There has been a debate about whether Catriona Gray should be considered as Miss Australia or Miss Philippines.
In an interview with the American show Build Series, she set the record straight as some Australians have been claiming her as their own after she won the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant.
“I am Miss Philippines,” she stated.
“I really feel like I’m a Miss Philippines. I feel like a Filipina, a Filipino woman. It’s just so happens that when I was growing up, I was very much of an Australian. And I think you can be both because I did grow up with those two sides of the world. I thought it was funny that there was this war, like, ‘No, she’s ours, she’s practically Miss Australia.’ But I am a Miss Philippines.”
Despite the arguments, she added that she actually doesn’t mind Australia’s happiness upon her win.
“I can’t blame them for being excited, from really feeling the high spirits of the season, too. So we’ll let them have that.”
Posted by BUILD Series on Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Miss Universe 2018 is currently in New York City, attending media interviews and appearing in several television shows in America.
Miss Universe USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers and two other contestants of Miss Universe are being called out for allegedly bullying or making fun of non-English speakers in one Instagram live.
In the video, Summers can be heard joking to Miss Australia and Miss Colombia about how Miss Vietnam speaks.
“What do you think about Miss Vietnam? She’s so cute and he pretends to know so much English, and you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she [smiles and nods].”
She didn’t stop there and continued by mentioning Miss Cambodia and how she pities her because it would be “so isolating”.
“Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language.
“Can you imagine? Like Francesca said, that would be so isolating and I said yes. And I mean, just so confusing all the time… Poor Cambodia.”
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Regina George, is that you? This is basically like the most dramatic reality show, but condensed into 1 minute lol. @sarahrosesummers hopefully will prove that ignorance will not win you a @missuniverse title…whatever that means these days. This is basically what normalized xenophobia looks like. If she’s trying to show empathy, the condescending, intolerant tone tells a different story. A reminder that you’re participating in a competition in a country/continent where English is NOT the primary language. Cc: @francesca.hung @valeriamoralesd @rern_sinat (Miss Cambodia) • #sarahrosesummers #rernsinat #valeriamorales #francescahung #missuniverse2018 #missuniverse #missworld #missusa #missaustralia #misscolombia #beautyqueen #beautypageant #pageant #pageantlife #missamerica #wiwt #ootd #realityshow #meangirls #reginageorge #gossip #catty #lol #wtf #dietprada
Netizens expressed their annoyance and disappointment toward Summers.
Organizers should’ve pulled her ass out of the show along with Colombia and Australia. This pageant is also about diplomacy. And Australia aren’t you half cast too? Like you looking some kind of Asian mix. Why you acting like your whole heritage been white and English??? ⚰️ R.I.P.
Oh, this is so bad lol. But, not surprising AT ALL. Hilarious b/c her perspective of someone speaking “broken English” makes her feel superior and she’s sitting here pitying that other woman, mocking her, but that’s exactly what we all call white supremacy. •When you think you’re superior because you assume YOUR language and YOUR accent are not only better but they’re the RIGHT STANDARD.• When the truth of the matter is, if you speak more languages than just the “white-people-approved-English,” you’re actually more well-rounded because YOU CAN SPEAK MULTIPLE LANGUAGES. This girl’s personality and mind are so ugly, she needs to go, khuda hafiz. (That’s Persian for byeeeeeeeeee.)
Just a piece of white trash abroad!
how tf did she managed to get qualified as a contestant at the first place??? with that attitude??? no universe deserves that offensive trash. @missuniverse
Not rascist, consider the source, boring ignorant post, getting a bunch of follower mentality trolls worked up. DESPERATE. Stick to fashion.