Canadian beauty queen calls out racist Filipino fans

Coconuts Manila
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Filipino pageant fans, this is unacceptable!

Model Nova Stevens, who is representing Canada in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, yesterday called out several Filipino fans for making fun of her appearance.

Stevens posted screenshots of the comments made by the pageant fans, which ranged from “Scary,” to “Burnt chicken.”

“With all that has been going on in the world ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘Asians are human,’ you would think this would bring us together. Instead, looks like some people are still stuck in their ignorant and racist ideologies,” Stevens said about her bashers.

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She added that she was “really disappointed” with some fans from “certain countries.”

“Your hate takes away the fun and enjoyment from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Is it really that difficult to spread love instead of hate?” she asked.

“No one is saying you HAVE to support all contestants, all we’re saying is that you support your delegate without bringing others down. You don’t need to dim someone’s light in order for you to shine,” she added.

Her tone changed, however, in a follow-up post, where she shared some of the positive messages she has been receiving from her Filipino fans. She apologized to them and said she just wanted to shed a light on the toxicity that exists in the pageant world.

“The last thing I want is for anyone to experience hate so please don’t bash or generalize the Filipino fans; not all are racist. Some of my closest friends who also happen to be some of the nicest people I know are Filipino,” she wrote.

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“In every group of people, whether black, white, green, yellow, red, purple, there are always a few bad apples. I know for a fact there is more good than evil in this world, which is why it’s important to shed light on the darkness so that our collective light can illuminate the world,” she added.

The 69th Miss Universe pageant will be held on May 16 in Florida. The Philippines will be represented by Rabiya Mateo.

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