The new Miss Seattle has had her crown for less than a week and is already apologizing for a Twitter rant about Seattle's incessant rain and says she didn't mean it when she carped about the city's "annoying people."
Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn was crowned Miss Seattle 2012 on Saturday night and since then tweets that the 22-year-old posted criticizing the city's rain and its residents were unearthed by a local reporter, sparking outcry online.
In December Ahn tweeted: "Ew, I'm seriously hating Seattle right now." She went on: "Take me back to az! Ugh can't stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people."
Ahn apologized for the tweets and explained to the local radio station that she had just moved from Phoenix back to Seattle and was still acclimating to the weather.
"I think I was just kind of in that down mode and it was a period…it was a culture shock to be back in Seattle," Ahn, a Seattle native, told KIRO-FM.
"I apologize for the negative connotations towards the city of Seattle and its people or any other postings when I wasn't in a positive place. Those tweets by no means reflect my actual opinions or views, I was simply having 'one of those days' and sincerely apologize to anyone who took those statements offensively."
Ahn, also a former Miss Phoenix, posted the controversial tweets from her old account @MissPhoenix 2010 on Dec. 10, 2011. Since her win, she has taken down the tweets and changed her account to @MissSeattle2012.
Miss Seattle is far from the first who has gotten in hot water for venting about her lives on Twitter. But Ahn, who will compete in the Miss Washington pageant this summer, has learned a valuable lesson of the Twittersphere.
"I will vent to someone that I will call my friends or text them if I'm feeling down or want to complain about something," she said.