Miss Universe 2018: Miss USA Sarah Summers apologizes but the internet is in no mood to forgive her
Social media fired at Summers after an Instagram video surfaced of her, and two other contestants discussing Miss Cambodia's grasp of the English language.
After facing immense online criticism, Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers has apologized for her xenophobic comment on fellow Miss Universe contestant Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat. In an Instagram post, Summers said, "In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize. My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another," she said alongside a photograph of Summers hugging fellow contestants. "I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H'Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me."
Social media fired at Summers after an Instagram video surfaced of her, Miss Universe Australia Francesca Hung and Miss Universe Colombia Valeria Morales discussing Miss Cambodia's grasp of the English language. In the video, Summers is seen saying that Sinat doesn't know "any English" and that "it must be isolating and confusing all the time". She also said that "no one here speaks her language". Then she went on to say, "Poor Cambodia". "She pretends to know so much English and then after having an entire conversation with her she goes..." said the pageant contestant grinning widely and then bursting out laughing along with the two implying that Sinat doesn't understand their conversation.
Social media users called her comments "rude", "condescending" and "xenophobic". Even after the apology, the internet is not pleased because Summers has abled only selective followers from commenting on her post, leading them to speculate that she's trying to control criticism.
Miss Cambodia also responded to the criticism and in an Instagram post that showed her posing with her fellow contestants said, "I speak the language of love, respect and understanding." Her fans surprisingly were disappointed with her handling of the matter. One user said, "What's the deal for you to tape this and have this photo with all the snakes @rern_sinat? I did appreciate you a lot but they were mocking at you and just want to know if there's a deal that miss universe org has offered? 🤔🤔 So disappointed to see that these three girls are just acting good with you and you played the game with them!!! " while another fan said, "Broooo it’s all good we know America is at your neck just tell us what’s up we know she’s a lil racist".