Miss Papua New Guinea was crowned after sharing a video of herself on TikTok, with critics saying the incident revealed the culture of women deeply ingrained in the country.
Lucy Maino, 25, formerly captain of Papua New Guinea women’s soccer team, faced severe online harassment after she shared a video of herself twitching on the video-sharing app TikTok.
The jerky video is normal in the application though. But Maino̵7;s deleted video was also picked up by critics who said it was inappropriate for “role models” to share videos of herself dancing this way.
The video was downloaded from her personal account and shared on social media platforms and YouTube, where thousands of people have criticized Maino.
After the video and the backlash to the video, Maino was “dismissed” from her duties by the Miss Pacific Islands Committee Pageant PNG (MPIP PNG) this week.
“Our primary purpose is to empower women. We are a unique competitive platform platform that promotes cultural heritage, traditional values and sharing through tourism about our country and people, ”the committee said in a statement. Honesty and community service with a focus on education “
Allan Bird, Governor of Eastern Sepik and co-chair of the Coalition Against Gender Violence condemned Mino’s online harassment, writing on social media: “What kind of society condemns torture? And killing women But uncomfortable When young women perform dance videos “
Former Ms. P.N. Anonymous, said the incident showed a deepening of hate in the country.
“I’m sure that the male public did TikTok or not. We’ll all laugh or even compliment him, ”she said.
Maino received a soccer scholarship which earned her a degree in business administration at the University of Hawaii. She represented Papua New Guinea as co-captain of the 2019 national team, winning two gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.
She was crowned Miss Papua New Guinea, a role involved in serving as the country’s cultural ambassador and advocate for women – in 2019, she is still active for a year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many have criticized the board for not supporting Maino after her attack on video.
One female supporter, who did not want to be named for fear of being targeted by people harassing Maino online, said: “The committee was able to do better by outlining the sentence she violated as the reigning queen first…. I feel They threw her under the bus and didn’t let her come out to talk. That is not the way to go “
The United Nations in Papua New Guinea expressed frustration in a statement on Facebook: “We see the devastation of violence against women and children in this beautiful country. Some of those who went through bullying lost their lives … Start by telling women they should cover up. It starts by telling the girls that they shouldn’t dance like that. “
The Guardian approached Maino and the MPIP PNG board for comment. But they did not respond by the time they were published.