Myanmar’s titled beauty pageant was stripped of her title and crown after she posted a graphic video accusing Muslim Rohingya militants of driving communal violence in Rakhine state. In the recent past, the mainly Buddhist country has been fraught with violence stemming from the conflict between the Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims.
The conflict started on August 25, after the Myanmar government accused the Rohingya militants of attacking police posts. In response, the Myanmar army started an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims driving them out of the Rakhine state and forcing them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
On Sunday, Miss Grand Myanmar, Shwe Eain Si accused the Rohingya militants of leading a ‘media campaign’ to trick the world into thinking that ‘they are oppressed’. In the video, she spoke to her audience and also inserted images of people with bloody injuries, nude babies and screenshots from videos posted by the militant group known as ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army).
Soon after the video was posted, the firm behind the beauty pageant announced that Shwe Eain had been stripped of her title for breaching contract rules which ask her to “project a decent image of a pageant contestant”.
But in a reply posted on Facebook Tuesday Shwe Eain Si said these accusations were “groundless” and linked the move to her comments on the Rohingya.
One of the company’s complaints, the beauty queen wrote, was that she “failed to project a decent image of a pageant contestant”.
“Yes, Shwe Eain Si made a video about the reign of terror brought about by the ARSA militants in Rakhine State, but that was hardly qualified as a failure to project a decent image of a pageant contestant,” her post said.
Miss Universe Myanmar was not immediately available for comment.