Filipina Miss Universe titlists Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach have spoken up against cyberbullying.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach recently went on Instagram to address the Miss Universe social media management and followers of the pageant account and suggested ways to stop hate comments online.
Wurtzbach, who holds the distinction of breaking the Philippines’ 42-year title drought in the pageant, was actually responding to a Miss Universe repost of a screenshot of her tweet saying, “To anyone who’s going through something, kapit lang (Just hold on). We’re here for you!”
“Hi! Aside from posting pictures, positive messages, updates about Cat, why not take time to scroll through the comments also and block the ones that are spreading hate on this page,” Wurtzbach wrote in her comment on the August 8 Miss Universe social media post.
Pia Wurtzbach, the first Filipino to have a wax figure in Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong, encouraged everyone to help stop cyberbullying.
“Miss Universe celebrates unity in diversity. Miss Universe uplifts, empowers, and inspires. I think the IG account (and comments that everyone can see) should reflect that also. Not sure if they’re aware, but it’s become quite toxic here already. That’s not what MU is about. No more bullying and spreading hate on this page, please,” said Wurtzbach.
Reigning Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, who was recently in South Africa to judge a pageant, addressed the same issue of online bullying in a Question and Answer session on Twitter conducted in mid-July.
“Obviously I stand firmly against any form of bullying and bashing – online and off. It is never, ever okay to put someone down for the sake of “expressing your opinion”. With words come power and we should be using those words to build someone up and not pull them down,” replied Gray to a question about her stand on online bullying.
“I don’t condone any form of bullying or bashing. Even if it’s in response to an initial comment or in the name of “protecting” or “standing up”. If you respond to hate with hate, you have a never-ending cycle. All of us have the power to be the difference, and I hope we will,” said Gray, who won her beauty title on a platform of positivity.
Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach were recently seen together on stage for the Philippine show “ASAPNatinTo” in California.
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