sky_ad]Kazantsev says the reason she was kicked out of her sorority was centered around a bad joke in an email, but didn’t explain what the joke was. When she didn’t show up for a hearing on the matter, she was dismissed from the group.
“In the email I basically made a joke,” she said. “And that [joke] was taken out of context and forwarded to the national office.”
Asked to explain the allegedly offensive quip, Kazantsev was again vague: “That we would make the evening scary for the pledges, when that event never came to fruition and none of these things that I’ve been accused of ever happened or were ever intended to happen.”
Kazantsev claimed she was ultimately booted from Alpha Phi for blowing off a disciplinary hearing connected to the allegedly offensive email.
“At the time, it was the end of the school year,” Kazantsev wrote on her blog. “Finals, graduation, and moving to New York City were at the forefront of my concerns. Based on the fact that I did not attend this hearing that was the official reason given for my termination.”