Miss Papua New Guinea was stripped of her crown after sharing a video of herself twisting on TikTok, which critics say reveals a deep-rooted culture of disgust in the country.
Lucy Maino, 25, is also the co-captain of the Papua New Guinea women’s football team. She was harassed online after sharing a video of herself twisting herself on the video sharing app TikTok.
Although rebroadcast videos are often used in the app, critics have chosen the video that Maino has now deleted. Critics say it is not suitable for “character models”
The video was downloaded from her private account and shared on social media platforms and YouTube. Thousands of people criticized Maino.
After the video tape and its strong response, this week, Maino was “removed” by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG (MPIP PNG) committee.
“Our core goal is to empower women. The committee said in a statement: “We are a unique pageant style platform that promotes cultural heritage, traditional values and sharing information about our country and people through tourism. “MPIP PNG promotes the virtues of confidence, self-worth, integrity and community service, while focusing on education. “
Allan Bird, the governor of Eastern Sepik State and co-chairman of the Parliamentary Against Gender Violence, condemned Maino’s online harassment on social media. He wrote on social media: “What kind of Society condemns the torture and killing of women but feels uneasy when a young woman does a dance video?”
A former Miss Papua New Guinea who asked not to be named said that the incident showed that the country was deeply rooted.
“I’m sure if any male public figures have done TikTok , We all laugh and even praise him. “she says.
Maino won a football scholarship, which allowed her to complete a degree in business administration at the University of Hawaii. She represented Papua New Guinea as the 2019 National Team President and won two gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.
She was crowned Miss Papua New Guinea in 2019 (this position includes serving as the country’s cultural ambassador and women’s advocate). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she continued to hold this position for another year.
After Maino was attacked by video, many people criticized the committee for not supporting Maino.
A female advocate declined to be named because she did not want to be the target of harassing the Maino crowd online. She said: “The committee could have resolved this issue better, because the first thing to do is to outline the terms she violated as the current queen…I Feeling that they threw her under the bus without giving her a chance to speak. That’s not the way to go.”
The United Nations in Papua New Guinea expressed its dissatisfaction through a statement on Facebook: “We have seen violence against women and children in this beautiful country destroyed. Some people who have lost their lives through bullying… from telling women they should Cover yourself and start. First, tell the women that they shouldn’t dance like that.”
The Guardian asked Maino and the MPIP PNG committee for comments, but they did not respond at the time of publication.