Ariella Arida apologizes for ‘offensive’ Latina comments

The Philippines’ Miss Universe bet Ariella Arida believes her supposedly offensive comment on Latina beauties was misinterpreted.
 
Tweeting en route to Moscow, the Philippines' official representative to the Miss Universe pageant clarified that she didn't mean to offend anyone when she told ANC's "Headstart" that "Latinas cannot even speak a sentence."                                                                       

Ariella’s statement to ANC was her way of defending herself from critics who said that she lacked the English communication skills to nail the country's third Miss Universe crown.
 
In her last live interview before flying to Moscow on Monday (October 21), host Karen Davila asked Ariella to comment on a Twitter question asking, "Is this our Miss Universe? I think she's having a hard time speaking in English."
 
She responded: "You know, I've [gotten] a lot of trainings, especially on my communication skills. And I'm doing my best to really express myself, to convey a message to the people.”
 
"Like what I've told my trainers, 'Don't worry, I will do my best in the competition.' Because, you know, when you get there, it's [about] how you express yourself," Ariella continued.
 
A Chemist by profession, the University of the Philippines Los Banos graduate cited Latina beauties as an example of how even non-English speaking bets have the chance to get the crown.
 
"Especially, you know, Latinas cannot even speak a sentence, right? I mean, a complete sentence in English. You know, I think, it's the Filipinos who are very critical about this."
 
DJ Mo in Latinas’ shoes

Ariella’s remarks didn’t sit well for outspoken DJ Mo Twister who expressed his opinion via social networking sites.

"I don't intend to bash on our Ms Philippines here but how the [expletive] is this not considered offensive toward Latinas?" he asked on Instagram.
 
The controversial DJ/host described how he would react if he were in the Latinas’ shoes.
 
"That would royally piss me off if I were of Latin descent. I'm pretty sure we would lose our minds if we heard an interview of a contestant saying 'Filipinos can't string a sentence together' and our Senator/Congressman would persona non grata that bitch immediately.”
 
Meanwhile, Ervic Vijandre, who has been reportedly seeing the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe, came to Ariella’s rescue.

“Bakla lang ang peg! Gusto yata maging beauty queen. Kulang ka sa Height teh!#littleladyboyFollow,” the model-actor captioned the screenshot of Mo’s Instagram rant.

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