Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, faced a backlash after being accused of making fun of two Miss contestants Universe: Miss Vietnam, H'Hen Nie and Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat.
Then Summers apologized for his actions in a statement on his Instagram page.
The incident was captured in a video on Ms. Colombia's Instagram account, Valeria Morales.
In the video, Summers talks about Nie's lack of English and imitates her against Morales and Miss Australia, Francesca Hung.
"She's very cute and pretends to know a lot of English, and then you ask her a question after having a full conversation with her, and she leaves [smiles and nods]," Summers said, laughing. .
Summers laughed and added: "She is adorable". Morales then asked Summers to repeat his imitation, which he did.
Then he turned his attention to Sinat and said: "Miss Camboya is here and does not speak English." … Not a single person here speaks your language. You can imagine? Francesca said it would be very isolated, and I think so, and that I'm always confused. "
He added:" Poor Cambodia. "
Many social media users expressed outrage at the now viral video.
"Miss EE. UU Do you speak any other language that is not your mother tongue? "How is that different from Mrs. Vietnam and Ms. Camboya only speaking their own language?" Wrote one commenter. "How embarrassing the other two ladies who agree with her. I hope they will be disqualified soon. "
" Regina George, is that you? "The minds behind Instagram's fashion account Diet Prada said on Thursday." This is basically what appears to be standardized xenophobia.If she is trying to show empathy, the condescending and intolerant tone tells a different story.A reminder that she is participating in a competition in a country / continent where English is NOT the primary language. "
The account also pointed to a hashtag in the Summers Instagram biography: # ifyoudon'thaveanythingnicetosaydontsayanythingthingall.
Summers issued an apology for his comments on Thursday, saying that he simply "intended to admire the courage of some of my sisters" and "would never attempt to hurt another. "
@MissUniverse is an opportunity for women from all over the world to learn about each other's cultures, life experiences and opinions, we all come from different backgrounds and We can grow up next to each other. "At a time when I tried to admire the courage of some of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as disrespectful and I apologize. My life, my friendships and my career revolve About me as a compassionate and empathetic woman I will never pretend to hurt another I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia and H'Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience These are the moments that matter most to me [one 9459018]
The organizations Miss USA and Miss Universe have not yet issued statements on the subject.