WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Miss Universe contestant has been called out for bullying after a now-expired Instagram Live video made the rounds in the internet.
- Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, was under fire after she made fun of other contestants’ poor English language skills.
- The competition was held in Thailand with the crown being won by Miss Philippines.
Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, has been widely criticized just days before taking the stage in the just concluded Miss Universe pageant. She was accused of mocking fellow contestants Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia for their poor English language skills.
Twenty-four-year-old Summers has since apologized for what social media users describes as bullying and racism. She said that she “would never intend to hurt another”.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Summers made the comments alongside Miss Colombia Valeria Morales and Miss Australia Francesca Hung in an Instagram Live video on Morales’ account.
The video clip starts with Summers asking Morales and Hung: “What do you think about Miss Vietnam?”
“She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes (nods and smiles),” Miss USA said of Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie.
Summers then laughs and calls Miss Vietnam “adorable”.
When Morales asked her, she imitates Nie again by nodding and smiling.
The contestants also talked about Miss Cambodia Nat Rern who also does not speak any English, and “not a single other person speaks her language”.
Miss USA said that situation as isolating and confusing, and says: “Poor Cambodia.”
Immediately after the video surfaced, including on popular Instagram account diet _prada, Miss USA was widely criticized.
Summers responded to the controversy on Thursday, issuing an apology on her Instagram account.
“In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize,” she wrote.
“My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another. I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H’Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me.”
To soothe tensions online, Miss Cambodia shared group photos taken with Summers, Morales, Hung and Nie, which show the five of them all smiles and hugging.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray eventually won the prestigious Miss Universe crown.