Eye of the Beholder
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:
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.
“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.