Miss Universe Canada 2020 condemns racist remarks from pageant fans

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Nova Stevens, Canada's Miss Universe 2020 representative, shared disturbing comments she received on social media from people, including Filipinos, insulting her for her dark skin. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) — Nova Stevens, Canada's Miss Universe 2020 representative, shared disturbing comments she received on social media from people, including Filipinos, insulting her for her dark skin.

Stevens posted some screenshots on Instagram on Tuesday, showing some Filipinos calling her "burnt" and "scary." She pointed out that the discriminatory remarks come even amid the Black Lives Matter movement and the calls to end racist attacks against Asians.

"I'm really disappointed with some Pageant fans from certain countries," she said. "No one is saying you HAVE to support all contestants, all we're saying is that you support your delegate without bringing others down."

Stevens later clarified that she did not mean all Filipinos were racist and apologized for any possible harm her statement had caused. Her latest post also included positive comments from Filipinos.

"The last thing I want is for anyone to experience hate so please don't bash or generalize the Filipino fans; not all are racist," she said.

Stevens will be competing alongside Philippines' bet Rabiya Mateo and 72 others in the Miss Universe 2020 pageant in Hollywood, Florida on May 16 (May 17 in Manila). Mateo urged all Filipinos to respect her competitors and has also apologized to Stevens on their behalf.