Miss Brazil denies 'racist' rant vs Miss Philippines
MANILA -- Brazil's candidate to Miss Universe, Jakelyne Oliveira, denied being behind a Twitter page criticizing Miss Philippines Ariella Arida for supposedly making a "racist" statement about Latinas.
Oliveira, via a post on her personal Facebook page Thursday night, clarified she does not have an account on Twitter. An automated translation of the post, which was in Portuguese, read as follows:
"Good afternoon from Moscow! Guys, unfortunately some people are using profiles of social networks (Facebook and Twitter) in my name and publishing false information.'
"My official profiles are that Facebook page Jaakelyne on Instagram. Don't have a profile on Twitter or any other social network... Please share this information with their networks so that more people know and be sure to follow the fake profiles."
Oliveira's Facebook account, which is tagged in the official Miss Brasil Universo (Miss Universe Brazil) page, had over 10,000 followers as of writing.
Hours earlier on Thursday, several tweets from the account @MUBrazil2013 pertained to a comment about Latinas and speaking English fluently, which were one of the subjects in Arida's recent interview on the ABS-CBN News Channel's (ANC) "Headstart."
The Twitter page, which was later set to private and subsequently deleted, used the name "Jakelyne Oliveira" as well as a photo of the Brazilian beauty queen for its profile.
"What if a Latina said people of the Philippines cannot even speak English?" one of the Twitter account's posts read. "You will be hurt, right? We just find it quite offensive."
"Some might find it offensive, but next time try to be very cautious before you open your mouth esp. [when] you are generalizing a certain race.
"When your race was being criticized you are overly sensitive, but when our race was put to shame, you are expecting us not to comment," two other tweets read.
In another tweet, @MUBrazil2013 added: "She should have tell it 'some and not all 'Latina' [community] cannot even speak English fulently, [because] it really sounds racist."
The account went on to retweet several posts, which appear to be from Filipino netizens, apologizing for the supposedly offensive comment made by Arida in her interview.
Arida's 'Latina' quip
Last Monday, the 24-year-old Laguna-born beauty was asked to address comments about her communication skills in English. Speaking with "Headstart" host Karen Davila, Arida said she had undergone several training sessions to "really express myself, to convey a message to the people."
She went on to say: "Especially, you know, Latinas cannot even speak a sentence, right? I mean, a complete sentence in English... You know, I think, it's the Filipinos who are very critical about this."
This part of the interview became the subject of radio personality Mo Twister's online tirade on Tuesday. Arida's pageant mentor, Jonas Gaffud, quickly came to the defense of the beauty queen.
Arida has since apologized for the statement on Twitter, saying, "I didn't mean to offend anyone from my last interview. I hope you guys can understand what [I'm] trying to say."
The Alaminos native is currently in Moscow, Russia for the 62nd Miss Universe pageant. Its coronation night will be held on November 9 at the Crocus City Hall.
Arida is hoping to surpass the successes of her last three predecessors in Miss Universe -- Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon -- who all finished in the international pageant's top five.