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?