Miss Universe 1996 doesn't know the difference between China and Korea

on Dec 08, 2010 @ 01:12 pm

After the North Korean attack on South Korea, Alicia Machado, who was Miss Universe 1996, posted this on twitter:

I want to ask you to join me in a prayer for peace, that these attacks
between the Chinas do not make our situation worse."

What a genius she must be! Now it gets better...Alicia closed her twitter account after backlash to this tweet, and so Paulina Rubio (Mexican singer) took it upon herself to defend the ridiculous comment with this:

"Leave Alicia alone. All Japanese people look the same and China is a very big country"

HUH??  Okay, so you think this is bad....well Alicia then came out with this statement:

"I was
not wrong, I do not make any mistakes. What I did was ask a prayer of
good faith for the conflict that is happening in Asia. I said it in a
very informal way and was misinterpreted. Obviously, I know there is
conflict between North Korea and South Korea. It was just a funny way
to refer to the entire Asian continent. Like when we say 'Look at that
Gringo' and turns out that he's Canadian. We call Chinese to everyone who looks Asian. That's what I meant."

There are no words...

Here's Einstein back in '96:

5 Replies

heaven help us on Dec 08, 2010 @ 01:24 pm

I'm looking forward to a new pageant, titled "Miss I-Am-More-Than-Just-A-Hottie".

I know there are many highly intelligent women who participate in pageants, but there certainly seem to be far too many girls who lack basic knowledge of 4th grade geography and 7th grade world history.

Amen, sister! on Dec 08, 2010 @ 01:56 pm

That's pretty ignorant of her to say such a thing, and adding insult to injury to blatantly say that she makes no mistakes and that it's "funny" to call all Asians Chinese.

To Alicia and Paulina:
People from China = Chinese
People from Japan = Japanese
People from Korea = Korean

amen! on Dec 08, 2010 @ 02:28 pm

Yes, while I am Caucasian, I know from friends from these countries that it's quite offensive to lump everyone together under one term. Big section of the globe, many countries, many ethnicities. BIG DIFFERENCE!

awful on Dec 08, 2010 @ 02:30 pm

This really makes the whole Miss Universe competition look ridiculous

Hopefully the current Miss U (whoever that may be) was given a tutorial on world geography after this

Just to add... on Dec 08, 2010 @ 02:35 pm

...on a past trip to Europe I told someone I was Canadian and they kept calling me American. I would correct them but they seemed to think that Canada was part of the U.S. I remember feeling pretty insulted about this -- but it just makes it so much worse to go posting your ignorance on a public forum, and particularly when it's someone who was once supposed to be a representative of women internationally

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