Eye of the Beholder

October 6, 2013 at 10:56 am 14 comments


megan young

Megan Young – Philippine Daily Inquirer
 
Megan Young is a Filipino-American beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. She was born in the U.S. and moved to the Philippines at the age of 10 with her family.

She is beautiful, well mannered and talented. She deserved to win.

Unfortunately, there are some bashers out there who think otherwise.

One of them is a 26-year-old Singaporean of Indian ancestry. She posted comments in Facebook deemed to be racist and derogatory to Miss Young in particular and to the Filipinos in general. She calls herself Devina Dediva, although i’m not sure if that’s her real name.

Here are some of what the self-appointed diva said:

 
Miss Philippines is Miss World? What a joke! I did not know those maids have anything else in them. Ha ha ha.

They r poor, smelly from cleaning toilets & uneducated.

They r less privileged everywhere! M surprised one can win. What a joke those people cleaning our toilets won miss world.

Maids r not to be looked upon.

 
It’s not surprising that her comments are unleashing a torrent of criticisms from Filipino netizens all over the world. Just google ‘Devina Dediva’ and you’ll get a lot of hits.

What’s the big deal? a non-Filipino may ask. Well, the remarks she made were irresponsible, belittling, and uncalled for. They weren’t very nice to say the least.

I’ve read that some of Miss Dediva’s friends had advised her to apologize, but she remained adamant. She wrote:

“I WILL NEVER SAY SORRY. I MEANT WHAT I SAID. Good Night.”

But finally, she must have come to her senses. In her Twitter account, she apologized to Megan Young and to the Filipino people. She twitted that she was truly resentful for the things she said, which had already caused her to lose her job.

devina devida apology
 
“Please show me filipinos are willing to forgive someone,” she added. “That’s all I want. Again, I’m sorry.”

Well, I hope it’s sincere and not made just to avoid possible jail time and a fine up to S$5,000. It appears that there’s a law in Singapore strictly prohibiting its citizens from promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or class.

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  • 1. aysabaw  |  October 6, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Well, she wouldn’t say sorry if she didn’t lose her job.

    Finding out that her supervisors in Singapore were Filipinos, then what uneducated maids was she talking about.

    And to think that she was an assistant teacher, she acts like this. So what will the students learn from her? Good that she was fired.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

      aysabaw:

      hopefully, she learned her lesson. in social media, we should always be vigilant. if we aren’t careful, what we say or post might cause us trouble later.

      Reply
  • 3. JMKhapra  |  October 6, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I was looking for her name. Thanks.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

      jmkhapra:

      her real name appears to be devina sharma.

      Reply
  • 5. Ara  |  October 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I was a teacher myself and I was reminded of a colleague (teacher from India-raised in London) in an International School, who is as arrogant as hers. She is indeed an Assistant Teacher, as in assistant, her boss is a Filipino- her Supervisor and not her maid. Those Filipino guys in Singapore should be vigilant to push her case, to tame her. Obviously, she is not well educated. Just the basic education suppose to be from her parents, so court and jail will apparently tame her to live in her jungle! We may accept her apologies, if she will make a video tape and post it, not through twitter. We are not sure of her identity and her sincerity.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      ara:

      the world is full of surprises. certainly, those disparaging words couldn’t be expected from somebody who has supposedly good upbringing, who has a former filipino boss, and who appreciates the filipino nanny taking good care of her grandmother.

      Reply
  • 7. Angeline M  |  October 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    So sad that people can be so ignorant.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      angeline m:

      or just plain jealous…

      Reply
  • 9. Imelda  |  October 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Her comments were mean but I felt sorry for her, too. Many of our countrymen stooped very low when they made disparaging comments about the the lady. I hope she can begin life anew.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  October 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Imelda:

      after sowing the ill wind, she should expect to reap the whirlwind.

      Reply
  • 11. Java Girl  |  October 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    She (Devina) appears to be desperate for attention. Showed a bit of a tantrum there. Lol. Anyways, congrats to Miss World! She is indeed very beautiful! 🙂

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    • 12. plaridel  |  October 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      java girl:

      devine must be suffering from low self-esteem.

      Reply
  • 13. Amy  |  October 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Megan Young is beautiful and deserves the title! It doesn’t matter what D said.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      amy:

      it’s moot now. D has apologized.

      Reply

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