A Facebook user who uses the profile name “Devina DeDiva” incurred the ire of netizens over racist remarks made after Philippine bet Megan Young won the Miss World crown on Saturday.
The Facebook user tagged the Philippines as a country of domestic helpers. The online rants made it to the websites of several news outfits, including Channel News Asia’s “Your News” segment. CNA is based in Singapore, where DeDiva supposedly lives, according to her site. (The Inquirer sought the Facebook user for comment but had not received a
response at press time.)
DeDiva became the target of a hate page that peaked with over 20,000 likes before it disappeared from cyberspace. At least four more hate pages sprung up after the page vanished.
Filipino celebrities, including fellow beauty queens, rushed to Young’s defense.
Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005, suspects the Facebook user only wanted attention. “I read her Facebook page… [Perhaps] she did that because she knew that Filipinos supported each other and … maybe thought she’d gain followers and/or haters by attacking Megan. We should just dismiss her and not give her the fame that she craves.”
Quigaman praised Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs): “We are a country of beautiful, smart and loving maids, nurses, teachers, doctors and beauty queens… No one can take that away from us.”
Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss World 1993 Second Princess, agreed: “Haters are always going to hate. It’s not because of what’s around them; it’s what’s within them. Simply ignore [them]. I laud our OFWs who work hard to give their families a better life, a brighter future. Let’s spread peace, love and positivity instead.”
Evangeline Pascual, Miss World 1973 first runner-up, remarked: “Anyone who puts down other people is already [down in the dumps].” see more