Miss Universe 2021 falls apart; we have the list of all contestants who quit. The Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel has become a political issue, particularly after the African government withdrew its support for Miss SA Lalela Mswane’s participation.
The Miss SA Organization insists that Mswane will go to Israel despite political parties and leaders asking her to stay away. Palestinian supporters have called South Africa’s involvement “delusional with the oppressors.”
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African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, said Miss SA’s decision to participate in Miss Universe lacked “appreciation of the possible negative impact of such a decision on the reputation and future of a young black woman.”
“The atrocities committed by Israel against the Palestinians are well documented and the government, as the legitimate representative of the people of South Africa, cannot in good conscience associate itself with that,” he said.
But the controversy has not only reached Africa, in the last hours, Miss Greece, Rafael Plastire, said that she is disappointed with the contest and that the decision to leave was not easy.
Plastire wrote on Instagram: “I am disappointed in Miss Universe for this! It was a childhood dream for me, but I don’t really care. I care about my people! Humanity above beauty pageants!
“It’s time to make our voices louder than ever!”
The beauty queen has also posted her support for Palestine in the past, saying that the people of Palestine live in her heart.
“I may not live in Palestine, but Palestine lives in my heart forever. I see humans. Pray for Palestine.”
Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, has supported the withdrawal of Miss Greece, the Daily Sun reported.
“Her withdrawal is a brave act and makes her a true hero to all those who value human rights, justice and peace in the world. We urge Miss South Africa, Lalela Mswane to listen to the wise words of Miss Greece.”
Miss Indonesia, Miss Malaysia, Miss Laos have also boycotted the pageant, a move praised by Mandela. He called on all nations to retreat.
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Miss Barbados, Hillary Ann Williams, has pulled out of the upcoming Miss Universe pageant that will take place in December in Eilat, an Israeli-occupied Palestinian city, citing COVID-19 conditions and restrictions.
According to Inkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, Miss Barbados withdrew from the Miss Universe pageant citing COVID-19 conditions and restrictions.
“We wish that all contestants had the courage and wisdom that Miss Universe Greece, Rafaela Plastira, had to disassociate herself from the evils of Apartheid in Israel and be a voice for peace and justice for the Palestinian people,” he said in a statement. on Wednesday to welcome the withdrawal of Miss Barbados.
“I can’t get on that stage and act like nothing is happening when people are fighting for their lives out there,” said Rafaela Plastira, Miss Greece, when she announced in October that she would not attend the Miss Universe pageant in ‘Israel’ on next December, saying that “the reason for that is the country.”
“However, we reiterate our call to all contestants around the world to follow their example and withdraw regardless of the reasons. We repeat that there is nothing beautiful about apartheid. We must know that we live it,” added the former grandson. South African President Nelson Mandela.
“We must not normalize oppression, discrimination and racism against the Palestinian people by organizing beauty pageants as if people’s houses are not being torn down on a daily basis, lands taken away for the expansion of illegal settlements in violation of international law and violence. imposed on young and old alike. “
“There is nothing beautiful about apartheid in Israel and there is nothing beautiful about the occupation of Palestinian lands. The Miss Universe pageant event is just a poor attempt to conceive of the occupation, genocide and crimes against humanity that ensue. they perpetrate daily against innocent Palestinians. “
“Those who persist in participating in the Apartheid Israel Miss Universe pageant in December 2021 in Israel will be harshly judged by history, as will all those who supported the Apartheid regime in South Africa today hang their heads in shame and shame.”
Since July, various advocates and pro-Palestinian organizations have been calling for a boycott of the 70th Miss Universe pageant, as it will be held this December in Eilat.
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Miss Universe 2021 falls apart; all contestants who have so far resigned