miss universe pageant 2013 philippines ariella arida apology gi Miss Universe Philippines contestant Ariella Arida apologizes for Latinas insult

A Filipina contestant in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, Ariella Arida, has apologized for an offensive remark made against Latinas. Arida got in trouble for an interview in which English communication skills were addressed.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart, Arida answered a question about her own abilities in English with the following statement: “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.”

Arida also said that she was herself trying to improve her language skills and ability to express herself in English.

After Internet commentators began to complain about the insult, Ariella Arida posted the following apology on her Twitter account on Monday (Oct. 21):

“OM sorry. I didn’t mean to offend anyone from my last interview. I hope you guys can understand what I’m trying to say.”

So was this an incredibly ironic mistake, or was the beauty pageant contestant purposefully expressing an offensive opinion?


Posted by:Laurel Brown