After Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan, citizens of the country flocked to social media to express their rather harsh opinions about the multiracial beauty representing their country.
The daughter of a Japanese woman and an African-American man, Ariana Miyamoto, 20, was scrutinized by many after winning the coveted pageant title. See some of the rude remarks being said about Miss Universe Japan below.
Miss Universe Japan Dissed — Not Japanese Enough?
Many unhappy citizens of Japan bashed Ariana saying she did not look “Japanese” enough to be the winner of the pageant — crazy, right?!
Ariana was forced to defend herself during her first meeting with the Japanese media after she was crowned. She said she may not “look Japanese” on the outside, but on the inside, her soul is replete with Japaneseness, according to Kotaku.
Here are some of the harsh comments on Twitter about Ariana, translated into English:
“Is it ok to choose a haafu to represent Japan? Sometimes the criteria which they use to select Miss Universe is a bit of a mystery”
“Even though she’s Miss Universe Japan, her face is foreign no matter how you look at it!”
“Beauty contest. Miss Universe Japan is….wha? What kind of person? She’s ….not…..Japanese…right?”
Ariana is considered haafu, which basically means multiracial in Japanese culture.
“Sometimes, due to their alluring features, haafu are not always treated the same, or even as Japanese, as their native peers,” Japan’s Rocket News 24 reported.
“Miss Nagasaki faced her fair share of race-related challenges too and although some people are against her acting as a representative for Japan due to her mixed heritage, she is also receiving a lot of support.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s fair that Ariana was criticized after winning the title of Miss Universe Japan? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
— Shira Benozilio