Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines smiles after being crowned, in Nusa Dua, Bali resort island on Saturday. Young, a 23-year-old model and actress, is the first Filipino to be crowned Miss World in the 63-year-old pageant. Photo by Murdani Usman, Reuters
MANILA -- A Facebook comment supposedly calling Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Filipinos "poor, filthy maids" triggered online outrage on Tuesday, as screenshots of the alleged post made the rounds on social networking sites.
"Miss Philippines is Miss World? What a joke! I did not know those maids have anything else in them," a certain Devina DeDiva was quoted as saying in the viral photos.
According to information publicly available on the attributed Facebook page in the screenshots, DeDiva used to attend Manchester University.
Supposedly posted on Monday, the status update drew several comments disagreeing with DeDiva. Her alleged account appeared to engage with the commenters, and continued to criticize Young and Filipinos.
Young, a United States-born Filipino actress, bested 126 others to win the Miss World 2013 title last Saturday. The 23-year-old Kapamilya star's victory marks the first time the Philippines clinched the crown.
Responding to a comment saying Filipino women are "cute, humble and honest," DeDiva said, "They are poor, smelly from cleaning toilets and uneducated."
"They are less privileged everywhere," she added. "What a joke those people cleaning our toilets won Miss World!"
The account went on to call Filipino girls "easy," as she challenged commenters to air their "baseless opinions."
She added: "Those of you who wrote negatively to my comment, I got one question -- who are you to stop my words when the world is democratic in freedom of speech?"
Addressing a comment saying, "We should not look down upon others," DeDiva continued, "Maids are not to be looked upon."
"They are mostly filthy maids and will be only of that status. End of story," she said.
The DeDiva Facebook page, which remained active as of writing, does not show the alleged post to users without direct connection to the account.
As screenshots of the supposed post went viral on Twitter on Tuesday, "Devina DeDiva" became the No. 1 trending topic in the Philippines on the micro-blogging site at around 3:50 p.m.
Filipino netizens cried foul over the alleged comments, with some posting photos of the woman apparently using the DeDiva Facebook page, and putting it beside photos of Young wearing a swimsuit as if to compare their physique.
A Facebook page named "Haters of Devina Dediva" was also put up amid the online spread of the "racist" comments. As of writing, the page already had over 9,100 likes.
The page's description read: "Never, even a single Filipino, deserved to be looked down... This page is for all the people who are victims of discrimination and racism."
One Pinoy netizen's tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon addressed DeDiva, saying, "Kapag ang Pinoy gumanti, lagot ka!"