A Colombian man burned an effigy of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in the streets and posted on the video on his Facebook page. But after receiving tons of criticisms especially from Filipinos, he deleted the video and later apologized. But before it was deleted, the video wasre-uploaded on Facebook and YouTube. Below is the controversial video and his public apology.
As you can see, a certain Noider Almanza Barraza sets fire on the effigy of Pia Wurtzbach, and even waved in front of the camera. Apparently, a huge controversy occurred when host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced that the winner is Ariadna Gutierrez, and Miss Philippines is only 1st runner-up. He immediately corrected his error and apologized.
But shortly, many Colombians claimed that there was cheating involved in the contest, noting that people couldn’t accept that their representative will be crowned by another Colombian, Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega. Nevertheless, and Pia Wurtzbach sent heartwarming message to Ariadna Gutierrez, and the Miss Universe Organization clarified that Pia is the real winner.
This Sunday, January 3, the Colombian man apologized and noted that he was just taking part on the annual tradition during New Year’s Eve in Colombia, where people are burning effigies (or dolls) of personalities and characters that became controversial. There were reports that he is not the only Colombian who did this, and others also burned the effigy of Steve Harvey.
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Credit: Noider Almanza Barraza Facebook
Here is the rough translation of Noider Almanza Barraza’s apology:
“The video that I posted to my social networks showing the burning of the dolls is a New Year tradition of my country, We burn dolls representing bad news or anything controversial in 2015 to symbolize we are leaving the year 2015 and begin a new year. At no time did I mean to hurt or offend the people of the Philippines. I am very sad and sorry for the controversy my video has caused, but I wasn’t the only one who burned that kind of effigy. I apologize.”
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