Manchester denies ties with girl behind 'filthy maid' comment
MANILA - Manchester University has denied any ties with Facebook user Devina DeDiva, whose comments on Miss World 2013 Megan Young and other Filipinos triggered online outrage early this week.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, Manchester University said it "has been mistakenly associated with an individual Devina DeDiva today after she made racist comments regarding the recently crowned Miss World from the Philippines."
Manchester's name got dragged into the issue as the Facebook page in the screenshots that made the rounds online showed that DeDiva used to attend the university.
"To clear up any confusion, the University has confirmed that Devina DeDiva has never been a student at Manchester University (Indiana, USA). In addition, Manchester University stands as a place of differences where the community engages in respectful dialogue cultivating individual beliefs and values.
"In our accepting community, the racist comments made by this individual would not be tolerated as respectful," it said.
Screenshots of DeDiva's alleged comments about Young and Filipinos made the rounds on social networking sites early this week.
"Miss Philippines is Miss World? What a joke! I did not know those maids have anything else in them," she was quoted as saying.
"They are mostly filthy maids and will only be of that status. End of story," she added.
The words "Devina DeDiva" then became the No. 1 trending topic in the Philippines on Twitter as several Filipino Internet users reacted to her comments.
The national director of Miss World Philippines, the local organizer of the pageant, only expressed pride for Young as she was asked for comment on the issue.
"The honor is not only Megan's but the Philippines," Cory Quirino said in a statement she earlier sent to ABS-CBN News.
"We have made history and have proven once and for all that the Filipina is the most beautiful woman in the world! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas," she added.
Young, a television host and actress, is the first Filipina to have been crowned Miss World.
DeDiva loses job?
Citing an unnamed source, the Twitter account of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper reported that DeDiva cannot issue a public apology to Young and other Filipinos because "she feels victimized by cyberbullying."
In a series of "tweets," Inquirer said that DeDiva "lost her teaching job and is afraid to go to the streets."
Bits of information about DeDiva were also revealed, with the source saying that she is from "Singapore, not from India and her mom is Thailand."
DeDiva's Facebook page is deactivated as of posting.