Miss Universe Malaysia 2017, Samantha Katie James, has received backlash online earlier this month over her comments directed at black people on her Instagram story.
The former beauty queen’s comments that were deemed insensitive to the Black Lives Matter protests in the US says, “You chose to be born as ‘coloured’ person in America for a reason. To learn a certain lesson.”
She added, “Accept it as it is, till now hunger and poverty still exists. It is what it is. It is inevitable. Best you can do is remain calm, protect [your] heart, don’t allow it to crumble.”
An online petition was created to urge the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) to strip Samantha of her title despite having already relinquished her reign 3 years ago.
The organization has expressed its dismay in an official statement on Instagram saying Samantha’s posts are “inappropriate, offensive, unacceptable and hurtful.”
They further explained that Samantha’s comments are her personal views and clarified that she has not represented the organization since June 2018.
“MUMO stands for a non-racial society and strongly condemns all acts of racism and prejudice anywhere in the world.”
Samantha has since apologized for her controversial remarks. She posted on Instagram, “I do hear you, I’m sorry. I know you’re hurting. I know it’s unfair. I’m not in your shoes to understand this fully.”
The 25-year-old went on to explain why she made those comments and ended her apology by explaining her cultural background.
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