October 10, 2013 6:10 PM EST
Racism Begetting More Racism: Miss World 2013 Vs. Devina
The recent controversy revolving around Devina DeDiva's racist posts against Megan Young, the first Filipina who was recently crowned Miss World 2013, went viral around the social media and got her huge attention. Reacting to racism by being racist is an awful concept.
For those of you not privy to what DeDiva stated, see her Facebook post below:
DeDiva's words, while insensitive and racially prejudiced, are so akin to sentiments heard and expressed before as the Philippines' labour export policy has, since the late 1970s, been dependent on the export of women to work as domestic helpers around the globe, it is unsurprising that 'Filipinas' are equated with domestic servitude.
The Filipina 'maid' as a global brand has become so pervasive that one of the definitions for "Filipina" in the Oxford Dictionary in the 1990s read that Filipinas were "female domestic helpers" - it was removed after much protest.
Singapore, where Devina DeDiva lives, is one of the worst places where abuse against domestic workers is highest as Singapore government enforces the draconian measures against domestic workers - mandatory annual HIV and pregnancy tests to strict prohibitions against civil organizing.
When these countries treat foreign domestic workers grossly, is it not unsurprising that its citizens feel that it is perfectly normal to dehumanize not only Filipinas who work as domestic workers, but all Filipinas at large?
This then brings us to DeDiva. Although DeDiva's viewpoints are in the minority, the fact that her viewpoints are subtly sanctioned by the Singaporean government's aforesaid policies make it likely that many others share her beliefs.
DeDiva's only mistake is that she gave voice to her beliefs on social media. Bbased on her social media posts though, DeDiva doesn't particularly seem to understand it.
Initially DeDiva has refused to take accountability for her actions and doesn't seem to realize that continuing to give voice to her thoughts will end up harming her in the long-run. But then she realised her blunder and apologized to all Filipinos and Megan Young. She got her job back after the apology, and things are going better for her now.
Here's the tweet made by Devina DeDiva Apologizing to Megan Young and the Filipinos:
To summarize Rooney Mara's character in "The Social Network," what's written on the Internet is in ink, and not in pencil.
Even DeDiva herself has posted on Facebook asking her critics to see her actions as hers alone, and not representative of Indian people:
Reacting to racism by being racist is an awful concept. Singling out DeDiva accomplishes nothing as Filipinos should reach out to organizations like H.O.M.E in Singapore, which does a lot of great outreach work among foreign domestic workers, to demand for better policies and laws.They should ask the Philippine government for pathways beyond labour migration and they should think constructively to wipe out racism.
Watch Devina DeDiva - Miss Racist 2013 vs Megan Young in the video below:
You may also like to read more on Devina Dediva:
Devina Dediva Bashes Filipino Showtime Host Vice Ganda On Twitter [PHOTOS] Read HERE
Devina Dediva Finally Apologized To Megan Young Through Twitter [PHOTOS/VIDEOS] Read HERE
Devina Dediva Saga: School Probes Student's Alleged Racist Comments [PHOTOS/VIDEOS] Read HERE