Twerking has confirmed to be pricey for Miss Papua New Guinea, who has purportedly been stripped of her crown for sharing a video of herself on TikTok. According to a report in The Guardian, 25-year-old Lucy Maino — who has additionally served as co-captain of Papua New Guinea’s ladies’s soccer staff — needed to face numerous on-line flak when she shared a video of herself twerking on the video-sharing app TikTok.
While posting of twerking movies are widespread on-line, and particularly on the app, Maino’s now-deleted video was singled out by some individuals, who claimed it was unbecoming for a “role model” to share a video of herself “dancing in this way”.
In a gross violation of her rights, the video — which she had shared on her non-public account — was downloaded after which shared on different platforms like YouTube, the place a number of different individuals watched after which criticised her.
The Guardian report states after the video was made public, and the backlash that she had acquired for it, Maino was “released” from her duties by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG (MPIP PNG) committee this week.
In a press release, the committee mentioned: “Our core purpose is empowerment of women. We are a unique pageant style platform that promotes cultural heritage, traditional values and sharing through tourism about our country and people. MPIP PNG promotes the virtues of confidence, self-worth, integrity, and community service with a parallel focus on education.”
Per the report, some critics, nonetheless, have condemned this, stating that the incident exposes a “deep-seated culture of misogyny” within the nation. Allan Bird, the governor of East Sepik and the co-chair of the Coalition of Parliamentarians in opposition to Gender-Based Violence, denounced this on-line harassment, writing on social media: “What kind of society condemns the torture and killing of women, yet get upset when a young woman does a dance video?”
A former Miss PNG, who didn’t want to be named, was additionally quoted by The Guardian as saying: “I am sure if a male public figure did a TikTok, we would all be laughing or even praising him.”
On her half, Maino, nonetheless, took to Instagram to make clear that whereas “some have implied that the crown was taken” from her, “that is not the case”.
“Instead, in agreement with the Pageant Committee, I completed my service as Miss PNG Pacific Islands 2019-2020. I thank the Pageant Committee, partners and sponsors to the pageant, as well as the many who have supported me; The PNG Special Parliamentary Committee on Gender-Based Violence, The United Nations in Papua New Guinea, and especially my sponsor, Paga Hill Estate. I also want to thank the many people who have reached out to me in the past few weeks with messages of encouragement and support,” she wrote.
Maino was topped Miss Papua New Guinea — a task involving appearing as a cultural ambassador for the nation and an advocate for ladies — in 2019. She needed to proceed for a further yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the report states.
The United Nations in Papua New Guinea, have additionally expressed their dissatisfaction on Facebook: “While constructive criticism and dissenting views are legitimate, bullying is NEVER acceptable in any form: neither digital or in-person. We see the devastation of violence against women and children in this beautiful country. Some through bullying have lost their lives.”