Miss Earth PH compares herself to Einstein, in jest

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Posted at Oct 13 2016 05:16 AM | Updated as of Oct 13 2016 12:15 PM

MANILA - When a listener called her crazy, Miss Earth Philippines 2016 Imelda Bautista Schweighart just could not let it slide. She light-heartedly compared her tendency to laugh at the oddest moments to the intelligence of Albert Einstein, one of the most influential scientific minds of the 20th century. 

"Si Einstein po ay napagkakamalang baliw," Schweighart said in a live phone interview on radio DZMM Wednesday. "And karamihan ng mga intelligent people ay pinagkakamalang baliw, at may pagkabaliw." 

This, after she made headlines when she jokingly compared President Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler, and emphasized the Austrian heritage of the Nazi leader in front of Miss Earth Austria 2016 Kimberly Budinsky. 

She downplayed the criticisms she received as "overreactions," and said that she was fully aware of the backlash Duterte got when he himself likened his drug war to the systematic extermination of millions of Jewish people in the 1940s under Hitler's command. 

"Natatawa po ako na nasaktan siyempre," said Schweighart, when asked about the negative comments thrown at her. "Pero parang nonsense naman po for me iyung nangyari." 

"Masyado lang overreacting and sabi ko, hindi ako puwedeng maapektuhan kasi nga lumalaban pa ako eh." 

Referring to the way her "soft-joke" ballooned into a potentially career-damaging controversy, Schweighart continued: "Hindi ko po ine-expect pero aware naman po talaga ako noon pa kasi laging usapan namin iyan ng mga Austrians."

"Nagcha-chat kami sa Facebook nung mga kaibigan ko sa ibang bansa. Huwag nga daw akong magbibiro na kahit ano about it kasi nga ire-represent ko iyong bansa. Pero ako, ewan ko ba? Sorry po."

Schweighart has already sought forgiveness from those offended by her remarks, as well from Budinsky, who explained that an apology wasn't entirely necessary. 

"There was nothing to apologize for. We are really good friends, we really like each other. And there's really no big deal," Budinsky said.